Open Enrollment Policies: State Profile

Open Enrollment Policies: State Profile - Connecticut

Last updated: October 2017

Open-enrollment policies allow a student to transfer to a public school of his or her choice. There are two basic types of open-enrollment policies.

  • Intradistrict: students transfer to another school within their resident school district.
  • Interdistrict: students transfer a school outside of their resident district.

Depending on the state, open-enrollment policies are mandatory, voluntary, or both. 

  • Mandatory policies require districts to participate in the program.
  • Voluntary policies allow districts to choose whether to participate in open enrollment, often allowing school districts the discretion to enter into transfer agreements with other districts.
  • States with both mandatory and voluntary policies usually require mandatory open enrollment in low-performing schools or districts, in defined regions of the state or in other specific circumstances while allowing voluntary open enrollment in the rest of the state.

View the full open enrollment database here.  Please contact Micah Ann Wixom (303.299.3673 or mwixom@ecs.org) with questions or comments.


Open Enrollment Survey 2017
Does the state have open enrollment programs? Yes, voluntary intradistrict and voluntary and mandatory interdistrict. Interdistrict programs are required in four cities and optional in priority school districts.

Citations: Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-221e, § 10-226h, § 10-266aa

Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs? School districts may cooperate with other school districts to correct racial imbalances. Additionally, the purpose of the state's mandatory interdistrict open enrollment policy is to reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation or preserve racial and ethnic balance.

Citations: Conn Gen. Stat. Ann § 10-226c, § 10-226h

Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment? Yes, for mandatory interdistrict. In districts with limited space, districts first give preference to siblings and to students who would otherwise attend a low-performing school or a school that has lost its accreditation and then use a lottery designed to preserve or increase racial, ethnic and economic diversity.

Citations: Conn Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-266aa

Who is responsible for student transportation? Voluntary: Local boards of education may, but are not required to, provide transportation.

Mandatory: The department of education sets reasonable transportation limits and provides grants to regional educational service centers or boards of education for reasonable transportation costs, within certain limits. Regional educational service centers must provide reasonable transportation services for high school students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities.

Citations: Conn Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-221e, § 10-266aa


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