Open enrollment policies allow a student to transfer to a public school of his or her choice. There are two basic types of open enrollment policies.
Depending on the state, open-enrollment policies are mandatory, voluntary, or both.
View the full open enrollment database here.
|Open Enrollment Survey 2018|
|Does the state have open enrollment programs?||Yes, mandatory intradistrict and interdistrict. Local school boards must create standards for accepting and rejecting applications, which may only address the capacity of a program, class, grade level or school building. Local school boards accept applications and must grant transfer requests unless the transfer would violate the receiving district's standards or unless the receiving district cannot meet the student's special education services. Intradistrict transfer applications may be accepted and acted upon by local school boards at any time.|
Citations: S.D. Code Ann. § 13-28-21, § 13-28-22; § 13-28-40 through § 13-28-48
|Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs?||Not addressed.|
|Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment?||Yes. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received, but applications for siblings of currently enrolled students have priority.|
Citations: S.D. Code Ann. § 13-28-43, § 13-28-44
|Who is responsible for student transportation?||Parents are responsible for transportation, and sending or receiving districts are not required to provide transportation. However, the receiving district may enter into an agreement to provide transportation within the boundaries of a sending district at an approved pick-up location. Receiving districts may charge a reasonable fee.|
Citations: S.D. Code Ann. § 13-28-41.1, § 13-28-45