Schools in Rapid City

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:

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:

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

BHSU-Rapid City

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