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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is the process by which a parent or guardian residing in an Iowa district may enroll their child(ren) into another Iowa school district under the terms and conditions of Iowa Code 282.18 and Iowa Administrative Code 281-17.

The deadline for students entering Grades 1 – 12 is March 1st. The deadline for students entering kindergarten is September 1st. The deadline for incoming preschool students who receive special education services requiring specially designed instruction (SDI) is September 1st.

Open enrollments are generally not allowed after the deadline unless there is good cause (described on the open enrollment application).  Contact the Superintendent’s Office for more information.

Regarding Attendance Center Choice (Elementary School):  Please complete “Attendance Center “ under question 8 on the Open Enrollment Application for elementary school age students.  Please note:  the request does not guarantee placement.

Open Enrollment Forms
2021-22 Open Enrollment Application
2022-23 Open Enrollment Application

Additional Guidelines & Information:

  • Parents/Guardians must submit an application for each child.
  • The application should be sent to both the resident district and receiving (school you are open enrolling to) district on or before the established deadline to be considered for approval.
    • MAIL: Muscatine Community School District, 2900 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine, Iowa 52761
    • FAX: 563-263-7729 Attn: Daphne Donald
    • EMAIL:  daphne.donald@mcsdonline.org 
    • For additional addresses or fax numbers for school districts, please visit the districts’ websites.
  • Open Enrollment does not need to be renewed annually. If the receiving district remains the same, open enrollment to that district continues until the student graduates, drops out of school, or until the parent or guardian notifies the district that they desire to terminate open enrollment (Iowa Admin. Code r. 281—17.8(5)).

For the latest handbook and other information regarding open enrollment, go to the Iowa Department of Education’s website.

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