Quality education is a corner stone of the community and one of the reasons why Spearfish continues to be the “place of choice” for families and businesses which are relocating to the area. Home to Black Hills State University, Spearfish maintains the highest percentage of college graduates within the region.


Public Education  K – 12

Spearfish School District

Spearfish School District 40-2
Website: www.spearfish.k12.sd.us
Phone: 605-717-1201

District Administrative Office
525 E. Illinois St.
Spearfish, SD 57783


Spearfish School District
Attendance Centers
Campus NameGrades# of StudentsClass Size Standards
Mountain View Elementary K 177 19-21 Students 
West Elementary 1st-2nd 373 19-24 Students
Creekside Elementary 3rd-5th 551 23-27 Students
Middle School 6th-8th 498 23-27 Students
High School 9th-12th 638 Varied depending on subject, space, enrollment, etc.
  Total: 2237  

Source: Spearfish School District Annual Report (2015)

The Spearfish School District serves approximately 2,000 students from the Spearfish community and surrounding area. The district’s mission statement, “Empowering All Students to Succeed in a Changing World” is taken very seriously. The Spearfish School District provides quality programs for all ranges of academic learners.  The district is a positive, productive institution with a history of high expectations and student success.            

Academic Accomplishments
ACT Test Scores 22.8 (national avg. 21.1)
Students pursuing Post Secondary Education 63%
Those Directly Entering the Workforce 35%
Student Dropout Rate .01%
Teacher’s with a Master Degree or higher




Higher Education

Higher Education Institutions Serving Spearfish
4-Year & Post Graduate InstitutionsLocationFoundedEnrollment
Black Hills State University Spearfish 1883 4,489
South Dakota School of Mines Rapid City 1885 2,798
National America University Rapid City 1941 450
University Center Rapid City 2011 n/a
2-Year Institutions & Technical SchoolsLocationFoundedEnrollment
Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City 1968 1,100


Public University Total Annual Graduates
 Black Hills State UniversitySD School of Mines & TechnologyTotal
Health Professions 45 0 45
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) 34 291 325
Social Science 111 0 111
Education 192 0 192
Business 103 0 103
Humanities 79 7 86
Arts/Communications 72 0 72
Applied Disciplines 17 0 17

Source: South Dakota Board of Regents Fact book Fiscal Year 2015
Notes: Includes Baccalaureate and Advance Degrees


Black Hills State University

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Website: www.bhsu.edu
Phone: 605-642-6343

Admissions Office
1200 University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Spearfish is home to Black Hills State University, a four-year institution providing high quality academic programs. Founded in 1883, BHSU is South Dakota’s third-largest university with nearly 4,500 students. The University offers 63 bachelor degrees, 5 master degrees, and 4 associate degrees. BHSU faculty and staff are engaged in numerous projects at the world-class Sanford Underground Research Facility. They also conduct state-of-the-art DNA research, are on the cutting edge of math and science education innovation, and collaborate with business and industry on emerging technology-related business enterprises. Black Hills State University competes at the NCAA Division II level and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.


South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

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Website: www.sdsmt.edu
Phone: 605-394-2511

Admissions Office
501 E. Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

Since 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has been a national leader in preparing world-class engineers and scientists. SDSM&T is a technological university that specializes in a rigorous engineering and science curriculum, offering 23 undergraduate degrees, 13 MS degrees, and 6 PhD degrees. Award-winning undergraduate education is enhanced by graduate education and research and development in areas of critical need to South Dakota, the nation, and the world.


National American University

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Website: www.national.edu
Phone: 605-394-4800

Admissions Office
5301 S. Hwy. 16
Rapid City, SD 57701

National American University is headquartered in Rapid City with campuses located nationwide. NAU is a private university offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs including Bachelor of Science and an Associate of Applied Science degrees. In addition to its strong business and information technology curriculum, the Rapid City location offers degree programs in nursing, veterinary technology, and paralegal studies.


University Center at Rapid City

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Website: www.ucrapidcity.org
Phone: 605-394-4800

Admissions Office
5301 S. Hwy. 16
Rapid City, SD 57701

The University Center-Rapid City (UCRC) is a partnership among South Dakota's six public universities: Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota, working cooperatively to deliver accessible, high-quality education in one convenient location. At the University Center, students can enroll in Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral degree programs.


Western Dakota Tech

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Website: www.wdt.edu
Phone: 605-394-4034

Admissions Office
800 Mickelson Dr.
Rapid City, SD 57701

Western Dakota Tech is the only technical institute serving the western SD region. WDT offers more than 30 programs in a variety of fields, including Business and Computers, Construction Trades, Health Services, Legal and Public Services, Manufacturing and Mechanical Trades, and Science and Technology. WDT’s Corporate Training Program provides customized training programs to meet individual business needs.