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Open Enrollment / School Choice

School Choice Icon"The Board subscribes to the philosophy of educational choice and enrollment options for Jordan District students within the limits of classroom space and staff availability.  The Board recognizes that providing options for children and families optimizes student learning.  Therefore, the Board delegates to the Administration, responsibility for developing policy for management of a school choice program." (JSD Policy AS93)

Those who wish to attend a school other than their resident boundary school may file a request for a School Choice Permit online at the school they desire to attend.  Permit applications may be submitted during three windows:

  • December (early enrollment) - Permit requests will be considered by category, priority and/or a lottery.
  • January 1st to the 3rd Friday in February - Permits requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • After the 3rd Friday in February - Permit requests will be considered based on staffing ratios.
  • To view the school permit procedures, categories and priorities for the school year 2020-21, CLICK HERE.

Once a permit is granted, there is no need to "re-apply" each year.  A permit remains in force until a student graduates (or moves to the next level, i.e. graduates from elementary to middle), the student is no longer a Utah resident, the student is expelled or suspended, or the District determines that enrollment has exceeded the allowed threshold for the school (at which time those affected would be notified.)

Apply for a School Choice Permit for School Year 2020-21:

Administrative Policy

The Administration shall administer the open enrollment program according to the following administrative policy provisions and in accordance with Utah Code § 53G-6-402 and 403 (2018):

  • Open Enrollment/Permit Process
    1. Students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school may file a request for an open enrollment transfer (permit) at the school they desire to attend.  Applications are submitted online through the District website.
    2. Permit requests will be approved subject to the conditions as outlined in the document "Permits 2020-21". This document shall be reviewed annually by the Board of Education.
  • Accepting Permit Students
    The school administrator of the requested school shall accept the transferring student subject to the conditions set forth in the document "Permits 2020-21" and subject to the following:

    1. Space, staff, and programs are available to accommodate the student.
    2. The District shall not be required to provide any program that it has not previously provided to its own students. If the District does not offer a program that the student requires, that fact shall be considered in reviewing the student's application.
    3. The student has not committed serious infractions of the law or school rules, including rules of the requested school/District.
    4. The student has not been guilty of chronic misbehavior that 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.
    5. 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.
    6. Standards may not include previous academic performance (i.e. test scores, grades), athletic or other extracurricular ability.
  • Permits for Students with Disabilities

    The student may be considered for enrollment if all of the following criteria are met:

    1. The student can be served on the current staffing pattern in Special Education without the addition of staff or services.
    2. Adding the student does not exceed the school’s existing caseload capacity.
    3. Space is available at the school and in the student’s grade level.
  • Duration of Permit
    1. Students who are granted transfer requests (permits) shall be permitted to remain enrolled in a school subject to compliance with the same rules and standards as resident students, without renewed applications in subsequent years unless one of the following occurs:
      1. The student graduates,
      2. The student is no longer a Utah resident,
      3. The student is suspended or expelled from school,
      4. Or, the District determines that enrollment within the school will exceed the school’s open enrollment threshold.
    2. Students granted transfer requests are obligated to remain at the requested school for at least one school year.
  • Transportation
    The parent(s)/guardian(s) shall arrange for the student’s transportation to and from school.
  • Appeals

    The parents(s)/legal guardian(s) shall be notified of the right to appeal the decision of the school administrator to the Board of Education.

  • Related Documents
  • Enrollments for School Choice