Best Alternative Schools in South Dakota 2022: Rating, Grades & More

Hi readers! In this post, I’ve compiled a list of best alternative schools in South Dakota. The list consists of both public and private schools. Here, readers will find the following details – top alternative schools, their address, grades, student teacher ratio and more.

Alternative Schools South Dakota

Best Public & Private Alternative Schools in South Dakota for 2022



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1E. A. G. L. E. Center High School – 070912PO Box 672Eagle Butte0.4000000
2George S Mickelson Alternative Elementary – 060208PO Box 560Redfield1.0000000
3Aurora Plains Academy Middle School – 0404081400 E 10th StPlankinton3.0000000
4Spearfish Academy at Canyon Hills Elementary – 0904082519 Windmill DrSpearfish3.8000000
5Black Hills Academy at Canyon Hills – 0804082519 Windmill DrSpearfish4.0000000
6Todd County Achievement Middle School – 180608PO Box 87Mission4.0000000
7Todd County Achievement High School – 170912PO Box 87Mission4.8000000
8Lead-Deadwood Career & Technical Education – 100912PO Box 110Nemo5.4000000
9Aurora Plains Academy High School – 0509121400 E 10th StPlankinton5.8000000
10New Beginnings – 8905121601 Milwaukee Ave NEAberdeen6.2000000
11Sequel Transition Academy – 070812PO Box 730Hartford6.8000000
12Teachwell Academy Middle School – 040508715 E 14th StSioux Falls6.8000000
13ARISE Shelter Care – 71KG12201 N West AveSioux Falls7.0000000
15Spearfish Academy at Canyon Hills High School – 1009122519 Windmill DrSpearfish7.3000000
16Summit Oaks-ResidentialKG12621 E Presentation AveSioux Falls7.3000000
17Our Home0512102A S Chapman DrParkston8.0000000
18Teachwell Academy High School – 010912715 E 14th StSioux Falls8.1000000
19Our Home ASAP – 120512PO Box 949Huron9.4000000
20Rapid City High School – 450912601 Columbus StRapid City10.5000000
21George S Mickelson Alternative High School – 040912PO Box 560Redfield16.0000000
22Belle Fourche Education Connection – 0909122305 13th AveBelle Fourche17.5000000
24Black Hills Education Connections – 0610122910 4th AveSpearfish34.0000000
25Falls Academy – 08051246560 264th StSioux Falls35.0000000
26High Plains – 060912PO Box 159Chester94.4000000
27Black Hills Academy at Canyon Hills High School – 0709122519 Windmill DrSpearfish200.0000000
28E.A.G.L.E. Center – 090508PO Box 672Eagle Butte
29Leola Alternative School – 070912PO Box 350Leola
30Odyssey – 470608201 N West AveSioux Falls
31Our Home Rediscovery – 770512PO Box 949Huron
32VOA – Adolescent Treatment – 73KG121310 W 51st StSioux Falls


For ranking the schools, I’ve relied upon the ‘Student Teacher Ratio’ factor. What is student teacher ratio, some of you may ask. It is the number used to indicate the number of students for every teacher in a school.


For example, a student teacher ratio of 16 indicates that a teacher is available for 16 students in that school. When it comes to quality of education, student teacher ratio plays an important role. If the student teacher ratio is 100, it means that few teachers are available to attend to the needs of students in a school. This may lead to inadequate attention, inadequate engagement, and may even have a negative impact on student success!


Student teacher ratio is like a two way street. Fewer students per teacher setup is an ideal classroom where students may enjoy adequate individual-attention from teachers. Under this setup, a teacher may take care of individuals’ needs and weaknesses. Similarly, under this setup, teachers may modify/adapt their teaching techniques according to learning styles/needs of the students.

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