Are You a New Student Entering Rapid City Area Schools?

New Student Enrollment

New Students entering Rapid City Schools for the first time must present a certified copy of their birth certificate, immunization records, and social security number. Children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017. Kindergarten children are required to have a minimum of 4 doses of OPV/IPV, one of which must be after their fourth birthday; 4 doses of DTaP, one of which must be after their fourth birthday: 2 MMR vaccinations; and 2 varicella vaccinations or a history of chicken pox disease is acceptable with a parent or guardian signature. All kindergarten students and students from outside the U.S. who enroll will have all age appropriate immunizations completed before the first day of attendance. These children will not be allowed to start school until this is accomplished.

School entry requirements for South Dakota 6th grade students include: one dose of Tdap vaccine & one dose of MCV4. The requirements apply only for 6th grade entry and transfer students, 6th – 12th grade. If a child is 10 years old when entering the 6th grade they have 45 days after their 11th birthday to be vaccinated.

Students in grades 1-12, other than specified above, will be allowed two weeks to present documentation of completed immunizations. After two weeks, students who have not provided documentation of completed immunizations will be excluded from attendance.

All new American Indian students wishing to receive Title VII Indian Education services need to complete a 506 certification form at the beginning of the school year. For more information, contact Indian Education – 394-4071.

RCAS Student Placement Procedures

New Student Registration

Pre-K

If you are interested in registering your child for the RCAS Pre-K program, please complete the RCAS Pre-K New Student Registration Form and call our Jefferson office at 605-394-1813 to schedule an appointment..

RCAS Pre-K New Student Registration Form

Kindergarten Readiness

You are your child’s first and most valuable teacher. The first five years of your child’s life are the most important years in his or her development.  In fact, children learn and retain more information before the age of six than over the rest of their lives.  The more early learning experiences your child is exposed to, the more prepared he or she will be to enter kindergarten.

During children’s early years, families and child care providers can ensure children are prepared for school by helping children develop an array of skills. Check out the documents below for more information.

Kindergarten Readiness Activity Guide

Kindergarten Readiness Parent Guide

Kindergarten Screening

Kindergarten screening is a district-wide commitment toward improving early identification and remediation of potential learning problems. Kindergarten registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis during screening. If enrollment at a school exceeds class size maximums, children will be reassigned to the nearest school with available space. Kindergarten children in the Rapid City Area Schools are screened in order for teachers to discover each child’s unique needs and talents.

2019-2020 Screening Information

Kindergarten through 8th Grade

Rapid City Area Schools utilizes an online registration process for new students Kindergarten through 8th grade.  This is a continuation of the paperless initiative the district has incorporated over the past several years.

Begin by filling out the New Student Registration Account Request

(If you need assistance with the account request process please refer to this Guide)

You will receive your credentials via email (if provided) or in a pop-up window to continue the registration process.

Login with your newly acquired credentials and proceed to register your student.

(If you need assistance with the registration process please refer to this Guide)

**Note:  You will be required to bring the following documents to the school to finish the registration process:  Birth Certificate, Immunization Record, Social Security Card, and Proof of Residency.  Middle School students course requests are also completed at the school. 

**Note:  South Dakota requires all 6th grade students to get one dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) and one dose of Meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine on or after the 11th birthday.

Busing

K-8th grade students residing more than 2.5 miles from their assigned school or in a designated area are eligible for bus service.  Please complete a Request for Student Busing Form to ride the bus.

High School

New High School students are to complete two forms:

RCAS New Student Registration Form

McKinney-Vento Verification Form

Contact the Registrar’s office at your school to schedule an appointment to complete the registration process.

Central High School – 605-394-4063

Stevens High School – 605-394-4025

Rapid City High School – 605-394-4028

Now that I’ve Registered my Child, How do I Track my Child’s Progress?

Please reference the Parent Resource page to get access to online accounts for Skyward Family Access (attendance, grades, assignments, food service balances/purchases), eFunds (electronically add money to your child’s food service account), eHealth (Breakfast/Lunch Menus), and RapidRide information.