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Open Enrollment

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Thank you for your interest in the North Polk Community School District! We have restricted open enrollment spots due to capacity constraints and to maintain manageable class sizes. Please see the available openings for each grade level for the 2024-2025 school year. Please be aware that we do not offer transportation for out-of-district addresses.

Please call for possible openings for the 2024-25 School Year.  515-984-3400 extension 2012

Starting on February 1st, 2024:
Open Enrollment Applications for the 2024-25 school year can be accessed by clicking the button below. After February 1st, please submit the forms to our district registrar. You have the option to email, mail, or drop off your application. For email submissions, send the completed forms to lynette.foster@northpolk.org.

Open Enrollment Application

Open Enrollment Guidelines:
As per Iowa Code 282.18 and Iowa Administrative Code 281-17, open enrollment is the procedure that grants parents or guardians residing in an Iowa school district the choice to enroll their children in another Iowa school district.

House File (HF) 2589 has abolished the previous March 1st deadline for open enrollment, enabling parents and guardians to apply for open enrollment without needing to provide a specific reason at any time. However, the receiving district may deny an open enrollment request under the following circumstances:

  • If the application conflicts with the district's policy on insufficient classroom space.
  • If the district lacks an appropriate special education program.
  • If the application would negatively impact the district's adherence to a court-ordered desegregation plan.
  • If the student has faced expulsion or suspension.

For the 2024-2025 academic year, the following enrollment guidelines will be observed with maximum class sizes:

  • Kindergarten: 140 students (7 sections with 20 students per class).
  • 1st Grade: 168 students (8 sections with 21 students per class).
  • 2nd Grade: 154 students (7 sections with 22 students per class).
  • 3rd Grade: 176 students (8 sections with 22 students per class).
  • 4th Grade: 176 students (8 sections with 22 students per class).
  • 5th Grade: 176 students (8 sections with 22 students per class).
  • 6th Grade: 144 students (6 sections with 24 students per class).
  • 7th Grade: 168 students. (7 sections at 24 per class).
  • 8th Grade: 168 students. (7 sections at 24 per class).
  • 9th Grade: 165 students.
  • 10th Grade: 165 students.
  • 11th Grade: 165 students.
  • 12th Grade: 165 students.

Priority for Open Enrollment:

  1. Contracted regular employees of the North Polk CSD are automatically approved.
  2. Enrollment is accepted for members of the nuclear family who have already enrolled; however, there is no guarantee that siblings will be approved.
  3. Students with the intent of permanent residence in the North Polk Community School District by November 1st of the 2023-2024 school year may qualify for priority open enrollment, provided that adequate documentation accompanies the request. The school district still has the discretion to accept or deny this "intent" of permanent residence, and granting this request does not guarantee priority for the nuclear family in the future.
  4. Remaining open slots will be processed in the order of receipt after the openings are announced. An announcement of these openings will be posted on the district website on February 27th, 2024.

Special Education:
Open enrollment requests from parents of special education students into the school district will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Approval of such requests will depend on whether the school district's special education program is suitable for the student's needs and whether enrollment would exceed the maximum allowable class size.

Home School Assistance Limitation:
The home school assistance program teacher may not serve on behalf of more than 10 families or 20 children of compulsory attendance age in an academic year.

Foster

Lynette Foster
District Registrar
North Polk CSD
515-984-3400 x 2012
lynette.foster@northpolk.org