Award Year: 2021

Arlington Elementary School - 02

306 South Main
Arlington, SD, 57212-9999

(605) 983-5597

Ms Lisa Parry, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Arlington School District 38-1

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The mission of the Arlington School district is to educate all students in a safe, challenging, and disciplined environment and to provide each student the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be a productive citizen in an ever-changing society.

Student Demographics
  • White: 94%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Two or more races: 1%
A look at Arlington Elementary School's annual science fair.

A look at Arlington Elementary School's annual science fair.

Our success (Arlington Elementary School was named a 2020 National ESEA Distinguished School and Arlington High School students posted the top ACT composite scores in the state of South Dakota in 2019 and 2020) comes back to a school culture rooted in, among other principles, the relentless pursuit and appropriate support of our students. The academic excellence we have achieved is not the result of some "teaching method of the month" or even of our carefully selected curricula. Instead, we can trace our student achievement to the day-in, day-out hard work of planning for, engaging in, and assessing student learning. Every district can commit to this, and while improvement can take time to demonstrate, in time it will certainly become evident.

Academics are the foundation of all we do, yet we are also charged with meeting students' social-emotional needs. Our school counselor has established a number of unique programs to address this including, but not limited to, an elementary Lunch Bunch. Small groups of students meet to eat with her and a few classmates, and she takes this time to discuss heavy topics-stress, friendship, conflict, body image, media, etc.-in a light manner and atmosphere. Opportunities like these are so important to our students' development. Frankly, if we do not meet these needs, then the academic pieces will never fall into place.