The Smee School District 15-3 is located within the boundaries of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in north-central South Dakota. The Standing Rock Reservation, which lies partly in North Dakota and partly in South Dakota, is one of the largest reservations in the Dakotas. Smee School District covers an area of over 300 square miles, and presently serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The majority of the students are enrolled members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Smee School District is an extraordinarily rural district. Most students are bused to school. The town of Wakpala has roughly 500 residents.
The Smee School District recognizes the history and tradition of the tribal affiliation of its students. The Smee School District also recognizes and respects the role that spirituality plays in students’ sense of pride, self-esteem, and cultural identity.