According to a U.S. News and World Report ranking, the small town of Rosholt can boast the top high school in the state this year.
Rosholt superintendent Teresa Appel was both expectant and surprised by the ranking.
"The initial thing is that yeah you're kind of surprised but I know how smart and intelligent our kids are and I know what kind of staff that we have that gets them to that high achieving level," Appel said.
When ranking the schools, the report considered various factors including teacher to student ratio and test scores.
"I wish we did better. I think, you know, that we have a chance at going forward the better I get at teaching this and the more I know to prepare kids earlier," English teacher Kim Davidson said.
Even though its rank is highest in the state this year, Davidson says test scores and knowledge gained in the high school could still increase. She likes to push the students and says other teachers in the school do as well.
Rosholt has a couple hundred students, kindergarten through grade 12.
"There's definitely a sense of pride because small school up in the northeast corner getting recognition for something like this is pretty cool," senior Dexter Lick said.
Rosholt's superintendent says the school size may just be a factor in its success because teachers get to know students when they're young and continue to build relationships with them throughout their school years.
And at least for Davidson, that means knowing how to push them a little bit further.
Of course bigger schools have their perks as well and one of those took the second spot on the list- Brookings.