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Open Enrollment

At the December 10, 2018 school board meeting, the Carlisle School Board approved closing open enrollment for sixth grade for the 2019-2020 school year because of class size.  All other grades will remain available for open enrollment.  The deadline for filing open enrollment applications for the 2019-2020 school year for grades 1-12 is March 1, 2019.  The deadline for kindergarten open enrollment is September 1, 2019.  

Iowa’s open enrollment law allows students residing in one school district to request transfer to another school district upon the parent’s request. This request is made by completing an Open Enrollment Application (download, print and complete).  The application and directions on how to apply are listed below.


The deadline for filing the completed form with the resident and receiving district for grades 1-12 is March 1 of the year preceding the school year for which open enrollment is desired. The deadline for filing the completed form with the resident and receiving district for kindergarten is September 1 of the school year of enrollment into kindergarten.

Parents are responsible for transporting children who are open-enrolled to another district. Open-enrolled students from low-income families may qualify for transportation assistance. The parent/guardian should file for assistance with the resident district.

Students who open-enroll in grades 9 through 12, shall not be eligible to participate in varsity contests and competitions during the first 90 school days after their transfer unless the district of residence determines that the student was previously subject to a founded incident of harassment or bullying as defined in section 280.28 while attending school in the district of residence..

If an application is denied based on repeated acts of harassment or a serious health condition, the parent/guardian may appeal to the State Board of Education. If an application is denied, an appeal may be filed through an Iowa District court. The appeal process is outlined in the Open Enrollment Handbook 2018-2019 (current handbook for 2019-2020) below.

For more information please click here to access the Iowa Dept of Education’s page

If you have any questions, please contact the Carlisle School District Office.