Elementary Special Education

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The Elementary Special Education Program offers a full continuum of services to children with special education needs. Each of the 23 elementary schools offers specialized instruction to meet the individualized needs of students eligible for special education. Students are identified through a referral and evaluation process. Each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) indicates the skill areas to be addressed, the instructional placement, and the necessary modifications.

Elementary RISE

RISE programs are designed to serve students who need instruction focused on core content connectors throughout the school day in small group, and integrated learning experiences. Self-contained RISE sites are located at:

  • Susan B. Anthony
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Terry Redlin

Elementary Schools

Sioux Falls Public Schools is proud to offer the following specialized elementary schools, including All-City Elementary which requires a parent/guardian volunteer commitment, Challenge Center for students in grades 2-5 who meet testing requirements, Eugene Field A+ School featuring Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence, Spanish Immersion at Sonia Sotomayor, Global Studies at Rosa Parks and a Two-Way Immersion Program at both Rosa Parks and Hayward Elementary. The District has all-day kindergarten at its 23 elementary sites and offers a full complement of early childhood and special education services. Junior Kindergarten classrooms are available at Susan B. Anthony, Harvey Dunn, and John F. Kennedy Elementary Schools. Learning Adventures Preschool is a fee-based program at John Harris, Discovery, and Sonia Sotomayor Elementary. The Elementary Immersion Center provides basic English instruction to preschool through fifth-grade children who do not yet know English. Immersion programs are also located in middle and high schools. As students gain English skills, they move from immersion classrooms to standard classrooms, with a variety of support services still available.

   

One source of data for identifying a school's present status, assessing overall student progress, and planning for continual school improvement is the data profile. Data profile pages include attendance and enrollment information; student demographics; staffing levels; special program enrollments; District survey results; District, state, and national test result comparisons.

School Improvement Plans

Comprehensive School Improvement Plans provide quality professional development activities that promote research-based strategies to accelerate student learning. Professional development and parent involvement activities are designed and aligned with state standards, district goals/benchmarks, and specific student needs.

Junior Kindergarten

Junior Kindergarten is a free educational opportunity for families who have a student who is eligible to attend kindergarten based on age but do not believe their child is ready emotionally, socially, and/or academically for the rigor involved in a Kindergarten classroom. Students must be 5 by September 1st of the current school year to participate in our SFSD Junior Kindergarten program. We have 3 locations with 2 programming options for enrollment. Please contact the school that you would like to enroll your student in.

Susan B. Anthony: (605) 367-4560
Harvey Dunn: (605) 371-4120
John F. Kennedy: (605) 362-2784

Elementary School Curriculum

Elementary Coordinator
P: (605) 367-7946
F: (605) 367-7906
Special Services Supervisor
P: (605) 367-7963
F: (605) 367-4638

The Sioux Falls School District elementary education program is designed to provide comprehensive and appropriate instruction to all kindergarten through fifth-grade students with core subjects being aligned to the SD Content Standards. Our elementary teachers provide instruction in English language arts (reading and writing), mathematics, science, health, and social studies. Our teachers are committed to providing a high-quality education using research-based curriculum and instructional strategies to engage students in learning.

Differentiated teaching and learning is important to personalizing instruction to meet the needs of our students. All classroom teachers have access to intervention programs which incorporate a variety of instructional approaches to respond to the individual learning needs, interests and readiness of students.

In addition, our elementary buildings provide support to struggling readers, English language learners, students identified as gifted, and students who are being served on an Individual Education Plan.

We take pride in knowing that we have 23 elementary buildings which reflect the unique characteristics of the students who attend them. Yet, have a common mission to educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world.

Elementary Gifted Education

The Sioux Falls Elementary Gifted Program is designed to respond to the unique needs and special characteristics of gifted students by providing an opportunity for students to pursue and develop their potential for excellence.

The Elementary Gifted Program (EGP) goals are to:

  • Provide appropriately challenging and in-depth learning experiences
  • Support interaction between intellectual peers
  • Foster the development of skills for self-directed learning
  • Encourage the awareness of one’s potential in society
  • Provide opportunities for collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking

The Elementary Gifted Program provides enrichment and acceleration in math and science to students identified as Gifted. Students engage in units of study focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) designed to specifically challenge the gifted learner.

Identification for the SFSD Gifted Program uses a matrix that incorporates standardized test data to identify students. Identification can be initiated by parents, guardians, teachers, principals, or students. Referrals or questions can be directed to building principals, teachers, or Elementary Gifted Program staff.

Special Education

The Elementary Special Education Program offers a full continuum of services to children with special education needs. Each of the 23 elementary schools offers specialized instruction to meet the individualized needs of students eligible for special education. Students are identified through a referral and evaluation process. Each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) indicates the skill areas to be addressed, the instructional placement, and the necessary modifications.

Junior Kindergarten

Junior Kindergarten is a free educational opportunity for families who have a student who is eligible to attend kindergarten based on age but do not believe their child is ready emotionally, socially, and/or academically for the rigor involved in a Kindergarten classroom.

Students must be 5 by September 1st of the current school year to participate in our SFSD Junior Kindergarten program. We have 3 locations with 2 programming options for enrollment. Please contact the school that you would like to enroll your student in.

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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