West Central Public Schools

"To prepare all students for learning and living in a changing world."


West Central School District No. 49-7

Location of school district: The West Central School District is located eight miles west of the junction where Interstate 90 and Interstate 29 connect. The West Central School District borders the City of Sioux Falls and encompasses the City of Hartford, City of Humboldt, the Wall Lake area, Hartford Heights, and several other housing development areas.

Community Information:

The West Central School District is essentially a bedroom community for the City of Sioux Falls, which has a population of approximately 140,000. The City of Hartford is located 12 miles from the City of Sioux Falls with the City of Humboldt located eight more miles to the west.

Population of the City:
City of Hartford – 1925 -- City of Humboldt - 521

Major employers in the area: Hartford – Golden West Communications, Home Federal Bank, US Bank, Sunshine Grocery, and Hartford Lumber. Humboldt – Reliabank, and Garrey Hardware. City of Sioux Falls is in close proximity and offers a multitude of opportunities for employment,

Medical Facilities available:
Sanford Health Clinic located in Hartford

Sanford Hospital, Avera McKennan Hospital, and the Heart Hospital located in the City of Sioux Falls

Recreational activities:
Central Valley Golf Course located in Hartford, Hartford City Swimming Pool, Ball fields and Parks located in both Hartford and Humboldt, the I-90 racetrack, camping at Wall Lake and Lake Vermillion. In addition there is many activities within Sioux Falls area ranging from semi-pro sports teams, the Great Plains Zoo, the Washington Pavilion and many other activities.

There are five Lutheran Churches, two Catholic Churches, a Baptist Church, a Methodist Church, and a Community Church located within the West Central School District.

Community activities:
West Central Community Education program which offers education programs along with recreational programs such as adult basketball and volleyball. Other community activities include a softball league, amateur baseball, soccer, Jaycees, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Women of Today, Red Hat Society, American Legion, Parent Teacher Organization, Athletic Boosters, Music Boosters, and several other groups. The West Central School District is also in partnership with Sioux land Libraries regarding the Community Library.

Colleges or universities nearby:
Southeast Area Technical School, Augustana College, University of Sioux Falls, Colorado Technical and USDSU are located in the City of Sioux Falls. South Dakota State University is located in Brookings approximately 60 miles to the north of Sioux Falls. University of South Dakota is located in Vermillion approximately 60 miles to the south of Sioux Falls. Dakota State University is located in Madison approximately 35 miles to the Northwest of Hartford.

District Information:

  • Number of Students: 1140
  • Square Miles of the District: 165 miles
  • Number of administrative staff: 8
  • Number of teachers: 85
  • Number of classified staff: 73
  • Number of school buildings: The West Central High School and K-2 Elementary - Hartford
  • The West Central Middle School - Hartford
  • The West Central K-5 Elementary - Humboldt
  • Business Office - Hartford
  • Bus Garage - Hartford
  • Bus Garage - Humboldt
  • Football Stadium – Hartford

Special Programs:
Junior Kindergarten program, National Honor Society, Exploratory Classes at the Middle School Level, Advanced Placement Courses in English, Chemistry, and Calculus, Reading Recovery, Accelerated Reading Program, Junior Achievement, Character Education, English as a Second Language, After school KARE program, Summer KARE program, Destination Imagination, Service Learning Program, Turning Point Alternative School, and a partnership with East Dakota Educational Cooperative which provides High Impact Alternative School, Career Academy, Construction Academy, Project Skills, and Job Shadow Services.

Partnerships with colleges, universities, etc.
West Central School District participates in the Professional Development Center at the University of South Dakota which is a partnership whereby current staff may earn a masters program and beginning teachers are mentored in the classroom. The West Central School District is affiliated with the University of Sioux Falls to provide college credit to staff through various in-service programs. The University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, Dakota State University, and Northern State University have agreements with the West Central School District regarding student teacher programs,

Extracurricular activities:
Band, Chorus, Jazz Band, Swing Choir, Dance, Cheerleading, Oral Interpretation, Improv group, Basketball, Track, Golf, Wrestling, Cross-Country, Volleyball, Football, Gymnastics, Drama, FFA, FCCLA, Letter Club, Close-up, Quiz Bowls, Teens Against Tobacco Use, Yearbook, Trojan Tribune, Weightlifting Club, and club sports for Baseball, Softball, AAU wrestling, and Soccer.

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