Elementary Special Education

Boy Doing Math

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. Self-contained RISE sites located at Susan B. Anthony, John F. Kennedy, and Terry Redlin Elementary Schools provide individual, small group and integrated learning experiences. RISE programs are designed to serve students who need instruction focused on core content connectors throughout the school day.

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 Schools

Sioux Falls has 23 elementary schools, serving grades K-5. Elementary instruction emphasizes the mastery of basic skills along with respect for one's self and others.

Achieving our mission, to educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world, hinges on our ability to continually improve the effectiveness of our schools.

Sioux Falls Public Schools are proud to offer five 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+ Elementary featuring Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence, Sonia Sotomayor Spanish Immersion Elementary, and Global Studies at Rosa Parks Elementary. The District has all day kindergarten at its 23 elementary sites and offers a full complement of early childhood and special education services. The Elementary Immersion Center provides basic English instruction to preschool through fifth grade children. 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.

Each school’s data profile is accessed via the school link.

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.

Individual School Improvement Plans are accessed via each school’s link.

Elementary School Curriculum

Elementary Coordinator

(605) 367-7943
(605) 367-7906

Special Services Supervisor

(605) 367-7963
(605) 367-4638

The elementary education program is designed to provide comprehensive and appropriate instruction to all kindergarten through fifth grade students. All core subjects are aligned to State and District learning standards. Elementary teachers provide instruction in reading/language arts, mathematics, science/health and social studies.

Support interventions are available for students such as Literacy in Action (K-5) and special education services. English Language Learner services provide support for students learning the English language.

Special education offers additional services for elementary students. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are written for students identified for instructional support in core areas and are served in the resource rooms. RISE sites offer inclusive instruction for students with significant learning delays.

The Elementary Gifted Program provides enrichment and acceleration in math and science for identified students in grades one through five.

All teachers provide sound instruction to students in all subject areas. Many research-based strategies and a variety of tools including technology, are used to actively engage students. The "Four C's" are stressed in all classrooms. They are critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Students use these four skills on a daily basis in order to succeed in the world today and in the future.