Sioux Falls School District Updates Open Enrollment Policy


The numbers don’t lie.  Open enrollment in the Sioux Falls School District is getting a lot tougher.

Because a lot of schools are already at capacity, the district is going to be updating its open enrollment policies.

The Sioux Falls School District will start taking applications for open enrollment on December 1.  But parents should know it’s going to be tough to get their kids into certain schools if they want to open enroll for next year. 

Open enrollment in the Sioux Falls School district isn’t as easy as it used to be. 

“The number of people who have been denied has increased in the last few years due to the lack of space available,” Assistant Superintendent Jamie Nold said. 

With its new proposed policy, the capacity numbers at each school haven’t changed.  The district just wants them in writing.

“So people ask, ‘Why is this building closed to open enrollment?  Why can’t I get my child in there as a new open enrollee?’  The answer would be because of sheer numbers,” Nold said. 

For instance, at Roosevelt High School the capacity is 2,200.  Washington High School is also at 2,200 and Lincoln High School is at 2,100.  All middle schools have a capacity of 1,100 students per building. 

Both Lincoln and Roosevelt are now closed to open enrollment because they are over capacity already and once the numbers are in writing, the district feels it’ll be easier for parents to understand why they’ve been denied open enrollment. 

“We’ve used this for many years, but to be able to just show that and put it directly into the policies, so people can see that,” Nold said. 

Nold says both Patrick Henry and Memorial Middle Schools are also closed to open enrollment because they are already at capacity as well.

If you’d like to take a closer look at the proposed changes, click here.

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