Open Enrollment

South Winneshiek Shines With Achievements and Opportunities

South Winneshiek is one of Northeast Iowa's high performing schools. The vision of the South Winneshiek Community School District, with shared responsibility of home and community, is to provide the best environment to develop skills needed to be responsible, life-long learners within the school and community. 50% of the teachers at South Winneshiek High School have earned their master’s degree. 35% of the entire South Winneshiek’s certified staff have earned master’s degrees. 100% of the 2015 Senior Class earned college credit. The students earned an average of 19.3 college credits. Individual students earned from 3 to 40 credits, which was a cost savings to their families and taxpayers of $501,084 over their four-year high school career.

South Winneshiek has Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways in agriculture, business, construction, health and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). These pathways prepare students for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) postsecondary education programs and careers. As we approach the month of March, it is a good time to remind parents about an option they have for where their child may attend school. Open enrollment is the process by which parents/guardians residing in an Iowa school district may enroll their children into another Iowa school district under the terms and conditions of Iowa law. The deadline for students entering kindergarten is September 1st.

House File (HF) 2589 eliminates the March 1 deadline for open enrollment. This change allows parents/guardians to apply for open enrollment at any time without the need for good cause. The receiving district may deny an open enrollment request if one of the following applies:

  • The application violates the district’s insufficient classroom space policy,
  • The district does not have the appropriate special education program,
  • The application would adversely affect the district’s implementation of a court-ordered desegregation plan, or
  • The student has been expelled or suspended.

If a parent/guardian moves and wishes for their student to continue at the original resident district under open enrollment (often known as the “continuation rule”), requests cannot be denied due to insufficient classroom space policies.

At South Winneshiek CSD, we believe in small rural schools! We have, and will continue to have, a school district where students thrive, not just survive! Check out the South Winneshiek Community School District; one of Iowa’s finest schools.