Best High Schools
in South Dakota

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.

Top Ranked SD Schools

To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.

#1

Roosevelt High School

6600 WEST 41ST ST, SIOUX FALLS, SD 57106

#2

Stevens High School

1200 44TH ST, RAPID CITY, SD 57702

#3

Harrisburg High School

1300 WEST WILLOW ST, HARRISBURG, SD 57032

#4

Wall High School

401 SOUTH BLVD WEST, WALL, SD 57790

#5

Brandon Valley High School

301 SOUTH SPLITROCK BLVD, BRANDON, SD 57005

#6

Brookings High School

530 ELM AVE, BROOKINGS, SD 57006

#7

Miller High School - 01

623 EAST 4TH ST, MILLER, SD 57362

#8

Ethan High School

320 SOUTH 2ND ST, ETHAN, SD 57334

Other Notable SD Schools

These schools were awarded a national bronze medal. They are listed alphabetically.

Arlington High School

306 SOUTH MAIN, ARLINGTON, SD 57212

Avon High School

210 PINE ST, AVON, SD 57315

See complete South Dakota High School Rankings

SD by the Numbers
Districts 149
High Schools 169
Full-Time Teachers 2,657
Students Enrolled 37,181

Featured Districts

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Sioux Falls School District supports seven high schools that serve 6,457 students.

Mount Rushmore near Rapid City, South Dakota

There are four high schools among the Rapid City Area Schools, serving 3,716 students.