The Vermillion School District serves the Clay and Union County communities of Vermillion, Burbank, and Meckling and encompasses 200 square miles. The current enrollment for the district is 1270, which includes 407 High School students, 292 Middle School students and 570 Elementary students. The Vermillion School District believes that quality education begins with classroom leadership. 98% of Vermillion educators are rated as highly qualified with the average years of experience at 16 years. 20% of Vermillion teachers hold advanced degrees.
Founded in 1862, the University of South Dakota (USD) is the state’s flagship institution and is the only public liberal arts university in South Dakota. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students, USD is known as a high-class university with Division I athletics and home to the state's only law and medical schools. In South Dakota, 70% of the attorneys, 48% of physicians and half of the teachers all graduated from USD.