Our District

Welcome to

Vermillion School District


Together we connect, inspire and achieve. (CIA)



The Vermillion School District will build relationships that empower students to learn and optimize their potential.


  • Our students are valuable and can be successful
  • Educators serve as positive role models for students by planning and promoting a safe and supportive environment
  • Learning is the responsibility of the student, while education is the responsibility of the parent, the school and the community


Serving the Clay and Union County communities of Vermillion, Burbank, and Meckling, the Vermillion Public School District encompasses 200 square miles located near Interstate 29 in southeastern South Dakota. The University of South Dakota is located in the city of Vermillion and offers many excellent opportunities for the students and staff.

The Vermillion School District is governed by a five member school board, and is guided by a district superintendent and four building principals.The district operates one high school (Vermillion High School), one middle school (Vermillion Middle School), and two elementary schools (Jolley and Austin Elementary Schools).  Current enrollment is 1239.

High School: 385  Middle School: 319  Elementary Schools: 582

The Vermillion School District believes that quality education begins with classroom leadership.  Because of that belief, the district provides research-based trainings and monitors student progress.

Vermillion Schools provide professional development for teachers to keep abreast of the most current and best methods in education.  The district provides four in-service days, and encourages teachers to pursue opportunities that deepen content knowledge and strengthen classroom practices.

100% of Vermillion educators are rated as highly qualified.  Average years of experience among Vermillion teacher is 16 years.  60% of Vermillion teachers hold advanced degrees.

The Vermillion School District has an 90% graduation rate average over all socio-economic groups. The average composite ACT score for those high school students taking the test (83% of seniors) was 22.7.  Vermillion students exceeded the state average in all areas of the ACT test.  

Vermillion Schools strive for a quality educational experience for students.  A student information database can be accessed by staff, parents, and students.  Teachers are encouraged to integrate technology into the curriculum.