Preschool & Early Education
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative coordinates state-funded Birth-To-Three Connections, an early intervention program for infants and toddlers with possible development delays. Birth-To-Three is a voluntary in-home program for children with developmental delays from birth to three years of age.
The Custer School District includes the Custer Junior/High School and Custer Elementary School as well as a rural elementary school in Hermosa. Rural schools in Spring Creek and Fairburn were closed in 2012 due to district budget constraints and low enrollment.
According the South Dakota Department of Education 2014-2015 Report Card, Custer's school district had a graduation rate of 86.96 percent in the 2014-2015 academic year, which was above the statewide average of 83.86 percent. In the 2015-2016 academic year, Custer’s school district had a graduation rate of 88.89 percent, according to the South Dakota of Education 2015-2016 Report Card.
The Custer School District's enrollment was 870 in grades K-12 for the 2015-2016 academic year. With a 0.3 percent dropout rate, the district graduated 59 students. Thirty students took the ACT exam. The average composite score was 21.5. To view a statistical profile of funding, student and staff data, see the South Dakota Department of Education Profile of Custer 16-1 for 2015-2016.
Other Educational Opportunities
Adult education courses such as GED Preparation and Testing and Adult Basic Education are offered at the Career Learning Center based out of the Custer Administrative Office at 527 Montgomery Street.
The Custer/ Fall River County 4-H club fosters hands-on learning experiences for children ages 8 to 18. Activities include learning to shop wisely, public presentation giving, agriculture, baking, and cooking among others.
News articles related to the school’s budget, monthly school board meetings, school activities and other school-related issues can be found at the website of the Custer County Chronicle at http://custercountychronicle.com/ or the Custer County School District’s website.
To learn more about the future of Custer County Schools, read the Custer School District Strategic Plan.