The Open Enrollment law permits a wide range of educational choices for students enrolled in schools in Iowa. A parent/guardian may request open enrollment to a district other than the district of residence if application deadlines are met and/or a good cause (as defined by law) exists.
Open Enroll to a District
The application is made to a school district, not a specific school in that district. However, the parent or guardian may request a school.
Open enrollment to a specific school in the WDMCS will be based on available space in elementary classrooms and reviewed following registration each year. The maximum class size allowed is 26 in grades K-3 and 28 in grades 4-6.
Students who are eligible to enroll in their district of residence, kindergarten through high school, are eligible for open enrollment. Students who move out of the WDMCS and have completed grade 10 may continue to attend school in this district without applying for open enrollment.
Transportation to and from a point on a regular school bus route of the receiving district is the responsibility of the parent/guardian, unless economic eligibility requirements are met and the receiving district is next to the resident district.
Students who open enroll in grades 9-12 must wait 90 days to participate in interscholastic contests at the varsity level. For questions on eligibility, please contact the Iowa High School Athletic Association at (515) 432-2011.
Learning Resource Center
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265
March 1 - Last day for regular open enrollment requests
September 1 - Last day for open enrollment requests based on change of residence, good cause or student's entering kindergarten.
Area School District & State Contacts
Iowa Department of Education