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Rapid City considers education to be the cornerstone for our community’s future. By investing in the education of our residents, we are demonstrating our confidence that the community will continue to prosper.

Rapid City Area School District 51-4 services an approximate student population of 13,915 in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. With 1,037 full-time classroom teachers, the district’s overall student/teacher ratio is 13.4:

• 15 (K-5 grade) elementary schools
• 5 (6-8 grade) middle schools
• 4 (9-12 grades) high schools
• Special services at Jefferson Building

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Private School Options:

Black Hills Lutheran School |

Calvary Christian School

Children’s House Montessori

Creekside Christian School

Rapid City Christian School

St. Paul’s Lutheran School

Seventh Day Adventist School

Rapid City Catholic School System

Zion Lutheran School and Preschool

Rapid City Schools Homeschool Connection

Post Secondary Education

Rapid City has many great opportunities for higher education.

Black Hills Beauty College

Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University-Rapid City including classes from University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, Northern State University |

Headlines Academy

Hot Rod Institute

John Witherspoon College

National American University

Oglala Lakota College

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

South Dakota State University/West River Graduate Nursing

South Dakota State University West River Undergraduate Nursing

South Dakota State West River Center for Agriculture

University of South Dakota College of Nursing

Western Dakota Tech

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