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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Elk Point-Jefferson High School is an above average, public school located in Elk Point, SD. It has 185 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.
Address
402 S Douglas St
Elk Point, SD 57025
Telephone
(605) 356-5901
Website
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Elk Point-Jefferson High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
Average ACT
25
81 responses
AP Enrollment
2%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$54,531
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$714
National
$949
Median Home Value
$135,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 35 responses
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  • Sporting-wrestling, football, basketball, track
    20%
  • Winter Meltdown
    20%
  • Homecoming
    17%
  • Plays
    14%
  • Vocal and Band Concerts
    11%
  • Cross Country
    6%
  • Math events
    6%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
185
Free or Reduced Lunch
21%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$40,695
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.3%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$8,611/ year
National
$12,239
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.12 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.12 responses
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Elk Point-Jefferson High School Reviews

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I like Elk Point-Jefferson High School because it is a very clean and well-kept school. The reason I didn't give it the full five stars is because I believe that the students should be given more freedom. For example, juniors and seniors, who take online dual credit classes, should be able to stay at home during that specific period. This will make for a shorter amount of time spent in the physical school building, and it will result in focused class time. I believe this change will help students focus because sometimes all we need is a change in scenery in order to get back into the learning mindset. The best way to get students to focus is to give them a mental break. Otherwise, the students feel trapped for eight hours with no other choice other than to sit, listen, and hopefully retain information. The other positive this change would bring is preparedness for college. It will help students understand the importance of time management.
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EPJ is such an accepting school that was a perfect fit for me. While I may not have gotten along with all of the students there, the teachers and administration at EPJ provide a very supportive, family-like atmosphere that allows for every student to fulfill their potential if they choose to do so. Of course, there will always be slackers just like there are in every other school, but the teachers at EPJ have incredibly high expectations and push every student to do their best in their classes. My high school days at EPJ were a blast! (And the girls' basketball team was pretty darn good too ;) )
The teachers and staff members are very involved with the student life whether it is with family, school, or just there is a student has a question. They show life examples and teach lessons that each student may come across in life. All the teachers and staff members (volunteered included) show passion and heart every day while teaching and inspire many students to bring education outside the classroom.