What We Do
The Department of Federal Programs coordinates and manages resources which supplement quality instructional practices that positively impact student achievement. Our team works to take down barriers that may restrict students from achieving and being engaged learners.

Federal Programs

The Department of Federal Programs at Rapid City Area Schools is committed to creating safe and inclusive environments where all students, families, and staff feel welcomed and celebrated for who they are.  We recognize that diversity within our community and schools has changed throughout the years and the Rapid City area has even greater racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, and economic diversity projected to come.  Within our department, we strive to continue to provide services so that all of our students can succeed without barriers to their education.


Learn more about our programs and staff today:

Well Rounded Schools- Title IV Part A funds that are used for student support, academic enrichment, well rounded educational opportunities, safe and healthy schools, and effective use of technology. CLICK HERE for the Training Menu

Federal Programs – McKinney Vento Homeless/Migrant Students, Title I Schools, School Improvement, Alternate Education programs at JSC, Wellfully, Arise & Children’s Home, GED program, and more.


SD DOE Website

US DOE Website


South Dakota Report Card

The South Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) measures students’ master of the South Dakota State Academic Standards.  The Report Card represents the scores of students who were continuously enrolled in a single district from Oct. 1 to the last day of the testing window.  The Assessment Report represents the scores of all students in a district or school – not just those who completed the full academic year.

Jennifer Strong
Director of Federal Programs
Federal Programs Contacts
Name Title Email
Dr. Justin Conroy Title ID Principal Email Dr. Justin
Ira Taken Alive Title VI Manager Email Ira
Sarah Zimmerman Prevention Specialist Email Sarah
Brandi Christoffer Family and Community Engagement Coordinator Email Brandi
Jamie Tullo Administrative Assistant Email Jamie
Jayme Johnson Secretary Federal Programs Email Jayme