Spearfish High School Accreditation

An accredited high school for the past 87 years. 

sp Partners in School Improvement AdvancED


AdvancED is the world's largest educational community, serving more than 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 69 countries that educate over 15 million students. We believe that students must be prepared to suceed in an 'ever changing world'. Educational institutions have a deep responsibility to deliver quality education to students from all walks of life.



Why Does Accreditation Matter?

Accreditation is designed to help educational institutions boost their ongoing performance efforts for the benefit of their students. Accreditation matters because our students deserve the highest level of educational excellence.

SHS Mission Statement

"Empowering All Students to Succeed in a Changing World"

School District Strategic Plan

SHS Belief Statements

AdvancED Performance Accreditation

requires that a school:

  • Meet the AdvacED Standards and accreditation policies
  • Demonstrate quality assurance through internal and external review
  • Engage in Continuous Improvement

What does a Quality School Look Like?

AdvancED research confirmes that every school requires:

  • stable governance, management, and leadership;
  • a coherent course of study;
  • a reliable system by which to assess students’ progress;
  • instructors who have a clear understanding of what they aim to teach, how, and why; and
  • access to the resources they need.

AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools

These Standards are research-based, comprehensive quality statements that describe conditions and factors that contribute to a quality educational experience and operational effectiveness.

Standard 1: Purpose and Direction
The school maintains and communicates a purpose and direction that commit to high expectations for learning as well as shared values and beliefs about teaching and learning.

Standard 2: Governance and Leadership
The school operates under governance and leadership that promote and support
student performance and school effectiveness.

Standard 3: Teaching and Assessing for Learning
The school’s curriculum, instructional design, and assessment practices guide and
ensure teacher effectiveness and student learning.

Standard 4: Resources and Support Systems
The school has resources and provides services that support its purpose and direction to ensure success for all students.

Standard 5: Using Results for Continuous Improvement
The school implements a comprehensive assessment system that generates a range
of data about student learning and school effectiveness and uses the results to guide continuous improvement.

Aditional Information: Indicators for 5 Standards

Accreditation Documents

Spearfish High School Self Assessment Report

SHS Executive Summary

SHS School Improvement Plan

Spearfish School District Executive Summary

SHS AdvancED Meeting Agendas

April 2 Early Out 

Laptop March 20

March 7 Staff 

January 20 Inservice 

Laptop Jan 16 

Dec 13 Staff 

Dec 4 Early Out 

Laptop Nov 21 

Nov 11 Curr Groups 

Nov 11 Prof Dev

Nov 6 Early Out

Nov 1 Agenda 

Oct 2 Early Out 

Sept 27 Agenda 

Data Retreat

Aug 26 Agenda

Evidence Links

Mr. Morford's Website

Student, Laptop, and Activities Handbooks

School District Homepage

SHS HomePage

AdvancED Webpages District Schools

Common Core Training Timeline

School Board Meeting Minutes

Teacher Resources

District Technology Plan

District Policies and Comunications

New Teacher Mentoring Info

School District Annual Report 2014

Other Survey Links
2014 Student
2014 Senior Exit 
Graduate Follow up 
Student Year End 2013
Senior Exit 2013 



District AdvancED Agendas and Minutes


District Agenda Sept. 13

District Agenda Oct. 11

District Agenda Nov. 15

District Agenda Jan. 10

District Agenda Feb. 14

District Agenda March 13

District Agenda May 9


District Agenda March 27

District Agenda May 8

District Agenda May 9

District Agenda Nov.14

District Agenda Sept. 12

Feb 13 Notes

March 5 2014 PD Form_1

Mtg Attendance

Supt mtg Sept 3

District Agenda April 10

District Agenda Dec. 12District

Agenda Feb. 13

District Agenda Form

District Agenda Jan. 9

District Agenda March 20


Sept. 11 Agenda

Oct. 9 Agenda

2013 South Dakota Board of Regents Transitions Report SHS
SDBOR Transition Data
SDBOR Transition Report First Year Outcomes 
SDBOR Report Multi-Year Trends 



Power Point From Standards Overview



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