Welcome to kindergarten! The Sioux Falls School District is committed to providing each student with the essential skills and knowledge he/she will need to succeed in school. The District's kindergarten curriculum is designed to engage children in the learning process, inspire their curiosity, provide them with a sense of accomplishment and help them understand the value of what they are learning. We want your child to have a meaningful kindergarten experience - one that will provide a strong foundation for future academic growth.

Junior Kindergarten Registration Requirements

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.

Specialized Schools (Elementary)

Sioux Falls School District has many different paths to choose from. Learn more about Two-Way Immersion, a distinctive form of immersion education in which balanced numbers of native English and Spanish speakers learn together in both languages. Spanish Immersion, a program where all classroom instruction is in Spanish beginning in kindergarten. The Challenge Center, a unique school that was developed to meet the needs of high ability students from across the district . ACE, where you would be joining a community of parents who see how the investment of time in education can impact their children's future. Eugene Field A+, where art instruction is fundamental in the philosophy of A+ schools and not just for music and visual art, and other Specialized Schools!

Kindergarten Registration Requirements

Sending your student off to Kindergarten can be a time filled with emotion. We celebrate the growth and development of our children and yet, wish for them to remain safely within our reach. The Sioux Falls School District is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment for your child to begin their educational journey.

Open Enrollment Application & Procedures

A parent/legal guardian of a South Dakota kindergarten through a 12th 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) can complete an application for open enrollment online.

Would you like to know more about how you can help your child succeed in school? As a parent or caregiver, you play an important role in your child’s academic achievement. By taking steps to get involved in your child’s education, you can bridge the gap between home and school to ensure your child’s success in learning and in life.

  • Preparing your child for school
  • Knowing what to expect from your child’s kindergarten teacher
  • Monitoring school work
  • Working with schools and teachers effectively
  • Helping your child with reading and homework
  • Ensuring that your child’s school is safe and drug-free.