We reviewed 31,242 U.S. public high schools; 35 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 2014 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, two earned silver medals and 33 received bronze medals. One of the state's top-ranked high schools, Brookings High School, is about a three-hour drive from the South Dakota capital of Pierre.