The Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District serves about 7,000 people living in and around the towns of Vinton, Garrison, and Shellsburg. Centered 30 miles northwest of Cedar Rapids and southeast of Waterloo, VSCSD offers elementary schools in both the Vinton and Shellsburg communities with separate buildings for the middle and high schools in Vinton.

We offer a wide variety of coursework and extracurricular activities to allow students to challenge themselves and find their passion. These efforts result in a well-rounded, organized program of studies emphasizing the mastery of basic skills. No matter what you choose to study or participate in, you’re always a Viking when you are at VSCSD! You’ll be surrounded by school spirit and a dedicated, close-knit community cheering you on towards success. Our district is committed to academic excellence, and everyone on our staff is a committed difference-maker.



Parents/guardians residing in an Iowa district may enroll their children into another Iowa school district under the terms and conditions of Iowa Code section 282.18 and 281–Iowa Administrative Code 17.

For more information about Open Enrollment in the State of Iowa, please visit the Department of Education website.

Iowa Open Enrollment Application 508 PDF Format  2023-24 Iowa Open Enrollment Application

Iowa Open Enrollment Application 508 PDF Format  2024-25 Iowa Open Enrollment Application

Iowa Open Enrollment Application 508 Fillable Format  Iowa Open Enrollment Handbook


Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District’s mission is to be positive difference-makers! We want all our students to be empowered to reach their highest academic and personal potential. The educational program at all levels is grounded in the basics and has been carefully developed to meet the diverse needs and abilities of our students. We strive to achieve academic excellence every day, challenging not only our students to learn at high levels, but also our staff members as well. The Vinton-Shellsburg school district is the right size (approximately 1675 students). It is large enough to provide a full curriculum, yet small enough to offer personal touches. Our pupil-to-teacher ratio is a very favorable 12.8:1. We are continuously working to create new teaching methods, improve technology, and find new ways for our students to learn. Our 1:1 computer initiative means we have laptop computers for every student Kindergarten through 12th grade with our high school students (Grades 9-12) having personal access to those laptops 24/7.


VSCSD offers 14 competitive sports throughout the seasons, including a unique swimming program that includes both boys and girls teams. Our coaches do an excellent job of developing our student-athletes who compete within the WaMaC Conference. Being a Viking athlete builds teamwork and communication skills that shape future leaders on and off the court.


In Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District, we offer 14 broad extra-curricular clubs and organizations for students to join. Our diverse range of choices gives students endless possibilities for growth. Opportunities include special programs to meet individual developmental needs such as preschool, extended learning, special education, special reading, and work experience programs along with a K-12 Expanded Learning Program.



Due to the weather, Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District will have a two-hour late start today (Monday, March 7).

Please Note: Breakfast is not available on late start days.

(And a reminder of a previous schedule change — We will have an Early Out and PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES  TOMORROW, MARCH 8.)