Open Enrollment Information
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, the District Office and online.
The District shall determine if non-resident students and resident transfer students will be admitted in accordance with the following criteria:
Failure to disclose the above information on the Open Enrollment application will result in revocation of the student's acceptance for open enrollment.
Children must turn (5) years of age by August 31 to initially enroll in the District's regular kindergarten program. Families with children who are being tested for early entrance into kindergarten may submit an Open Enrollment Application and then may enroll contingent upon successful early entrance testing. (To be considered for Early Entry Testing, the child's birthday must be between September 1 and December 31.)
In accordance with A.R.S. 15-816 and Policy JFB, the District will give enrollment priority to applicants in the following order, as long as their enrollment can be accomplished in accordance with the District's admission criteria:
The student's parent/guardian completes the Open Enrollment application and submits it to the school in which the student seeks to enroll or to the District administrative offices. Multiple applications are not accepted. Applications will not be accepted by fax or e-mail. The following criteria applies:
The District will determine whether the student's admission would be in conformity with its admission criteria. Applications may be denied due to school, grade level, or to special program enrollment limitations. The parent/guardian will be notified in writing whether the application has been accepted, denied or placed on a waiting list.
The District does not transport Open Enrollment students except as set forth in A.R.S. 15-816.
If your child is approved for an Open Enrollment for this program and decide not to continue with the Mandarin Dual Enrollment track, you will need to reapply to continue at Tarwater in the general education track. Approval of the Open Enrollment will be based on capacity of the grade level requesting.
Once students are accepted and attending the school of choice, they must comply with school rules. Excessive absences, tardiness or negligence by the parent/guardian in sending the student to school may result in the student's open enrollment being revoked. Failure to comply with school rules is a breach of agreement and a cause for open enrollment revocation. Before revocation for breach of agreement, the principal or designee conducts an informal hearing with the student, parent/guardian and other appropriate persons. The principal explains the alleged conduct that violates the rules or regulations. Those rules and regulations may include standards of academic effort, conduct and attendance. Students are given an opportunity to respond. After the hearing the principal decides if revocation of open enrollment status is appropriate.
Eligibility for athletics and certain extracurricular activities may be affected when students transfer from one school to another. A student considering transfer is advised to discuss his/her situation with the Athletic Director at the site of current enrollment.