RCAS adding more options for learning in the fall
Rapid City Area School District is adding an online option for all students in the fall along with a Lakota Language Immersion Program for Kindergarten students.
David Swank, Principal of Canyon Lake Elementary, says, “There’s been online learning programs for years both in this state and across the country and it’s something Dr. Simon has been interested in adding to the programming for Rapid City for a long time and COVID just really brought to light the need for the avenue.”
Swank adds, “What we are looking to do with the online school is to provide an additional pathway for students to be successful en route to graduation.”
“There’s a lot of great tools out there that allow you to recreate some of the things that previous you would only be able to do face to face,” says Swank.
“One of the things we strive for at Canyon Lake is that all kids see themselves reflected everyday, in the curriculum, in the building and in our interactions and there is something about the language that without that it is hard to feel whole,” says Swank.
Students do not have to live in the Canyon Lake Elementary attendance area to apply; however, since this is a school of choice, transportation will not be provided to students who do not live within the Canyon Lake attendance area.