RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Monday, a report rating the highest excessive faculties in South Dakota was launched with two West River faculties within the high spots. Rapid City Stevens High School was slightly below Hill City, taking the highest spot.
The U.S News and World Report releases a listing yearly for the highest highschool in every state.
This yr, for the second time, Hill City High School was named the highest faculty within the state. Hill City School District Superintendent Blake Gardner is happy with the accomplishment, however doesn’t take any of the credit score.
“We have a extremely nice tradition proper now,” Gardner stated. “We have clever children, we’ve fantastic workers and we’ve actually supportive dad and mom and neighborhood members. We are all on the identical workforce with the identical aim.”
The research measures rankings based mostly on standards, reminiscent of state-testing proficiency and commencement fee. For Hill City, findings noticed that over 60 p.c of scholars reached proficiency ranges throughout science, math and studying scores — with commencement fee at 97 p.c.
But even with the excessive marks for the college, Gardner can also be remaining optimistic to the general public schooling panorama.
“These indicators favor us as a college district, however I believe there may be a number of nice issues happening in public schooling proper now. For us, clearly the superior placement programs, and the success charges that we’ve there. Our proficiency on the state degree testing favor us, however once more, there’s nice issues in South Dakota public schooling,” Gardner defined. “You know, I look and Rapid City Stevens is the quantity two faculty. So, West River — we’re doing a little actually good issues.”
And as he and the college district proceed to maintain the development going, he’s conscious of what it takes to run a great program.
“You can’t have good programming with out nice lecturers and with out good children, and that’s actually the blueprint for us,” Gardner stated. “We are all in with the identical workforce and the identical aim, and that’s one of the best schooling for our youngsters.”