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Open Enrollment Application Process and Instructions

The initial open enrollment period begins each November prior to the new school year. For initial consideration, a deadline is set each year for open enrollment applications to be submitted. Open enrollment applications will continue to be accepted throughout the year, and will be reviewed as capacity is determined. Parents needing access to a computer with internet access may visit any district school or the front lobby of the Dysart District Office.  A separate application must be submitted for each student for whom open enrollment is being requested, including siblings.

 

Currently Enrolled Dysart students
 

  • If you intend for your student(s) to continue at their current open enrolled school choice – NO ACTION IS REQUIRED at this time.  Your student(s) enrollment will remain at their current school of attendance.
  • If you intend for your student(s) to attend a different school within the Dysart Unified School District, you must complete a new open enrollment application through your Parent Portal account. Parents needing access to a computer with internet access may visit any district school or the front lobby of the Dysart District Office.
  • If you intend for your student(s) to attend the school where you reside (your residential boundary area school), please contact the school directly. To determine the school boundaries where you reside, visit www.dysart.org, select the Parents drop down menu at the top, and under the column titled “Enrollment” select Boundaries. Select the link titled School Boundary Interactive Map. Type in your address (including city), select “Search” and “K-8 Bounds” for elementary or “HS Bounds” for high school.
  • If your student is in High School and participates in sports, all high school students are subject to Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) transfer rules. Questions regarding eligibility of a transfer student to participate in sports should be addressed with the Athletic Director at the high school of attendance.
  • Students in the Dysart Unified School District are expected to demonstrate successful academic, attendance and behavioral standing. These three components are important for all students to be successful throughout the school year. As an open enrolled student, it is important that these standards be adhered to in order to maintain the current open enrollment status.
 

Students NEW TO DYSART (currently not enrolled in a Dysart school)
 

  • Parents with students currently not enrolled in a Dysart school, follow the instructions under New Students to DYSART using the CREATE an Open Enrollment account link
  • An auto generated email will be sent to your email address with a link that needs to be confirmed.
  • Once the new account is confirmed via email link, log in with created log in and password.
  • Follow the instructions to complete the Open Enrollment application.

 


COMPLETING THIS APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE OPEN ENROLLMENT.  

Once capacity for open enrollment is determined, you will be notified via email. Factors considered in determining capacity include, but are not limited to:
  • Physical capacity of the school and classrooms
  • Availability of staff
  • Capacity in relevant special programs
  • Availability of other resources

Open enrollment approval and notification will be done on an annual basis and will be reviewed each new school year.  Students in the Dysart Unified School District are expected to demonstrate successful academic, attendance and behavioral standing. These three components are important for all students to be successful throughout the school year. As an open enrolled student, it is important that these standards be adhered to in order to maintain the current open enrollment status.

Transportation is not provided to students attending Dysart Schools through open enrollment. Open enrolled students may be eligible fordistrict transportation on a regular education bus route within the attendance boundaries of the school to which the student has been accepted for open enrollment transfer. For information regarding transportation for open enrolled students, please visit the Transportation Eligibility page.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is transportation provided?
Open Enrolled students may apply for District transportation on a regular education bus route within the attendance boundaries of the school to which the student has been accepted for open enrollment. For more information regarding transportation for Open Enrolled students, please visit the Transportation Eligibility page on the Dysart website or contact the individual school site. There are no established bus routes for Freedom Traditional Academy, therefore the Transportation Eligibility application is not applicable for this school.
 



How is approval of an Open Enrollment application determined?
Approval of applications first require a determination as to the number of Open Enrollment openings (capacity) available per school. Students who have submitted applications will be ranked by priority status according to District Governing Board Policy, Section 10.12 Open Enrollment. Students on the listing will be notified of their approval to match the predetermined open capacity of the campus; other applications may be placed on a Wait List. Selection is done by priority level, then by lottery within each priority until all seats are filled.
 



What if my child has an IEP?
Open Enrollment is available for students on an IEP. If your child last attended a Dysart school, their records are on file and can be reviewed internally. If your child last attended a school outside of the district, a copy of the IEP must be submitted to the Exceptional Student Services department. Your child's IEP will be reviewed to ensure there is capacity in the programs available at the requested school. IEP's can be dropped off at the District Office or faxed to 623-876-7885.
 


 
What are the timelines?
The initial Open Enrollment period begins in the Fall prior to the school year Open Enrollment is being requested for. The district will notify families of their application status before the new school year begins. If Open Enrollment is approved, and the family chooses to accept the Open Enrollment slot, the parent must submit a complete enrollment packet to the Open Enrolled school no later than 10 business days after notification of status, or forfeit the approved Open Enrollment. For priority consideration, a deadline is set each year for Open Enrollment applications to be submitted. Open Enrollment applications will continue to be accepted throughout the year, and will be reviewed as capacity is determined. If the campus has available capacity, the application may be approved using the priority determinations. Students may be granted Open Enrollment approval sufficient to fill the school's capacity and/or staffing. If capacity and/or staffing is not available, applications received will be put on a waiting list.
 


 
How will I be notified?
Parents will receive notification of their application status before the new school year begins.  Applications may be approved, denied or placed on a waiting list. Notification will be sent via email and/or mail.
 


 
What if I miss the priority deadline for the application?
If the initial designated Open Enrollment deadline is missed, an Open Enrollment application may still be submitted. Once available capacity is determined, applications will be considered based on priority status and parents/guardians will be notified. Once the campus meets or exceeds its capacity and/or staffing, either through Open Enrollment or population growth, the school will be closed to further Open Enrollment for the remainder of the school year. Applicants receiving "Denied/Wait List" notifications will be placed on a wait list or may choose to resubmit Open Enrollment for a different school choice.
 


 
May I apply during the school year?
Open Enrollment applications will continue to be accepted throughout the year, and will be reviewed as capacity and/or staffing is determined. If the campus has available capacity and/or staffing, the application may be approved using the priority determinations.
 


 
Can I Open Enroll my High School student mid school year?
No Open Enrollment applications will be approved for in-district high school students after the second week of school for the first semester or after the first week of school for the second semester. Open Enrollment applications on the High School wait list, as well as new applications for second semester, will be considered for campuses which have not reached capacity and/or staffing. Notifications are sent via email prior to Winter Break.
 



What if my child is currently attending on Open Enrollment, do I need to reapply?
The Open Enrollment status of each open enrolled student within a Dysart school will be reviewed annually. The District will determine whether current Open Enrolled students may continue in an Open Enrolled status based upon capacity and/or staffing of each school site. The District may deny continued open enrollment status for the following school year. At this time, current open enrolled students are not required to reapply for each new school year if choosing to remain at the enrolled school choice. 
 


 
What if I move outside of my original home boundary school, but want my student to remain on Open Enrollment status?
Once you move outside the boundaries of your original home boundary school, you must notify your student's school immediately and provide proof of residency for your new address. In order for your student to remain at their current school for the following school year, parent/guardian must submit an Open Enrollment application for the upcoming school year, and be approved for Open Enrollment status. If the Open Enrollment is approved, parent/guardian is to notify the current school within 10 business days in order for the student to remain enrolled for the next school year on Open Enrollment status. If capacity and/or staffing is not available for Open Enrollment, the student will be transferred to their residential boundary school for the new school year. 
 



What if I live in an unincorporated or unorganized territory?
An unincorporated area or unorganized territory is an area of the county that is not part of a school district.  Unincorporated or unorganized territory students are accepted at designated district schools based on the proximity to the unorganized/unincorporated area and/or the capacity level of the school. There is no need to submit an Open Enrollment application if you reside in an unorganized or unincorporated area and choose to attend the designated schools listed below. Currently the district accepts students from the unorganized/unincorporated area north of Jomax and east of 163rd Avenue. The designated schools are as follows:
 

  • The area North of Jomax and east of 163rd Avenue  Asante Preparatory Academy (K-8) and Willow Canyon High School (9-12)
     

 

What if I live in an unincorporated or unorganized territory and I want to attend a school other than the designated schools?
An Open Enrollment application must be completed if you want to attend a school that is not a designated unorganized or unincorporated school.
 


 
What if I live in the Nadaburg School District where there is no High School?
Dysart Unified School District and Nadaburg School District have implemented an agreement for high school students to be able to attend Willow Canyon High School. Nadaburg high school students need not complete an Open Enrollment application to attend Willow Canyon High School. Elementary students from Nadaburg must complete an Open Enrollment application.
 



What if my child attends a school outside my residential attendance boundary by provision of the Federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)?
If your child attends a school under the NCLB Act of 2001, the student will be allowed to remain in that school until he or she has completed the highest grade in the school. 
 


 
What if I have a child in the first grade and one in the third grade and the application is approved for the first grader and wait listed for the third grader?
It is not uncommon for some grade levels to be at capacity and unable to accept open enrollment applications and other grade levels to have capacity for Open Enrolled students at the same school. The district cannot accommodate a sibling if the grade level is at or exceeds capacity when another sibling has been approved at another grade level. The family must make a decision if they want to have students enrolled at different schools, or decline the Open Enrollment seat in order to keep families together at one school.