Open Enrollment Policies: State Profile

Open Enrollment Policies: State Profile - Mississippi

Last updated: October 2018

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 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.  

Open Enrollment Survey 2018
Does the state have open enrollment programs? Yes, voluntary interdistrict if both districts consent; mandatory interdistrict for students residing more than 30 miles away from their assigned school. The school boards of sending and receiving districts must enter into an agreement.

Citations: Miss. Code Ann. § 37-15-31

Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs? Not addressed
Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment? No. However, school districts must enroll any nonresident children of any instructional or licensed school district employee upon the employee's request.

Citations: Miss. Code Ann. § 37-15-31

Who is responsible for student transportation? Transfer agreements between school districts must include a provision providing for transportation. In the absence of a provision, parents are responsible for transportation.

Citations: Miss. Code Ann. § 37-15-31

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