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Open Enrollment


Open Enrollment is the process by which 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.

The deadline for students entering Grades 1-12 is March 1st. The deadline for students entering kindergarten is September 1st.

2016-2017 Open Enrollment

2016-2017 Open Enrollment Application

2016-2017 Open Enrollment Application Directions

2017-2018 Open Enrollment

2017-2018 Open Enrollment Application

2017-2018 Open Enrollment Application Directions

Current Handbook

2016-2017 Open enrollment handbook

Open Enrollment Tuition

The amount of open enrollment tuition for the 2015-2016 school year for a regular education student is $6,366, which is the state cost per pupil from the previous fiscal year. For the 2016-2017 school year it will be $6,446. The tuition bill for open-enrolled-in students should also include the following supplemental funds if applicable:

  • Teacher Leadership, if both districts are receiving an allocation for having an approved TLC plan
  • Non-English speaking supplementary weighting
  • Eligible concurrent enrollment and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses.

For a student served pursuant to an IEP, open enrollment tuition is calculated on actual costs of special education rather than the prior year's state cost per pupil amount.

Open enrollment tuition is billed and paid on a quarterly basis. Under special circumstances that terminate or suspend open enrollment status, it is necessary to prorate tuition in a quarter on a per diem basis.

More information regarding Tuition & Fees.


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on August 26, 2016 at 8:38pm.