Lakota Language Immersion Program

As part of an ongoing effort to improve outcomes for all students, RCAS is expanding our Lakota Language Immersion program. RCAS is proud to be a partner in supporting indigenous language revitalization efforts.

The goals of the Lakota Immersion program include developing fluent Lakota language speakers by fifth grade; supporting students in learning about Lakota culture, traditions, and ways of being; honoring ancestors and elders; and developing the whole child. The Lakota Language Immersion program will be taught primarily in the Lakota language – with the exception of RCAS specials classes, including STEAM, physical education, and music – with an intentional integration of Lakota culture, heritage, and values.

For the 2022-2023 school year, the program will be hosted by General Beadle Elementary School; as the program grows, there may be a need to relocate in the future. The RCAS Lakota Immersion Program is a magnet school, and as such, transportation is NOT provided; upon acceptance into the program, we ask that you understand that you are making a commitment to getting your child to and from school every day. All students in the RCAS attendance area are welcome to apply, but some services are limited; if your child is on an IEP, your child’s team will need to meet to determine the appropriateness of this setting.

There are positions available for kindergarten. Please email General Beadle Principal, Dr. Johanna Sailor, if you are interested in enrolling your kindergarten student in the immersion school (johanna.sailor@k12.sd.us).

For the 2022-2023 school year, the immersion school is full for 1st grade and we currently have a waitlist. A lottery drawing was held in May and can be viewed here: