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Hill City High School Profile
Phone 605-574-3000  Fax 605-574-3040
Principal - Todd Satter  Email:  [email protected]
Counselor -  Chris Stoebner
Hill City High School serves the central region of the Black Hills and we are located ten miles from Mount Rushmore.  Hill City is know for being the "Heart of the Hills" and is home to just under 1000 residents. Economically, Hill City is dominated by Tourism and the Timber Industry.  Students attending Hill City High School can come from as far away as Keystone, Deerfield, and the Pactola Lake area on Highway 385. 
Hill City High School is a comprehensive, four year public high school with an enrollment that typically ranges from 150-165 students in grades 9-12.  Hill City High School is the 54th largest high school of South Dakota's 188 high schools.  The school is accredited by the State of South Dakota and has earned additional accreditation through AdvancedEd.    Hill City has been a 1 : 1 High School since 2008, with each student being assigned a school-owned laptop for the academic year.  HCHS is the only high school in the country to hold it's commencement exercises at Mount Rushmore.
The academic program is organized on a seven period day with class periods lasting fifty minutes in length.  There is a 24 minute home room study hall that meets daily called Ranger Time.  Three point five (3.5) credits per semester is the maximum course load. 
A variety of dual credit (college courses), Advanced Placement, and online courses area available.  In partnership with Black Hills State, South Dakota School of Mines, Northern State University, and Western Dakota Technical Institute, a wide variety of educational opportunities exist for students to earn college credit or AP credit, or both.  We offer seven AP Courses taught by HCHS staff on campus:
AP Literature and Composition, AP Language and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Biology. 
Grading and Class Rank:

The High School will grade according to the following scale:

100%-90%      A - 4.0 GPA

89% - 80%      B - 3.0 GPA

79%-70%        C - 2.0 GPA

69%-60%        D - 1.0 GPA

59% - Below    F - 0.0 GPA


Class rank / weighting grades:  students are ranked on a traditional 4.0 scale.


Graduation Requirements:

Students earn .5 credits per class for a semester.  24 credits are required for graduation (State of South Dakota requires 22, but HCHS requires 24).  Of those 24 credits, students must take the following:

     English 4 credits                    Math 3 credits                    Science 3 credits

     Social Studies 3 credits        Fine arts 1 credit                 Personal Finance .5 credits

     PE .5 credits                          Health .5 credits

     One credit of Any of the following combination:  Career and Technical Education Course or World Language.



Below are the averages for the past four years:

     2014 - 21.8

     2015 - 20.5

     2016 - 23.3

     2017 - 23.9


Regent's Scholars:

Over the last five years, HCHS has had 25%-35% of it's graduating class receive a Regent's Diploma from the South Dakota Board of Regents. 


Post High School Placement:

Over the past four years, HCHS has placed graduates into following:

59% - Four Year College/University 

24% - Two Year Technical/Community College

16% - Workforce

1%   - Military


Universities and Post Secondary Institutions attended:

Students from HCHS have been admitted to and graduated from a wide variety of local, regional, and national colleges and universities.


Augustana College

Black Hills State

Chadron State

Colorado Christian University

Dakota State

Dakota Wesleyan

Gillette College

Grand Canyon University

Mesa State

Mitchell Tech

Northern State University

School of Mines and Technology

Sheridan College

South Dakota State

Southeast Tech

St. Cloud State

University of Minnesota

University of Montana

University of Nebraska

University of Sioux Falls

University of South Dakota