Schools in Rapid City

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Schools in Rapid City SD

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.

The Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) serves nearly 14,000 students and employs approximately 1,800 people. Nearly half of RCAS teachers have advanced degrees and the average teacher in the RCAS has 14.2 years of experience. This district is rich in diversity. Twenty-one percent of RCAS students are Native American.

The RCAS is the state’s second largest district and is home to 15 elementary schools, five middle schools, two comprehensive high schools and one alternative high school. The district owns nearly 700 acres of land in and around Rapid City and maintains 30 buildings with a collective 2 million square feet.

RCAS is committed to building tomorrow’s community through inspiration, innovation, and excellence. The district recently launched Strategic Plan 2022. This aggressive five-year plan focuses on five key areas: Reading proficiently by third grade; 21st Century Learning; College, Career & Life Readiness; Teaching & Leading; and School & Community Partnerships.

Parents and guardians can learn what school attendance area they live in, whether they are eligible for busing and more by entering their address into the program found at this link: https://vtweb2.tylertech.com/RapidCity/elinkrp/search.aspx.

Whether you are new to Rapid City, or just new to the Rapid City Area Schools, the RCAS Parents page has a plethora of information regarding registration, transfers, busing and more. Check out this link to learn more: https://rcas.org/parents.

Private School Options

Black Hills Lutheran School
www.bhlutheran.org

Calvary Christian School
www.calvarychristianschoolrapidcity.com

Children’s House Montessori
www.chkids.net

Creekside Christian School
www.creeksidechristianrc.org

Rapid City Christian School
www.rcchristian.org

St. Paul’s Lutheran School
www.stpaulsknights.org

Seventh Day Adventist School
rapid22.adventistschoolconnect.org

Rapid City Catholic School System
rccss.org

Zion Lutheran School and Preschool
zionrc.org

Rapid City Schools Homeschool Connection
public.rcas.org/HomeSchool/Pages

Post Secondary Education

Rapid City has many great opportunities for higher education.

Black Hills Beauty College
www.bhbeautycollege.com

Black Hills State University
www.bhsu.edu

BHSU-Rapid City
www.bhsu.edu/rapidcity

Headlines Academy
www.headlinesacademy.com

Hot Rod Institute
www.hotrod.edu

John Witherspoon College
http://jwc.edu

National American University
www.national.edu

Oglala Lakota College
www.olc.edu

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
www.sdsmt.edu

South Dakota State University/West River Graduate Nursing
www.sdstate.edu/nursing/standard-option-rapid-city

South Dakota State University/West River Undergraduate Nursing
www.sdstate.edu

South Dakota State West River Center for Agriculture
www.sdstate.edu/west-river-ag-center

University of South Dakota College of Nursing
www.usd.edu/health-sciences/nursing

Western Dakota Tech
www.wdt.edu