Award Year: 2014

Timber Lake High School

500 Main Street
Timber Lake, SD, 57656-1000

(605) 865-3654

Mrs. Julie Marshall, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Timber Lake School District 20-3

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Mission

"Timber Lake School provides a safe environment that empowers students to become critical thinkers and responsible lifelong learners in a changing society."

Student Demographics
  • White: 41%
  • Native American: 59%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Physical Science students completing a hands-on, exploratory lab.

Physical Science students completing a hands-on, exploratory lab.

"Timber Lake School provides a safe environment that empowers students to become critical thinkers and responsible lifelong learners in a changing society." This is the goal that we strive for each day that we have the privilege of working with students in our district. We have high expectations for our students academically and behaviorally that lead them to be thinkers and problem solvers for the present and the future. Our hope is that when students leave us they will have attained the skills and character to take on any challenge or career pathway they desire.

The achievement of this goal is attained through many avenues. We work to attract and attain high quality teachers while maintaining a low student teacher ratio. We are aware that our students will need to be globally competitive and therefore we strive to provide top notch technology resources and opportunities in order to enhance instruction and higher order thinking skills. We strive to provide a safe environment in keeping students physically and emotionally protected and prepared to make the best of their learning environment. This includes an initiative called Caring School Climate which comprises the following components: promoting respect, giving students a sense of belonging, decreasing bullying behaviors, building developmental assets and developing service learning.

Timber Lake is on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in northwestern South Dakota but also serves students on the Standing Rock Reservation. Our town boasts a population of nearly 450 people but we are surrounded by a largely rural farming and ranching community.