South Dakota school districts

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K-12 Education in South Dakota
State Superintendent: Melody Schopp
Number of students: 128,016[1]
Number of teachers: 9,247
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:13.8
Number of school districts: 171
Number of schools: 704
Graduation rate: 83%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $8,805[3]
See also
Public education in South Dakota
South Dakota Department of Education
South Dakota school districts
List of school districts in South Dakota
South Dakota

South Dakota is home to 171 school districts, 704 schools and 128,016 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

The current Secretary of Education is Melody Schopp. The following lists current members of the South Dakota Board of Education:[5]

  • Donald A. Kirkegaard, President
  • Patricia Simmons, Vice President
  • Kelly Duncan
  • Glenna N. Fouberg
  • Richard Gowen
  • Marilyn Hoyt
  • July Mathiesen
  • Stacy Phelps
  • Terry Sabers


The following list details the racial demographics of South Dakota schools according to the U.S. Department of Education:[4]

Racial demographics
Race  % of South Dakota students
American Indian 12
Asian 1
African American 2
Hispanic/Latino 3
White 80
Two or more 1

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: South Dakota school board elections, 2014

A total of two South Dakota school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014. These districts feature four seats up for election. Sioux Falls School District held elections in April 2014. Rapid City Area School District has scheduled elections on June 3, 2014. The districts listed below served 34,772 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[6]

2014 South Dakota School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Sioux Falls School District 4/8/2014 2 5 21,390
Rapid City Area School District 6/3/2014 2 7 13,382

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