A parent/legal guardian of a South Dakota kindergarten through twelfth grade student who resides outside of the District and wishes to enroll the student in the District or in a school in the District other than the school assigned to their residence (home attendance center) must complete an application for open enrollment. Applications for open enrollment are available at all Sioux Falls Public Schools or at the Instructional Planning Center at 201 East 38th Street.
All applications must be submitted to the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services and will be acted upon in the order they are received at the Instructional Planning Center. Decisions to accept or reject open enrollment will be based on the criteria listed under "Open Enrollment Application Standards" in School Board Regulation JCA-R.
Applications may be withdrawn prior to approval or upon written notification to the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services.
Once approved by the District, the approved application serves as the applicant's notice of intent to enroll in the Sioux Falls School District or desired school within the District and obligates the student to attend the assigned school during the school year.
Open Enrollment Timelines
Open enrollment applications will start being accepted for the succeeding school year beginning December 1 of the prior school year. If December 1 falls on a weekend, then it would be the following Monday. Open enrollment applications for the succeeding school year will not be accepted prior to that date.
Transfers for approved applications at all grade levels may only take place prior to the last Friday in September during the first semester of any school year and prior to the last Friday in January during the second semester of any school year. For applications approved after the deadline in the first semester, the transfer will occur at the start of the second semester. For applications approved after the deadline in the second semester, the transfer will occur at the start of the following school year. These deadlines for transfer do not apply if (1) a student is seeking to transfer to an alternative school or a specialized nonpublic educational program; (2) a student enrolls in a school district after the deadline in either semester or (3) the receiving school district school board's designee determines that special circumstances exist and allows a student to transfer after the deadline.
Transportation Outside Student Home Attendance Center
When a student has been accepted for open enrollment, the parent or guardian is responsible for transporting the student to and from school without reimbursement.
Open Enrollment of Special Education Students
An Open Enrollment Application for a student in need of special education or special education and related services will be based on the criteria listed under "Open Enrollment of Special Education Students" in School Board Regulation JCA-R.