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Old 05-26-2014, 10:05 AM
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Hello -- We are considering a move to South Dakota (Brookings or Sioux Falls) and are trying to identify good school choices for our daughter (starting seventh grade in fall). She is strong in mathematics, music, and language (Spanish, Mandarin Chinese), and is getting into competitive swimming. We aren't particular about whether the school is private, public, secular or otherwise, as long as it provides a challenging and fulfilling educational environment.

The school question is a major factor in our decision whether or not to make the move, so we would appreciate advice from the Forum.

Thanks ----------- Red
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:19 PM
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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I can't say with any certainty what the best middle school in the public sector is. I CAN say that the worst one just closed last year (Axtell Park). This fall there will be a new middle school way out in the northwest boonies called George McGovern which is a replacement for Axtell Park.

If you're thinking public school, I'd lean towards Patrick Henry or Memorial Middle School.

I think the best bet for a better school environment academically would be Sioux Falls O'Gorman Middle School. It's the private Catholic school in Sioux Falls. Even though it's Catholic, I'm guessing that over 30% of the students are from different faiths. This private school is more accepting to others than the other private school in SF called Sioux Falls Christian. They claim to be non-denominational, but in reality if you're not Dutch or especially not a member of one of the Reformed churches you're in the tiny minority. SF Christian does have a good reputation for academics however.
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Old 05-27-2014, 06:34 PM
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Thanks for the reply, that's helpful.

> Patrick Henry or Memorial Middle School

Yes, I had looked into these so it's good to hear some reinforcement.

I'll check out the Catholic school. We aren't religious so I suppose that's a potential hangup, but I'm definitely ready to explore the options.

Thanks again.
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