District Philosophy

The Spearfish School District is committed to providing each student with the best possible education as efficiently as possible. The School District has a mission statement, philosophy and goal statement that is part of the board policy and is reviewed annually.

General Information

The 2015-16 school district general fund budget is $13,117,423. Approximately 80% of that budget is for costs related to personnel.

The Spearfish School District employs 250 people.

Student Enrollment and Cost Per Student

The School District enrollment as of September 25, 2015, was 2237 students in grades K-12. This represents an increase of 30 students from the 2014-15 school year.

One way to compare educational costs and make judgments about the efficiency of a school district is by analyzing per pupil cost data. During the 2013-14 school year the average cost of educating one student in the United States was $10,591. The average per pupil cost during the same period in South Dakota was $8,171, and the Spearfish School District spent $6,836 per pupil.

Academic Accomplishments

Spearfish Students score well on standardized aptitude and achievement tests. During the 2014-15 school year, the average ACT composite score for Spearfish students was 23.2. The South Dakota average is 21.9 and the national average is 21.0.


Creekside Elementary was built in 2011, with classroom additions added in 2015.   Spearfish Middle School had an updated entrance in 2014 for added security.   Mountain View Elementary (formerly East Elementary) was renovated in 2013 into a Pre-K/Kindergarten building.


During the 2014-15 school year the Spearfish School District received 59.8% of its general fund revenue from local sources, 34.1% from state sources, 2.2% county and the remaining 3.9% from the federal level.


The Spearfish School District attempts to spend dollars efficiently and in areas which directly impact students. The average school district in South Dakota spends 58% of its general fund budget in areas classified by the state as K-12 instruction. The Spearfish School District spends 65% of its general fund budget in K-12 instruction.


The Spearfish School District will continue to update the educational program in order to achieve our mission statement "Empowering all students to succeed in a changing world"

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