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Open Enrollment


Open Enrollment is the process by which a parent or guardian residing in an Iowa district may enroll their child(ren) into another Iowa school district under the terms and conditions of Iowa Code 282.18 and Iowa Administrative Code 281-17

Deadline for Filing Open Enrollment Application
March 1 Grades 1-12 of current school year for following school year.
September 1 of new school year for Kindergarten.

Transport Student to Receiving District
Parents are responsible for transporting children that are open enrolled to another district. This applies to all students including those with an IEP. If the need for transportation as a related service is stated in the IEP, as a general rule the parent is responsible for this obligation under open enrollment. If a child open enrolls to a district that is contiguous (borders) to the home district, and the parents’ income meets economic eligibility requirements, the family may receive a stipend for transportation or be provided transportation by the district.

Athletic Eligibility
Students that open enroll in grades 9 through 12, shall not be eligible to participate in varsity contests and competitions during the first 90 school days of transfer. 281-IAC 17.8(2) Please contact the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union at (515) 288-9741 or the Iowa High School Athletic Association at (515) 432-2011 for questions regarding eligibility.

2024-25 School Year

The deadline for filing an open enrollment application for the 2024-2025 school year is March 1, 2022. The deadline is September 1, 2024 for children who will be entering school for the first time as a kindergarten student. 

For the actual application form, print from the following link:

2024-25 and 25-26 Open Enrollment Application

2024-25 Open Enrollment Handbook


For additional information, please visit the Department of Education Open Enrollment page at:

Iowa Department of Education/Open Enrollment


District Contact 

Janet Nicklaus