Best Public Schools in Watertown, SD


The Watertown School District 14-4 in South Dakota consists of 9 schools, including 1 high school, 2 middle schools, and 6 elementary schools, serving a diverse student population across the city. The district boasts several standout schools, with Lincoln Elementary - 05 and Watertown Middle School - 02 ranking among the top schools in the state and consistently maintaining high academic performance over the past three years.

Lincoln Elementary - 05 stands out as the highest-performing school in the district, with exceptional proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics that significantly exceed the district and state averages. Meanwhile, Watertown Middle School - 02 also boasts strong test scores and a top 35 ranking in the state, demonstrating the district's ability to deliver quality education at both the elementary and middle school levels.

While the district serves a diverse student population, with free/reduced lunch rates ranging from 6% to 56.58%, the data suggests that factors beyond just funding and class size may be driving academic performance. For instance, Jefferson Elementary - 09 manages to achieve strong test scores despite having the highest student-teacher ratio in the district. The Watertown School District 14-4 could further investigate the practices and strategies of its top-performing schools to potentially replicate their success across the system and address areas for improvement, such as the lower-performing Roosevelt Elementary - 08.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Education.

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