In a city where families and neighbors emphasize the well-being of children, it isn't surprising that quality education is highly valued. Aberdeen families have a public school system and a K-12 private (Catholic) system available for their children. There are also several private, religious-based elementary schools offering regular classes. Montessori programs and a variety of licensed daycare and preschool opportunities are also available.
The curriculum at Aberdeen schools blends traditional areas of study in the sciences and the arts, with additional study opportunities in subjects and topics that specifically prepare students for careers and occupations.
Aberdeen Public Schools and teachers are known for their commitment to the students and the community. In 1996, Redbook Magazine recognized Aberdeen Central as one of the best high schools in the country. Our teachers have been honored with state and national Presidential Awards for Excellence. Twice during the 1990's, Aberdeen teachers won the South Dakota Teacher of the Year Award, and in 1998, a high school science teacher was a finalist for the Walt Disney American Teacher Award. In 1999, a junior high principal received the National Distinguished Principal Award. Two teachers from the Aberdeen Catholic School System also have earned national Presidential Awards in math and science. Student achievement from both the public system and the Aberdeen Catholic School System (ACSS) is high and academic involvement is impressive. In fact, nearly 90% of ACSS students pursue college or other forms of higher education. Extracurricular activities such as athletics, music, theater, and debate add to the students' overall education. Reflecting the positive and cooperative relationship between parents, teachers, and schools is the exceptional participation rate in local Parent Teacher Association (PTA) chapters.
In the area of special education, progressive programs for students with special needs have been incorporated into the curriculums of all schools. Aberdeen is home to South Dakota's School for the Blind and the Visually Impaired, with its comfortable campus, dorm facilities, and highly trained faculty.
Northern State University
Northern State University is a premier residential, liberal arts institution characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations, and unparalleled co-curricular opportunities. NSU provides graduate and undergraduate programs that promote excellence in teaching and learning and supports research, scholarly and creative activities.
Presentation College offers health and medical programs, as well as business and secondary education. Sponsored by the Presentation Sisters, Presentation College offers personal attention, individualized learning and a variety of activities, experiences and opportunities for spiritual growth.
Cornerstones provides no-cost adult education. Anyone who needs to improve their academic skills to high school graduate level is eligible.
Adult Basic Education classes are offered to students to prepare for the GED exam, improve advanced English skills, and as a review before post-secondary education if they already have a high school diploma or GED. Cornerstones also provides free English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes (also known as English as a Second Language or ESL) to help students speak, read, and write English.
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For more information contact Cornerstones Career Learning Center at 605-626-2298 or stop by 420 S Roosevelt St., Aberdeen, SD 57401. www.CornerstonesCareer.com