Award Year: 2017

Frederick Area Elementary School

202 East Main Street
Frederick, SD, 57441-0486

(605) 329-2145

Mrs. Jessica Ringgenberg, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Frederick Area School District 06-2

School Website


The Frederick Area School District's mission statement is: "Dedicated to a Quality Education for All Students."

Student Demographics
  • White: 93%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 46%
Mrs. Ringgenberg prepares to kiss a pig at the popular annual Family Night.

Mrs. Ringgenberg prepares to kiss a pig at the popular annual Family Night.

The Frederick Area Elementary school is a small rural school located in north eastern South Dakota. The Frederick Area Elementary School is a K-6 school, but is housed in a building that holds PK-12 students. Our small population makes the school a very welcoming place where parents, students, and community are treated like family.

Tiered intervention services, school wide Title I services, technology interventions, strong teaching practices, and positive parental support all contribute to the high performance of the students and school. We are fortunate to be able to offer all students one-to-one technology devices, either iPads or laptops, as well as updated Smart Board and Promethean Board technologies. Teachers actively select curriculum with strong technology and engagement components. As part of our Title I program and intervention services, the school has started using cross grade flexible grouping strategies. We focus on data and teacher observations to determine student needs and provide interventions across multiple grade levels to ensure that all students are getting the help they need.

The Frederick Area School also serves as the hub for the community. Local organizations host events at the school such as EMT training, community development meetings, Day of Champions community service day, and Finn Fest -- a celebration of the community's unique culture -- all within the school. The school is proud to be partnered with these local organizations that allow our students to participate in the bigger picture of life as a contributing community member.