Piedmont Valley Elementary School is a part of the Meade School District. The school consists of kindergarten through six grades. Students in grades seven through 12 attend school at Sturgis Williams Middle School and Sturgis Brown High School. 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.
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.
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. The school was reconstructed in 2012 and reopened in 2013. The gymnasium is the only portion of the school that was not torn down and rebuilt. For more information about Piedmont Valley Elementary, call 605-787-5295.
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.
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 2014-2015 report card,
Brown High School’s 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. In the 2015-2016 report card, the graduation rate slightly increased to 92.65 percent
During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Meade County School District's fall enrollment was 2,641 in grades K-12. With a 1.0 percent dropout rate, the district graduated 151 students. Ninety four students took the ACT exam. The average composite score was 21.7. To view a statistical profile of funding, student and staff data, see the South Dakota Department of Education's 2014-2015 Profile of Meade School District.
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.