The Red Cloud Indian School, Inc., is a non-profit corporation (501C3) operating as an accredited private school and organized under the laws of the state of South Dakota.
Private donations support 97 percent of Red Cloud Indian School.
We receive no Federal, State, or Tribal funds. The Red Cloud Indian School provides a quality education of the mind and heart for almost 600 Native American students every day.
The main campus near Pine Ridge Village consists of one of the largest private Native American schools in the country.
The mission of The Red Cloud Indian Schools is to provide a quality education from kindergarten through high school to the Native American children on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The educational process at Red Cloud Indian School attempts to give lakota students the skills they need to compete in the larger society while retaining the traditional values and culture of the Lakota heritage.
Course work includes a basic educational curriculum (Math, Science, History, etc.) as well as courses in ethics, religion, Lakota culture, Lakota religion, and Lakota language.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked SD School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 542 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Red Cloud Indian School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in South Dakota for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12

Student Body

Total Students
542 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
100%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade
Red Cloud Indian School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
64 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
National avg.: 13:1

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Red Cloud Indian School's ranking?

Red Cloud Indian School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in South Dakota for: Highest percentage of students of color and Largest student body.

When is the application deadline for Red Cloud Indian School?

The application deadline for Red Cloud Indian School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked SD School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 542 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in South Dakota is $3,735 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in South Dakota is 97% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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