Aberdeen is a city where families and neighbors emphasize the well-being of children, so it isn't surprising that quality education is highly valued. In the Fall of 2017, The City of Aberdeen opened a brand new public library with a state-of the art facility and world-class programming for children and adults.

Learn in Aberdeen’s World-Class Institutions

Aberdeen families educate their children in the Aberdeen public school district at one of six elementary schools, two middle schools and at Central High School and A-Tec Academy. The district’s goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their potential in a global community through high expectations of academic achievement, diverse educational opportunities, and community involvement. Or, parents can choose high-quality private education, from several religious-based institutions offering both grade-school and high-school courses.

Plus, if you want to continue your education after high school, you can enroll in classes at Northern State University or Presentation College. There are so many courses to choose from right in our backyard! Aberdeen, South Dakota was ranked as the Number 2 small college town in the nation, which showcases the support and dedication our community provides.

Higher Education

Northern State University is a premier residential, liberal arts institution characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations, and unparalleled co-curricular opportunities. NSU was named one of the best public baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest and boasts 59 Majors, 46 Minors and 6 pre-professional programs.

Presentation College has been a leader in health care education, establishing outreach campuses, utilizing technology and in offering on-line education. They have been nationally recognized and named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service for the past several years and recently added a Master of Science Degree in Nursing.
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.

Special Needs

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 and it’s brand-new, comfortable campus, dorm facilities, and highly trained faculty.

Adult Education

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.

We’re Changing The Game.