Hill City High School Profile
Phone 605-574-3000 Fax 605-574-3040
Principal - Todd Satter Email: [email protected]
Counselor - Susan Satter Email: [email protected]
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.
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
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.
Black Hills State
Colorado Christian University
Grand Canyon University
Northern State University
School of Mines and Technology
South Dakota State
St. Cloud State
University of Minnesota
University of Montana
University of Nebraska
University of Sioux Falls
University of South Dakota