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Diversity Growing in Sioux Falls Schools

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SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO-AM) The Sioux Falls School District is committed to its mission: to educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world. The demographical information provided in this report highlights the District’s academic success and the diverse students served.The District employs 2,945 staff members – 1,690 of which are classroom teachers. Of these teachers, 64% have a Master’s degree or beyond. More than 1,200 classified employees support our students by providing a wide range of services – everything from serving nutritious meals to making our facilities safe and welcoming.Sioux Falls Public Schools serve 22,601 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and 1,082 children in pre-kindergarten programs. The District celebrates the opportunity to serve a diverse student population. Diversity of student ability, cultures and wealth provide for a richer learning environment for all. Staff members embrace each student as an individual learner.The District’s Special Education programs support 13.8% of the student population. The percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced-priced meals serves – at nearly 50% District-wide - is a constant reminder of the needs in our community. The student population is comprised of 69.6% white students and 30.4% minority students.Sioux Falls students continue to perform above state and national averages on accountability tests, the ACT and Advanced Placement tests.

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