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Top 10 Best Watertown Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 12 public schools serving 4,191 students in Watertown, SD (there are , serving 524 private students). 89% of all K-12 students in Watertown, SD are educated in public schools (compared to the SD state average of 91%).
The top ranked public schools in Watertown, SD are Lincoln Elementary - 05, Mckinley Elementary - 06 and Watertown Middle School - 02. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Watertown, SD public schools have an average math proficiency score of 50% (versus the South Dakota public school average of 43%), and reading proficiency score of 58% (versus the 51% statewide average). Schools in Watertown have an average ranking of 8/10, which is in the top 30% of South Dakota public schools.
Minority enrollment is 16% of the student body (majority Hispanic and American Indian), which is less than the South Dakota public school average of 31% (majority American Indian).

Best Public Schools in Watertown, SD (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Lincoln Elementary - 05
(Math: 80-84% | Reading: 70-74%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1100 13th St Ne
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-6340
Grades: K-4
| 369 students
Rank: #22.
Mckinley Elementary - 06
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
5 12th St Sw
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-6350
Grades: PK-4
| 239 students
Rank: #33.
Watertown Middle School - 02
(Math: 48% | Reading: 64%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1700 11th St Ne
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-6370
Grades: 7-8
| 618 students
Rank: #44.
Mellette Elementary - 07
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
619 2nd St Nw
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-6385
Grades: K-4
| 218 students
Rank: #55.
Watertown High School - 01
(Math: 39% | Reading: 69%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
200 Ne 9th St
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-6316
Grades: 9-12
| 1,259 students
Rank: #66.
Jefferson Elementary - 09
(Math: 60-64% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1701 N Maple St
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-6390
Grades: K-4
| 352 students
Rank: #77.
Watertown Intermediate School - 13
(Math: 47% | Reading: 54%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
601 11th St Ne
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-6355
Grades: 5-6
| 559 students
Rank: #88.
Waverly-south Shore Elementary - 02
(Math: 40-49% | Reading: 40-49%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
319 Mary Pl
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 886-9174
Grades: PK-5
| 126 students
Rank: #99.
Waverly-south Shore High School - 01
(Math: 21-39% | Reading: 40-59%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
319 Mary Pl
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 886-9174
Grades: 9-12
| 80 students
Rank: #1010.
Roosevelt Elementary - 08
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
412 2nd St Se
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-6360
Grades: PK-4
| 236 students
Rank: #1111.
Waverly-south Shore Middle School - 03
(Math: 20-29% | Reading: 40-49%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
319 Mary Pl
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 886-9174
Grades: 6-8
| 60 students
Rank: n/an/a
216 10th St Se
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-6398
Grades: PK-6
| 75 students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Watertown, South Dakota

Watertown, South Dakota Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
216 10th St Se
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-6399
Grades: PK-K
| 66 students
1311 3rd Ave Ne
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 882-6380
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Watertown, SD?
The top ranked public schools in Watertown, SD include Lincoln Elementary - 05, Mckinley Elementary - 06 and Watertown Middle School - 02.
How many public schools are located in Watertown, SD?
12 public schools are located in Watertown, SD.
What percentage of students in Watertown, SD go to public school?
89% of all K-12 students in Watertown, SD are educated in public schools (compared to the SD state average of 91%).
What is the racial composition of students in Watertown, SD?
Watertown, SD public schools minority enrollment is 16% of the student body (majority Hispanic and American Indian), which is less than the South Dakota public schools average of 31% (majority American Indian).

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