Oglala Lakota County School District strives to meet the South Dakota Standards in all four core content areas of English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, Social Studies and to also include the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings in instruction throughout the year.
The Oglala Lakota County School District has approved the following curriculum resources to support the instruction of grade-level standards.
English Language Arts
K-5 ELA Amplify CKLA 2nd Edition
6-8 ELA: EL Education
9-12 ELA Courses
100 English Language Arts
300 American Literature
350 AP American Literature
400 Dystopian Literature
500 Literature in Film
600 Indigenous Literature
700 Creative Writing
900 Advanced Composition
K-12 Math - Eureka, Zearn, Insync
The K-12 math program utilizes the base of the Engage NY Standards work and the products from Great Minds/Eureka including Insync, and Zearn
9-12 Math Courses
300 Algebra II
500 C/C Math
K-4 Social Studies - We use internal resources to meet the standards
5-12 Social Studies uses the Discovery Social Studies Techbook.
9-12 Social Studies Courses
100 US History
200 World Geography
300 US Government
350 AP Government
400 Current US Issues
450 AP Current Issues
500 Modern World History
Lakota Language, Culture, and Life Skills
Our curriculums for the Lakota Department center around three overarching components:
Lakota Language Development through the use of the Lakota Language Consortium Workbooks and methods
Our Lakota Instructors meet with students during the week to develop and support the Lakota language
Lakota Culture Development through the use of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings when applicable and elder inspired Lakota culture understandings and traditions
Lifeskills and Character Development through the use of the Life Skills of the Young Lakota Curriculum
Classroom Teachers support the Lakota mission of the school district by guiding students in lessons and stories of the Lakota which character development components.
Oglala Lakota County School District strives to provide professional development opportunities to employees throughout the school year and summer.
The Oglala Lakota County School District will continue remote assessments with NWEA MAP for students in grades 3rd-12th grade and will use formative assessments for K-2 students who are working remotely.
Both the district assessments and state tests seek to help provide parents, students, and teachers with information to better plan for instruction, support, and interventions.
In the fall, we typically report our percentages on the state test. This past spring, we had opened, but not to full capacity. During the testing window, students in grades 3-12 were tested to the best of their ability. The state test required in-person testing, so while we tested those we had in the buildings, we did not meet the percentage of students needed to have results on the report card for academics. Thus, we have no comparisons from the previous year either. Results of students who did test were sent out last spring but will not show up collectively on our report because not enough tested.
This puts us in a unique position for this school year where we can write our own future with student scores this coming spring as our new baseline. Schools previously designated as Comprehensive Needs Schools will remain the same status.
We do have some data on graduation rate, educator qualifications, and school safety.
Very quick review of the district report card:
This is the link to view our District Report card, your school report card, or any school in SD's report card system.
Alternative Instruction Students
Families seeking public school exemption for their child previously referred to as public school exemption or homeschool can now renew their application yearly using a new portal.
The state link: South Dakota Alternative Instruction Link will provide families with the ability to log in to the system to enroll their students. The site also has important information about instructing Alternative Instruction Students.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Curriculum Office at Oglala Lakota County School District.