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
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
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