Welcome to Eugene Field

A+ Elementary School! 

Eugene Field became South Dakota’s first A+ (arts plus academics) school in the fall of 2001. Daily arts instruction is fundamental in the philosophy of A+ schools — and not just for music and visual art.


Eugene Field restructured its allowed arts time and divided it equally among drama, visual art, music and dance. The classroom teachers and arts teachers collaborate to ensure that the curriculum is taught through the arts and the arts taught through the curriculum. The relationship ensures that all children — traditional and nontraditional learners — have an opportunity to reveal their understanding of the standards through a variety of enriched assessment. 


At Eugene Field A+ Elementary school, the "A+" stands for "art plus academics." Students at Eugene Field see their lessons presented in a variety of formats to connect with all eight of the multiple intelligences identified by researcher Howard Gardner: word, math (or logic), people, self, art (or picture), music, body, and nature.

What are the eight multiple intelligences?

The eight multiple intelligences, as devised by Howard Gardner, are:

  • Word Smart - Students use words effectively, and enjoy reading, playing word games, and making up poetry or stories. Lessons encouraging them to interact with words through speaking, writing, and reading.
  • Math (or Logic) Smart - Students learn through reasoning and calculation, with conceptual and abstract patterns and relationships. Lessons include logic games, investigations, and mysteries.
  • People Smart - Students are keen to interact with others, with strengths in making friends, empathy, and common sense. Lessons taught through group activities, seminars, and dialogues.
  • Self Smart - Students understand one's self with wisdom, intuition and motivation, as well as a strong will, confidence and opinions. Lessons are best done through independent study and introspection.
  • Art (or Picture) Smart - Students think in terms of physical space - drawing, jigsaw puzzles, maps - with lessons that include drawings and physical imagery.
  • Music Smart - Students show sensitivity to rhythm and sound, including the sounds within their environment. Lessons include turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, or tapping out time.
  • Body Smart - Students use the body effectively, focused on movement, making things, and physical touch. Lessons communicate through body language and physical activity or role playing.
  • Nature Smart - Students are in love with the natural world, both confident and comfortable in nature. Lessons bring them closer to nature through observation, immersion in nature, or simply comparing and contrasting natural life.