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Advancing Education to Empower Every Student to Succeed in a Rapidly Changing World

Hill City School District - Home of the Rangers! A great place to learn and grow!  We are proud to be located within the Black Hills National Forest and 12 miles from Mt. Rushmore National Memorial! Each year our graduating seniors walk across the stage of the park amphitheater with Mt. Rushmore serving as a magnificent and positive background reminding everyone in attendance of our nation’s strength and our commitment toward a democratic society for all.  A powerful educational experience provides the foundation for the continued success of our nation, and Hill City School District is honored to share this responsibility with parents, guardians, and community stakeholders as we prepare our children to be future leaders!

Our Vision:   Advancing Education to Empower Every Student to Succeed in a Rapidly Changing World


Our Mission:  Hill City School District will continue to advance opportunities for critical and innovative inquiry into a variety of areas - academics, professional/skilled trades, the arts, and technology - by creating instructional experiences that are engaging and rigorous in an environment that is physically, emotionally, and intellectually safe for all learners.


à Academic Excellence: Preparing our students for the future through personalized experiences offered in a setting powered by equitable access to a variety of courses and instructional methodologies focused on the 21st century learner.

à Emotionally Healthy and Safe Environment for All: Creating a safe and healthy climate, culture, and physical space focused on the whole student, employee, and community member experience.

à Community: Embracing the voices of  all community members in the educational process promoting communication, trust, support, and cooperation.

à Empowering Faculty and Staff: Engaging faculty and staff through professional learning experiences and supported instructional design and delivery methodologies empowering educators to be life-long learners.

à Fiscal Responsibility: Leaders serving as good stewards of taxpayer dollars effectively utilizing resources to empower our cadre of professional educators and to deliver world class educational experiences through innovative, equitable, and personalized student learning experiences.

Our professional educators, numbering 68 certified and classified faculty, provide outstanding educational services to the 453 students enrolled in our district.  Artifacts of success supporting the outstanding instructional program offered by our faculty include: (a) 100% highly qualified teachers providing powerful academic instruction within a systems based framework dedicated to improving student achievement, (b) all buildings meeting state and federal adequate yearly progress benchmarks the past three years, (c) ACT scores that meet or exceed state and national trends, (d) effective English Language Learner  and special services programs serving the diverse needs of students and their families, (e) college level Advanced Placement courses delivered on site by high school teachers, (f) summer academic and technology camps open for all students, and (g) a vibrant Kindergarten through twelfth grade co-curricular program focused on the fine arts and athletics building lifelong skills for students and enriching the lives of our families and community.

We look forward to establishing powerful relationships with all stakeholders as we move forward together along our children’s educational journey!