Welcome To The De Smet School District Superintendent's Page!


Welcome to the “Little Town on the Prairie!”  We at the De Smet School District are proud to be a part of a progressive community that is proud of its past and excited about its future.  De Smet is truly a great place to live and raise a family.

The school board, administration and staff of the district understand that part of the future of the community rests in the growth of our young people.  With that in mind we strive to offer a curriculum that will empower our students to become life long learners and contributing members of society.  Our course offerings reflect a wide range of opportunity for the individual explore interests while providing all coursework necessary to pursue a higher education.  We would encourage you to stop by any time for a tour of our facilities and inquire about our various programs.

The K-12 enrollment in De Smet is about 300 students.  Our class sizes range between 18 and 30 with the average at about 23.  Our student to teacher ratio is around 10 to 1.  We feel this atmosphere provides enough students to create a community of learners while remaining small enough to allow for individualized instruction.

Our school has a rich tradition of success academically.  Students’ ACT and other standardized test scores are consistently above the state and national averages.  Our students compete very favorably in academic competition in the areas of math and science.

Our extra-curricular offerings include successful drama and oral interpretation groups, cheerleading, student council, state and nationally competitive FFA and FCCLA chapters, yearbook, band, pep band, chorus, an award wining show choir and art department, as well as football, volleyball, cross country, wrestling, basketball, golf and track teams with multiple district, regional and state championships among them.

Located centrally between Brookings, Huron and Watertown, De Smet offers relatively quick access to the amenities of a larger community while providing an individualized education and family oriented lifestyle.  We hope you’ll join us as we continue to progress build De Smet for the future!