Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

Schools & Education

Public Education

"Rapid City Schools-Educating Tomorrow's Leaders Today"

The Rapid City Area school District is made up of 15 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 2 high schools and 1 alternative high school academy. Approximately 13,000 students are served in grades K-12 by a total staff of about 1600 people.

Rapid City Schools web address is http://public.rcas.org/

Staffing Statistics for 2007 - 2008

Teachers: 965
Administrators/Technicians: 83.5
Secretarial/Clerical: 121.56
Food Service: 77.55M
WDTI: 111.63
Assistants/Tutors: 185.88
Custodians/Maintenance/Drivers: 188.55

Student Statistics for 2007 - 2008

6,105 2,934 4,056 13,115
ACT Scores
Nat'l Avg.State Avg.Rapid City Avg.
21.2 22 22.2

Graduation Rate 2005: 77.3%

Services Available: Pre-schools, Alternative High School, Virtual High School, Guidance & Counseling, Special Education, Bus Transportation, Summer School, Kidstop, Post Technical Education, Lunch/Breakfast, Partnership Enhanced Individualized Learning

Private & Parochial: 12 Schools-Grades K-12; 115 Teachers; 1509 Enrolled

Post Secondary Education

Rapid City is home of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, a 4-year degree college specialising in engineering and related fields.

National Amerian University provides 2- and 4-year degrees in business.

Western Dakota Technical Institute provides vocational training in areas such as drafting and computers.

The University Center - Rapid City represents a partnership among South Dakota's six public universities working cooperatively to deliver accessible, high-quality education in one convenient location

In Spearfish, 65 miles north, is Black Hills State University specializing in education and tourism.

Other educational facilities include:
Oglala Lakota College
Career Learning Center
SDSU College of Nursing
USD Department of Nursing
New Horizons
Black Hills Beauty College
Headlines Academy of Cosmetology &amp Massage
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Black Hills Indian Bible College