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Open Enrollment / School Choice

  • (From District Policy AS93)
    Jordan District’s Open Enrollment/School Choice program allows families to choose which schools their students will attend. Students should adhere to the following guidelines:
  • School Choice IconOpen Enrollment Applications are available at the schools.
  • Applications are submitted at the requested school.
  • Applications are considered in the order they are received.
  • Students who are granted transfer requests are obligated to remain at the requested school through the end of the requested school year.
  • Parents are responsible for the student’s transportation to and from the requested school.
  • The school administrator of the requested school shall accept the transferring student subject to the following:
    • Space, staff and programs are available to accommodate the student.
    • The student has not committed serious infractions of the law or school rules, including rules of the requested school/district.
    • The student has not been guilty of chronic misbehavior which would, if it were to continue after the student was admitted, endanger persons or property, cause serious disruptions in the school, or place unreasonable burdens on school staff.
    • The school administrator may allow provisional enrollment of a nonresident student with prior behavior problems when conditions have been set under which the student would be permitted to enroll or continue.
  • Early Enrollment Period Transfer Applications are submitted between December 1 and the third Friday in February in order to transfer the following year.
    • The principal will issue as many Early Enrollment Period school choice permits as building space, staff and programs permit.
  • Late Enrollment Period Transfer Applications are submitted before December 1 or after the third Friday in February and specify for which school year you are applying.
    • The principal will issue as many Late Enrollment Period school choice permits as classroom space, staff and programs permit.
  • The school administrator shall notify the student’s parents of acceptance or rejection as follows:
    • Early Enrollment Period – within six weeks of receipt of the application, or by March 31, whichever is later.
    • Late Enrollment Period for the next school year – within two weeks of receipt of the application, or by the Friday before the new school year begins, whichever is later.
    • Late Enrollment Period for the current school year – within two weeks of receipt of the application.
    • Notification may be delayed due to circumstances affecting the board’s ability to determine the enrollment capacity of a school.
  • Students who are granted school choice transfer requests shall be permitted to remain enrolled in a school subject to the same rules and standards as resident students, without renewed applications in subsequent years unless one of the following occurs:
    • The student graduates;
    • The student is no longer a Utah resident;
    • The student is suspended or expelled from school;
    • The district determines that enrollment within the school will exceed the school’s open enrollment threshold.
  • School Choice Transfer requests are granted on an individual basis; an enrollment guarantee for siblings is not implied.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • What procedures must be followed in order to receive a School Choice Transfer to attend a public school outside of the custodial parent’s or legal guardian’s local school/district boundary area?
    • Jordan District Students Attending Jordan District School other than their boundary school - When a student lives in Jordan District and wants to attend a school other than their boundary school, they need to do so according to open enrollment/school choice guidelines. The parent/legal guardian will need to contact the requested school to make sure they are accepting students. If the requested school agrees to accept the student on school choice/open enrollment, the parent/guardian needs to submit the Open Enrollment Application at the requested school. Once accepted, the application does not need to be renewed in subsequent years.
    • Out of District Students (whose legal residence is Utah) Applying to Attend Jordan District - When a student’s custodial parent or legal guardian lives outside of Jordan District and desires their student to attend a Jordan District school, they will need to contact the requested school to make sure they are accepting students. If the requested school agrees to accept the student on school choice/open enrollment, the parent/guardian needs to submit the Open Enrollment Application at the requested school. Once accepted, the application does not need to be renewed in subsequent years.
    • Jordan District Students Applying to Attend Schools Outside of Jordan District - When a parent/guardian desires their student to attend a public school outside of the Jordan School District, they will need to contact the requested school to make sure they are accepting students. If the requested school agrees to accept the student on school choice/open enrollment, the parent/guardian needs to submit the Open Enrollment Application at the requested school. Once accepted, the application does not need to be renewed in subsequent years.

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