History of Sioux Falls School District


From humble beginnings. With wide-eyed wonder, and endless possibilities ahead. Through the growing pains, the dreams of the future. Through the challenges, large and small. The competitions. The triumphs and defeats. The concerts, accolades, and performances. Education. Teamwork. Accountability. Your Sioux Falls Public Schools have served generations of growing, developing students, into the leaders of the community, region, and the world. All with a drive for excellence, a devotion to student needs, and a commitment to the future.

From a single room to 35 school facilities and growing. Support sites, stadiums, and auditoriums. From a single class to 25,000 students. Your community. Your schools. As one. The Sioux Falls School District is one piece of a success saga, celebrating a vibrant community and a diverse people who call this place home. The free, complete education of students from every walk of life, from early childhood classrooms to the multitude of dual credit and Advanced Placement college courses offered.

Our students walk across a stage and emerge with real-world training and certifications to immediately begin making a living in a local workforce that demands their skills. They move on to the military to serve and protect us all. They further their education with 2 and 4-year degrees, outscoring their peers in college readiness exams and in AP scores. They move far beyond these next steps into the wide world that awaits them. And they succeed.

This is just the beginning.

For 150 years, your schools have educated, served, honored tradition, and adapted to inevitable changes. As your partners in the education of the future, our pledge is to never stop. Rooted in the past. Reaching for the future. We are YOUR Sioux Falls School District.