We reviewed 21,035 U.S. public high schools; 38 South Dakota schools made our rankings.View Rankings
Along with state math and science assessments, South Dakota high school students must take a writing test through the WriteToLearn program. Seniors in South Dakota are encouraged to complete a capstone experience through an internship or community service. South Dakota also hosts programs aimed at increasing the educational success of American Indian students, according to the South Dakota Department of Education.
Among the South Dakota schools listed in the U.S. News Best High Schools 2013 rankings, eight earned silver medals and 30 received bronze medals. One of the state's top-ranked high schools, Roosevelt High School in the Sioux Falls School District, is about a four-hour drive from the South Dakota capital of Pierre.