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Summerset is part in the Rapid City School District, part in the Meade district.
Summerset is part in the Rapid City School District, part in the Meade district.
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Summerset - Education & Training

Summerset is located in the Rapid City Area School District and Meade County School District.  The boundary runs east from High Meadows Road across Interstate 90 then South East to Ericson Ranch road.

Meade School District

Most children in Meade County attend school in the Meade School District 46-1 with eleven attendance centers in Sturgis, Piedmont, Whitewood, and elsewhere throughout the county. The district encompasses about 3,100 of Meade County’s 3,482 square miles. That makes it South Dakota’s largest school district geographically. Total enrollment for the Meade district in 2015 was 2,461.

Sturgis Elementary, located at 1121 Ball Park Road in Sturgis, had an enrollment of 715 students in 2015. For more information about Sturgis Elementary, call 605-347-2386.

Whitewood Elementary located at 603 Garfield Street in Whitewood, sits west of Sturgis across the county line in Lawrence County, but is administered by the Meade District and enjoys a close association with schools in Sturgis. Whitewood Elementary featured an enrollment of 107 students in 2015. For more information about Whitewood Elementary, call 605-269-2264.

Piedmont Valley Elementary (K-6) is located at 16159 Second Street in Piedmont, east of Sturgis along Interstate 90 and had an enrollment of 569 students in 2015. For more information about Piedmont Valley Elementary, call 605-787-5295.

The district also has the following six rural schools spread throughout the county: 

  • Atall Elementary (2015 enrollment of 13), located at 16375 Atall Road in Union Center. For more information about Atall Elementary, call 605-985-5916.
  • Elm Springs Elementary (2015 enrollment of 11), located at 21309 Elm Springs Road in Wasta. For more information about Elm Springs Elementary, call 605-798-2492.
  • Enning/Union Center Elementary (2015 enrollment of 44), located at 1700 Highway 34 in Union Center. For more information about Enning/Union Center Elementary, call 605-985-5367.
  • Hereford Elementary (2015 enrollment of 17), located at 15998 Cross South Road in Hereford. For more information about Hereford Elementary, call 605-985-5380.
  • Opal Elementary (2015 enrollment of 18), located at 18010 Opal Road in Opal. For more information about Opal Elementary, call 605-748-2426.

Middle School students attend Sturgis Williams Middle School in Sturgis, with a 2015 enrollment of 497. For more information about the middle school, call 605-347-5232. High school age students attend school at Sturgis Brown High School in Sturgis with a 2015 enrollment of 676. For more information about the high school, call 605-347-2686.

Testing Results

Under the previous No Child Left Behind rating system, students in the Meade County School District took the annual Dakota STEP test to ensure that the district were making adequate yearly progress (AYP) in reading and math. According to the State of South Dakota's report card,

In the 2015-2016 report card, the graduation rate at Brown High School was 92.65 percent. The high schools’ graduation rate  was 92.59 percent in 2015, down from the 93.21 percent rate posted in 2014 but higher than the statewide average of 90.06 percent.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Meade County School District's fall enrollment was 2,667 in grades K-12. With a 0.9 percent dropout rate, the district graduated 124 students. Seventy six students took the ACT exam. The average composite score was 21.3. To view a statistical profile of funding, student and staff data, see the South Dakota Department of Education's 2015-2016 Profile of Meade School District.

Governance and Budget

The Meade County Board of Education is composed of nine publicly elected members. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, at the Williams Administrative Building. The meetings are sometimes rescheduled in May and August. Agendas are available the Friday before meetings and may be picked up at school district administrative offices, or found online.

Meade County Board of Education contact information is available at this link.

Rapid City Area Schools

In the fall of 2015, 13,664 students were enrolled in Rapid City Area Schools, including 6,840 in elementary, 3,105 in middle school and 3,970 in high school. With 26 schools and approximately 1037 teachers, the district is the second largest in South Dakota. Approximately 19 percent of all students are of American Indian descent. More than a third of the district’s students meet the federal poverty guidelines for free and reduced lunches. More information about educational opportunities in Rapid City, click here.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Rapid City Area Schools' fall enrollment was 13,743 in grades K-12. With a 3.2 percent dropout rate, the district graduated 743 students. 535 students took the ACT exam.  According the State of South Dakota's report card, Rapid City's high school graduation rate was 74.11 percent in 2015, a rise from the 71.08 percent rate posted in 2014 and below the statewide average of 83.86 percent. In the 2015-2016 report card, the graduation rate was 75.91 percent.  To view a statistical profile of funding, student and staff data, see the South Dakota Department of Education's 2015-2016 profile of the Rapid City Area School District.

Governance and Budget

The Rapid City Area School District’s Board of Education is composed of seven publicly elected members. Board meetings are the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm in the board room located in the City/School Administration Center (CSAS) on the second floor in the Council Chambers Room unless noted otherwise.  Quarterly Western Dakota Tech meetings are held at the Dakota Lecture Hall at 5:30pm and can be found on the board meetings link above, as well as the Board Study Sessions.  Agendas are available online before meetings or may be picked up at school district administrative offices. For the 2016-2017 school year, the school board estimates total expenditures of about $199.6 million.

More Information 

News articles related to Meade County schools’ budget, monthly school board meetings, school activities and other school-related issues can be found at the Black Hills Pioneer, and the Meade County School District’s Website.

News articles related to Rapid City area schools’ budget, monthly school board meetings, school activities and other school-related issues can be found at the Rapid City Area Schools’ Website, and in the Rapid City Journal

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