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C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    C-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Northwestern Area School District is a public school district located in Mellette, SD. It has 249 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.
About Northwestern Area School District...
Address
221 3rd St
Mellette, SD 57461
Telephone
(605) 887-3467
Website

Northwestern Area School District Rankings

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Elementary Schools in Northwestern Area School District

Middle Schools in Northwestern Area School District

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
Average ACT
24
15 responses

Students

Diversity
C-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
249
Free or Reduced Lunch
30.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,238
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%

Finances

Total Expenses
$2,658,000
Expenses Per Student
$10,747/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    35%
  • Other
    5%

Northwestern Area School District Reviews

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There isn't enough good to balance the bad. Coaches who are bullies towards players, parents, & other programs. Teachers who just go through the motions or tell students & parents they can only help during their schedule. Admin who have pushed great teachers away or leave others in fear of losing their jobs. Parents need to be on payroll some how so their kids get a shot. Yet a few teachers still love their job & students. A new AG teacher who spends hours of her own time getting grants so students can try more things. While other teachers bash her & her program. There is light through the darkness, you just pray your kids don't get lost.
Why we can't say this at the school or to the board? Retaliation, it's not building their character, it's bullying them out of the programs and sports they love while crushing their spirits. They have their tenure and that's that!
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I enjoy the small school setting and how much the teachers help me personally with my education. I loved having a small class that I knew everybody and could grow with them. I also loved the community aspect that was reflected in the school because everybody knows everyone so it was easy to get along with everyone and to find your friends.
I am currently attending and I have learned so much, and the teachers are great. They are so helpful and friendly.