Sioux Falls Catholic school educators set high expectations for their students and care about their personal success. The commitment and focus of our students, teachers and parents is reflected in the fact that our students consistently score well above the local, state and national averages on standardized achievement tests.

SFCS Testing

The Sioux Falls Catholic School administrators along with staff and curriculum teams have chosen to opt out of the Smarter Balanced assessment.  All K, 1st and 2nd grade students are screened using the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS).  All students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 will take the TerraNova Standardized Assessment. Students in 7th grade will take the ACT Aspire and students in 10th grade will take the Pre-ACT.  All testing will take place in the spring of the year.

Nationally Ranked

Our SFCS students as a whole perform well above the local, state and national average on standardized tests.  It is this exceptionally strong foundation in our elementary schools that ensures our students will continue to succeed in Junior High and High school! In 2015 O’Gorman ACT scores were an average of 3.5 points higher than state scores and 4.4 points higher than national scores with 99% of students testing (an average of only 47% of students tested nationally).  Also in 2015, 37 students scored a 30 or higher on the ACT.

Appendix ACT Scores (1)

  • O’Gorman High School has been named a NCLB “Blue Ribbon School” by the U.S. Dept. of Education.
  • O’Gorman has been named a Top 50 Catholic high school in the nation every year since the National Catholic High School Honor Roll award’s inception in 2006.


On average, 90% of O’Gorman students attend four-year colleges and graduate in four years, with another five percent attending vocational/technical or community colleges. The remaining five percent enter the military or enter the work force. The Senior Christian Service classes (seniors only) served approximately 4,500 hours in 2012-2013, working in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, helping people with disabilities and more. This is in addition to the tens of thousands of hours our SFCS students spend annually in Christian service throughout the community.

Advance Placement Scores

  • 84% of O’Gorman High School students scored a passing score of 3 or higher on advanced placement tests compared to the state average of 65%.