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Variance/Open Enrollment Process

Please note the Variance and Open Enrollment process was changed before the 2013-14 school year to better address the needs of all students.  The following information explains the new procedure. 

All students enroll through options 1, 2 or 3 below:

Option 1:     No additional applications beyond registration are required for students who live inside the elementary school attendance boundary.

Option 2:     Students desiring to enroll in an elementary school outside of their attendance area will need to complete a variance application for the school they desire to attend at the enrollment center. Applicants for magnet programs may need to complete additional information to meet entrance requirements and should contact the magnet program to initiate the enrollment process.

Option 3:     Students desiring to enroll in an elementary school in ISD 191 who live outside of the district will need to complete an Open Enrollment application for the school they desire to attend at the enrollment center. Applicants for magnet programs may need to complete additional information to meet entrance requirements and should contact the magnet program to initiate the enrollment process.

Students currently attending a school regardless of the option in which they enrolled do not need to re-enroll.

If there is capacity at a grade level within a school, a lottery will occur to determine admission for new students enrolling through Options 2 - 3.

Current residents of ISD 191 will have priority in the selection process via Variance request:

    A. If there are more applicants than space available, a lottery will occur on the 5th of the month to determine entrance.  Applicants with siblings in the requested building will get preference. 
          a. If space is available in the building, the selected family's first choice will be granted.
          b. If space is not available, the selected family informed of other school(s) that have available space.

    B. If the applicant declines the offer for entrance they may;
          a. Be placed back in the pool for a later lottery if space becomes available;
          b. Or, withdraw their variance application and apply at a later date.

    C. Lotteries for Magnet Programs will occur once all required application materials are accepted for eligibility. Not every Magnet Program requires additional eligibility components.

If space is still available within a building after the Variance lottery the selection process for Open Enrollments will be followed:

    A. If there are more applicants than space available, a lottery will occur on the 20th of the month to determine entrance.  Applicants with siblings in the requested building will get preference. 
          a. If space is available in the building, the selected family's first choice will be granted.
          b. If space is not available in first school and applicant designated a second and/or third choice, the following procedure will be followed:
          c. If space is available in the next building desired, the selected applicant's second choice will be granted.
          d. If space is not available in the second building and space is available in the next building desired, the selected applicant's third choice will be granted.

    B. If there is no space in any schools of choice or the applicant declines the offers they may;
         a. Be placed back in the pool for a later lottery if space becomes available;
         b. Or, withdraw their open enrollment application and apply at a later date.

    C. Lotteries for Magnet Programs will occur once all required application materials are accepted for eligibility. Not every Magnet Program requires additional eligibility components.