Open Enrollment Procedures

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Open Enrollment is the process by which a parent or guardian residing in an Iowa district may enroll their child(ren) into another Iowa school district under the terms and conditions of Iowa Code 282.18 and Iowa Administrative Code 281-17.

Parents may request a specific attendance center (school), but the building assignment is at the discretion of the receiving district. Parents should be aware that the receiving district may have certain activity eligibility restrictions for open enrolled students. 

Parents are responsible for transporting children that are open enrolled to another district. Parents/guardians of open enrolled students, whose income falls below 160% of the federal poverty guidelines, are eligible for transportation assistance. 

To open enroll your child(ren) in the Sioux City Community School District, please complete and send the Iowa Open Enrollment Application to the Associate Superintendent Administrative Assistant.


Sioux City Community School District
Attn: Lynn Foster
627 4th St.
Sioux City, Iowa 51101

Open Enrollment Deadlines

Parents or guardians wishing to enroll in a district other than the district they reside in must make a formal application between July 1 and March 1 the year prior to enrollment. If a student meets the definition of good cause because of a change in residence or is entering kindergarten, then applications can be submitted for review until September 1. 

  • Sept. 1, 2022: Application deadline for incoming kindergarten students to open enroll for the upcoming school year (2022-23).
  • March 1, 2022: Application deadline for students in grades 1-12 to open enroll for the upcoming school year (2022-23).

If you have questions regarding the open enrollment program, please call 712-279-6083.