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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Two different models are used at Harvey Dunn and Susan B. Anthony Elementary Schools for Junior Kindergarten.

Harvey Dunn enrolled 18 students and Susan B. Anthony enrolled 34 with 23 of those students using the extended care option the school offered. The Sioux Falls School District says this demonstrates how Sioux Falls needs this type of programming.

The district also said in an email, “Registration for Junior Kindergarten will open February 1, 2020 for the 2020-21 school year. Families interested in enrolling in the Junior Kindergarten program for the fall of 2020 are encouraged to contact Harvey Dunn or Susan B. Anthony for more information. Students who are enrolled in Junior Kindergarten will have the opportunity to participate in Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten registration night on March 26, 2020.”

Teresa Boysen is the Assistant Superintendent of Academic Achievement for the Sioux Falls School District. She says both of the schools proved to be successful and the district plans to have the programs again next year.

“As long as they’re in support we’ll continue with that pilot and that model at both sites,” Boysen said.

Since both schools did so well, the district is looking at expanding this program.

“We’ll continue to look at space available across the district and make any announcements later this spring about expansion for that program. Because we do have families, specifically on the west side, we have an east side site, we have a central site, and we have a west side interest so really just looking at where space is available,” Boysen said.

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