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Best High Schools
in South Dakota

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.

Top Ranked SD Schools

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

#1

Rosholt High School

202 FINLEY AVE, ROSHOLT, SD 57260

#2

Brookings High School

530 ELM AVE, BROOKINGS, SD 57006

Other Notable SD Schools

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

Alcester-Hudson High Scho

102 EAST 5TH, ALCESTER, SD 57001

Canistota High School

431 4TH AVE, CANISTOTA, SD 57012

Canton High School

800 NORTH MAIN, CANTON, SD 57013

Centerville High School

610 LINCOLN ST, CENTERVILLE, SD 57014

Central High School

2200 SOUTH ROOSEVELT ST, ABERDEEN, SD 57401

Clark High School

220 NORTH CLINTON, CLARK, SD 57225

Colome High School

105 CARR ST, COLOME, SD 57528

De Smet High School

405 3RD ST SW, DE SMET, SD 57231

See complete South Dakota High School Rankings

SD by the Numbers
Districts 121
High Schools 133
Full-Time Teachers 2,434
Students Enrolled 35,117

Featured Districts

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Sioux Falls School District supports six high schools that serve 6,489 students.

Mount Rushmore near Rapid City, South Dakota

There are four high schools among the Rapid City Area Schools, serving 3,845 students.