Rapid City school information

IndexRapid CitySouth DakotaNational
Average Test Scores42%43%49%
Student/Teacher ratio15:114:116:1
Total public schools2534079,221
Total private schools107624,874
Total post-secondary schools5257,963
The Rapid City, SD educational system consists of 25 public schools, 10 private schools and 5 post-secondary schools. Rapid City public schools have average test scores of 42% which is 3% lower than than the South Dakota average and 15% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Rapid City public schools is 15:1, compared to 14:1 in South Dakota and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 88.1% of students have completed 8th grade, 86.9% have completed high school, 30.5% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 2.9% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Rapid City are 15% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 25 public schools in Rapid City.
  • 88.1% of people in Rapid City have completed 8th grade.
  • 86.9% of people in Rapid City have completed high school.
  • 30.5% of people in Rapid City have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Rapid City

IndexRapid CitySouth DakotaNational
Completed 8th grade88.1%89.1%84.3%
Completed high school86.9%86.8%83.0%
Completed some college65.2%60.4%59.4%
Completed associate degree40.2%38.5%38.5%
Completed bachelors30.5%27.5%30.3%
Completed masters10.0%8.1%11.5%
Completed professional degree2.9%2.5%3.3%
Completed doctorate1.1%1.2%1.3%

Highest level of education achieved in Rapid City (high school & post-secondary)

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Piedmont, SD1,11153%8%
Box Elder, SD9,12644%11%
Blackhawk, SD2,98135%30%
Rapid Valley, SD8,62935%30%
Rapid City, SD72,44142%15%

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Waldorf, MD72,41336%28%
Layton, UT72,41344%11%
Iowa City, IA72,38573%47%
Goodyear, AZ72,62939%20%
Jonesboro, AR72,63829%40%
Rapid City, SD72,44142%15%
Source: The Rapid City, SD education data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and from the National Center for Education Statistics. The average school test scores are based on all schools that completed test scores within the state. Average test scores are conducted by each state independently and the type of tests may change from one state to another. Test scores were not available for all schools within the state, but were available for the vast majority.