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Open Enrollment Information

Introduction

Open Enrollment enables Arizona students to attend public schools outside their attendance area. In accordance with state law, the District has established an open enrollment policy and implemented an open enrollment program without charging tuition for non-resident students and resident transfer students. Open enrollment packets are available at all schools and at the District Office.

Student Definitions

  • Non-resident student is a student who resides outside of the District"s boundaries but who seeks to enroll in the District.
  • Resident transfer student is a student who resides in the District but who seeks to enroll in a school outside of the student"s attendance area.

Admission Criteria

The District shall determine if non-resident students and resident transfer students will be admitted in accordance with the following criteria:

  • The school in which the student seeks to enroll has the capacity to serve the student without adversely impacting educational opportunities for resident students attending their resident school. Factors to be considered in making this determination include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Physical capacity of the school building and classrooms. Excess capacity for open enrollment is estimated on or before April 15. If no excess capacity exists then applications will be denied. If excess capacity is anticipated, the applications will be reviewed.
    • Availability of staff members to service students at each site.
    • Capacity in relevant special programs.
    • Availability of other resources.
     
  • The student"s prior status in the educational and juvenile court system, including:
    • Whether the student has been suspended by another school or is in the process of being suspended or expelled by any other school.
    • Whether the student is in compliance with any conditions imposed by a juvenile court.

Failure to disclose the above information on the Open Enrollment application will result in revocation of the student"s acceptance for open enrollment.

  • The student"s admission does not violate the provisions of a court order or agreement of desegregation in the student"s resident district.
  • Acceptance is on a year-by-year basis and subject to re-application and review each year.
 

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