Bus Service

Students eligible for bus service (K-8th grade residing more than 2.5 miles from their assigned school or in a designated area) must complete a Request for Student Busing Form to ride the bus. Transportation eligibility is determined by the student’s primary address in the Skyward student database.  Students who have registered will receive bus passes by postal mail the week before school starts.  Students who have moved or changed schools will need to register to receive a bus pass.   Request for Student Busing Forms will be available at schools during school registration and here on the RCAS website.  Bus personnel will attempt to notify special education parents prior to the start of school.

Nutrition Services

Breakfast and lunch are available for all students at all schools.

Free and reduced price meal applications are available during the online registration of upon request from the Student Nutrition office.  A new application must be completed each year and only one application needs to be completed per household.  Paper applications are also available at the Student Nutrition Office at 851 West Street.  It could take up to 10 days to process an application; families are responsible for paying for school meals purchased during this time until the application is approved.  Applications completed online and those dropped off at the Student Nutrition Office at 851 West Street will be processed the quickest.  Children in households receiving SNAP or TANF receive meals at no charge without applying.  Students are given an online school meal account that can be funded by personal check, cash, or online payment (E-Funds).  Families are responsible for maintaining a positive balance in the school meal account.  Students with negative balances will be given opportunities to bring the account into good standing.  If you have questions or need help, please call the Student Nutrition Office at 605-394-4061 or toll free at 844-641-5141..

School Begins

Regular classes begin on Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Registration Dates

Returning Student Registration – May 1, 2023 – Friday, August 4, 2023, 8:30-3:30.   Please complete the  Skyward’s Family Access Online Registration between May 1 and August 4, 2023.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your child’s school on August 4, 2023.  (pre-registered kindergarten students, preschool children and returning GRADES K-8)

New Student Registration – April 1–May 30, 2023, at the schools, online April 1-August 4, 2023, or Wednesday, August 3, 2023, 8:30-3:30 at the schools.

Click on the New Student Registration link to create an account to start your registration.  Follow the instructions for registering and plan to bring the requested documents to the school. If you do not have a computer, please call the school before May 24 for further assistance OR you may register in person on Wednesday, August 2 from 8:30-3:30 at the schools.  If you have moved within the district, please contact your school for further directions.

(Kindergarten children not pre-registered, students who have moved, and new students to the district K-8)

With the exception of kindergarten students who were pre-registered last spring, the first-come, first-taken registration process is again being used because it seems to be the most reasonable and fair. If a space problem exists at the time of kindergarten registration, home attendance assignment will not be guaranteed.

Grades K-8 students requesting Personal Transfers must register at their home school unless their Personal Transfer has already been approved.

Special Needs Students

All special needs students are to report to their assigned buildings. Preschool children not pre-registered must contact the preschool site to check availability of openings on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

Elementary and Middle School Orientation / Open Houses


Back to School Night/Open House is August 17, 2023, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  Contact your school for details.


Back to School Night/Open House is August 16, 2023, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  Contact your school for details.



If you plan to participate in a middle school sport please get your physicals scheduled.  Students participating in an activity must have an athletic physical before they can participate in the school athletics.  A copy of the completed Physical Exam Form must be on file in the office of your child’s middle school prior to the first practice.  Physicals taken in the spring for the ensuing school term shall be taken after April 1.  Return the completed Exam Form to your child’s Middle School office.  Physical exams must be done annually.


In order to maintain our Middle School philosophy of extra-curricular activities, fees in the amount of $25 per activity or $60 and $120 maximum per family for all activities for the year will be assessed.  Scholarships are available based upon need.

No Fees Assessed for Knowledge Bowl, Math Counts, Science Fair, Student Council.


If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school:

North Middle School – 394-4042

South Middle School – 394-4024

East Middle School – 394-4092

West Middle School – 394-4033

Southwest Middle School – 394-6792


The primary purpose of education is to develop successful adults. While academic pursuits are essential in providing the necessary foundation, a variety of learning experiences enhance the probability of adult success. The Rapid City Area School District attempts to satisfy the need of all students by offering a balanced program of Student Activities.

It is the responsibility of the activity participant and the parent to make sure that the following is completed before the student participates in athletics for Rapid City Area Schools.

The student must have a physical examination completed before the beginning of the activity. A copy of the completed Physical Exam Form must be on file in the office of your child’s middle school or your child’s high school activities office prior to tryouts or if no tryout prior to the first practice. The physical must be completed annually and must be dated from the current year. If a student does not have a physical, he/she will not be allowed to tryout/participate.

The student and parent must review/complete the state required parent consent/Interim-Annual Pre-Participation History form. Parents, this form must be completed electronically via Skyward’s Family Access. It is the HS Activities/Concussion – Parent Consent Form.

High School student and one parent must attend a Preseason Meeting to be informed of the rules and regulations that govern the activities program. This meeting will be in the beginning of August.


All high school students are required to have student ID cards. The first photo is free of charge. See Orientation below for schedule.

REGISTRATION –  New Students & Students Without Schedules

Central – 605-394-4063 – Call the school during the summer for an appointment with the Registrar. (Closed July 3 and 4, 2023.)
Stevens – 605-394-4025 – Call the school during the summer for an appointment with the Registrar. (Closed July 3 and 4, 2023.)
Rapid City High School – 605-394-4028 – Interested students may apply at rcalternativeacademy.rcas.org/application/.  When space is available the registrar will call to set up appointments for orientation and scheduling. (Closed July 3 and 4, 2023.)



August 14, 10th & 11th grade Student Prep Day/Pictures/ID-CHS Commons between 9 am-3 pm

August 15, 9th & 12th grade Student Prep Day/Pictures/ID-CHS Commons between 9 am-3 pm

August 16, 9th-12th grade Make-up School Pictures/ID/Schedule-CHS Commons between 4 pm-7 pm

August 22 & 23, 9th-12th grade Make-up School Pictures/ID/Schedule-CHS Library between 7:30 am-1:45 pm



August 17, 9th grade school pictures/orientation, 8:00 am-3:00 pm-SHS Commons.

August 18, 10-12th grade pictures, 8:00 am-3:00 pm-SHS Commons

Make up school picture/ID’s will be taken Aug. 22 between 7:30 am-1:00 pm.

Aug. 25, 2022: 10-12th grade pictures, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.-SHS commons.

Make up school picture/ID’s will be taken Aug. 30, 2022 between 8 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the front lobby.


Rapid City Alternative Academy-

August 10, 9th and 11th grade orientation, 9:00 am-Historic Theatre-followed by school pictures.

August 10, 10th and 12th grade orientation, 12:00 pm-Historic Theatre-followed by school pictures.


August 16, 2023, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


August 22, 2023, 8:25 a.m., Report to classes as scheduled.


August 22, 2023, 8:25 a.m., Report to classes as scheduled.

Rapid City Alternative Academy

August 22, 2023, 8:20 a.m., Report to classes as scheduled.