It's very hard to quantify what makes a good school. There will always be people that have good experiences in what is perceived as a bad school, and people that have bad experiences in good schools. But, if you are looking for a listing of South Dakota school districts in a countdown format, the website Niche has come to the rescue.

What is Niche? Here's what they say: "The 2019 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more."

If you want to know more about their data go HERE.

According to their information and analysis the top five districts are in eastern South Dakota. Here are what they say are the 10 best school districts in South Dakota (click on the link for each full report card). And for the second year in a row, Brandon Valley comes out on top.

  1. Brandon Valley School District
  2. Sioux Falls School District
  3. Harrisburg School District
  4. Garretson School District
  5. Dell Rapids School District
  6. Tri-Valley School District
  7. West Central School District
  8. Baltic School District
  9. Lennox School District
  10. Tea Area School District

You can check out the full list here!

Source: Niche

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