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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
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Spearfish High School is an above average, public school located in Spearfish, SD. It has 610 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.
Address
1725 N Main
Spearfish, SD 57783
Telephone
(605) 717-1212
Website
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Spearfish High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1260
9 responses
Average ACT
26
125 responses
AP Enrollment
7%

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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$43,692
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$668
National
$949
Median Home Value
$206,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 31 responses
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  • Games
    29%
  • Dances
    23%
  • Homecoming Week
    23%
  • Ultimate Frisbee Tournaments
    13%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • holidays
    3%
  • Spirit Week
    3%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
610
Free or Reduced Lunch
18%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,067
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.2%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.19 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.19 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.19 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
$8,455/ year
National
$12,239
76%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.21 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.21 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.21 responses
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I loved the teaching/learning environment it challenged me to do my best. Over the four years of high school, I was able to become closer with a lot of the teachers, which made learning super fun! I highly recommend the We the People program offered for seniors there, it was such a rewarding and fun experience. I would love to see more variety of classes and a change in the PE staff. Overall Spearfish High School is a great place to go to school and a great place to prepare you for the adult life in College.
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I really liked the small-town, community-driven atmosphere. The teachers know their students individually and have relationships with them. There are multiple opportunities to be involved and not get behind. The staff cares about you and your academic success. They want you to be a well-rounded person, who is ready to jump into adulthood. It's very comforting knowing they want what's best for you. Overall, it's an excellent school.
During my time at Spearfish High School I experienced a lot of different teaching styles. All the teachers were very accommodating to the student's needs. I feel as though I made a personal connection with several; while maintaining a professional teacher-student relationship with them. The school population has thoroughly increased as I have been in school and along with the students there have been more classes. I hope to see in the future that they potentially expand the building and also the amount of classes. Overall it was a wonderful school to experience high school at.