Primary and Secondary Education

Madison Central School District

The Madison Central School District has a total enrollment of 1,146 students. Madison Elementary has 527 students with a student to teacher ratio of 13:1, Madison Middle School has 273 students with a ratio of 12:1 and Madison High School has 346 students with a ratio of 13:1.

There are many opportunities for students to be involved in extra-curricular activities. Some of the athletics and activities offered at the high school include: foodball, basketball, track & field, cross country, tennis, gymnastics, volleyball, theatre, choir, and band. The varsity gymnastics team won their 16th consecutive state championship in 2010 and the varsity boys basketball team won the 2009 and 2010 AA State basketball championship.

The mission of the district is to educate all students to fully achieve their personal and academic potential as lifelong learners skilled in communication, problem solving, and global responsibility.

In addition to the public school system, Madison has two private schools, Madison Christian School, an Evangelical non-denominational school, educates K-8th grade students. Currently, the pupil to teacher ratio is 6:1.

St. Thomas School, a parochial school, educates pre-school through 5th grade students. Their pupil to teacher ratio is 10:1.

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Post-Secondary Education

Dakota State University

Madison, SD

Dakota State University is a unique institution where scholarship and excellence embrace technology and innovation. It is a university where the future is a way of life today in business, teacher education, liberal arts, information systems, mathematics, the sciences, and medical services.

Dakota State had implemented a complete campus-wide networked computer system which is used extensively in course work.


South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

South Dakota State University is located in Brookings, SD only 40 miles from Madison. It is the state's largest university. SDSU's educational base includes degrees in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, agricultural engineering, engineering physics, computer and information science, and economics, just to name a few. SDSU's engineering programs are practically oriented. Students learn from faculty that has industrial design experience. They learn from business leaders who are currently in the industry. And they learn by experience - both in a lab setting and in a business setting.


Dakota Wesleyan University

Mitchell, SD

A small, private university located in Mitchell, S.D., DWU aspires to excellence in the liberal arts and professional programs. As the university for the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Dakota Wesleyan encourages the dialogue between mind and soul, simultaneously building relationships, developing whole persons, and promoting service to God and humanity.


University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

Mission The University of South Dakota is the comprehensive liberal arts university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs within the South Dakota System of Higher Education.

Vision To be the best small, public flagship university in the nation built upon a liberal arts foundation.


Technical Institutions

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Located in Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute offers a wide variety of programs and services to its students and individuals from the Sioux Falls region. With fully equipped labs at Southeast Tech, thousands of area businesses attend Business and Industry Training workshops, where employees are trained with hands-on experience they can take back to the work place. Other various programs offered range from cardiovascular technology to laser/electro-optics technology.

Cutting-edge technology training gives Southeast graduates the skills top companies are looking for. Strategic thinking and anticipating future trends have allowed Southeast to maintain strong business relationships, while promoting economic development in South Dakota.


Mitchell Technical Institute

Mitchell, SD

Telecommunications isn't just a buzzword at Mitchell Technical Institute; it's a way of life. Mitchell was the first school in the nation to have a Satellite Telecommunications Program. This extremely high-tech program has put Mitchell in the national spotlight on several occasions, including when Mitchell's satellite truck was used at the Oklahoma City bombing and to cover presidential candidates.

In addition to its telecommunications program, Mitchell is also noted for its electrical program. Whether working on a residential or industrial project, students gain the hands-on. [

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