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.
Depending on the state, open-enrollment policies are mandatory, voluntary, or both.
View the full open enrollment database here.
|Open Enrollment Survey 2018|
|Does the state have open enrollment programs?||Yes, mandatory intradistrict and voluntary interdistrict.|
Intradistrict: School districts must have a policy allowing intradistrict transfer options.
Interdistrict: Districts are "strongly encouraged" to allow parents to transfer students to another district when requested. Districts must consider all applications equally and create standards for acceptance or rejection. A sending district must allow an interdistrict transfer if the receiving district agrees and under certain circumstances, such as accessibility to a parent's workplace or child care location, a hardship, or to enroll in an online course or school. Receiving districts may deny a transfer if it would create a financial hardship for the district.
Citations: Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.225.220 through § 28A.225.300
|Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs?||A sending district may deny an interdistrict transfer request if the transfer would adversely affect the sending district's existing desegregation plan.|
Citations: Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.225.220
|Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment?||No. However, districts must accept children of full-time teaching staff and may refuse to enroll a student who has been expelled or suspended for more than ten consecutive days or has a history of violent or disruptive behavior.|
Citations: Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.225.225, § 28A.225.270
|Who is responsible for student transportation?||Not addressed.|