Sturgis is home to three public schools: Brown High School, Williams Middle School, and Sturgis Elementary. The schools are part of the Meade District 46-1, which encompasses about 3,100 of Meade County’s 3,482 square miles. That makes it South Dakota’s largest school district geographically. About 75 percent of the Meade School District's students attend the three schools in Sturgis.
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. 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.
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 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. However in 2016, the graduation rate slightly increased to 92.65 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 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.