Enrollment

Student Writing with Yellow Pencil at Desk

Forms for Enrollment

Residency Requirements 
Enrollment in Shawnee Mission schools is limited to students whose parent(s) lives in the district. Property ownership does not establish residency; more detailed definitions of residency are provided in the student section of the board of education policy manual (Student Admissions/Withdrawls Policy, JBC​). Additional explanation of the policy can be provided by building principals.

In the instance that a child and/or family is living with a resident of the district, but they aren’t the homeowner or resident, or in the case of homeless students living in a transitional situation, a hearing will be necessary for that student to seek residency status. Paperwork must be filled out and notarized in advance of the hearing. Packets can be downloaded at these links:

There will be several sessions scheduled for walk-in residency hearings. Please check back for additional times.

July 25 through 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Broadmoor Technical Center
6701 W. 83rd Street
Shawnee Mission, KS  66204
 

If your schedule requires an appointment after 4 p.m., please call the Residency Office at 913-993-7986. For questions, please contact the school you are planning to attend. They will be most able to assist you.

Tuition and Transfer Students
Students living in Kansas, but not within the district's boundaries, may attend Shawnee Mission schools – when space is available – by paying tuition. Tuition is based on the district's per-pupil expenditure, which varies each year. If you are moving in or out of the district, be sure to check with the building principal in your area regarding your residency status. The general policy of the school district requires a student to attend the school designated for the attendance area in which he or she lives. However, under certain circumstances a student may be allowed to transfer to a school in a different attendance area. Transfers are considered on a case-by-case basis and are subject to space availability from year to year. The district does not supply transportation for transfer students. Review the board policy.
(Student Admissions/Withdrawls Policy, JBC​)

Additional information and details regarding the transfer request process can be found:

Age Requirements
Out-of-state resident: Any child who was a resident of another state, who had reached the age of eligibility to enter kindergarten in that state, and who attended kindergarten in that state is eligible to attend kindergarten in Kansas, regardless of his or her age. Any child who was a resident of another state and has completed a kindergarten course maintained by a public school district or an accredited private, denominational, or parochial school will be eligible to enter first grade, regardless of his or her age. 

Kansas resident: Any child who resides in the district and who will reach the age of 5 on or before August 31 of any school year is eligible to attend kindergarten that year. Any child who resides in the district and will reach the age of 6 on or before August 31 of any school year is eligible to attend first grade that year.

Health Requirements
All students enrolling in the Shawnee Mission School District for the first time must show written proof that they have received at least one dose of each of the immunizations required by the state of Kansas before they may attend any classes. Thereafter, new students will have 60 days from the first day of attendance to provide written proof from a doctor or the health department that shows that they have had the proper number of immunizations to meet the required state immunization laws.

If the requirements are not met within 60 days, the student will be excluded from school until written proof is provided. The student will not be excluded as long as there is written proof from a health care provider that the doses are given as soon as possible.

The two exceptions to immunization requirements accepted by the state of Kansas are:

  1. A medical exemption signed by a doctor (MD or DO) every year
  2. A religious exemption signed by a parent or guardian, if the student’s religious teachings are against immunization.

Health History and Permit
A health history and permit form needs to be filled out and signed by a parent or guardian for all students enrolling in the Shawnee Mission School District for the first time. This form needs to be turned in on or before the student’s first day of school.

Physical Examination
Kansas state law requires all children 8 years old and younger have written proof of a physical examination. The physical examination must be done within 12 months before school enrollment or within 90 days after the first day of school attendance. If the physical exam is not completed within 90 days of the first day of school attendance, the student will be excluded from school. Physical forms are available from the school nurse, or forms from the doctor will be accepted.

Medication
Prescription medicine must be sent to the school nurse in the original prescription bottle dated within the calendar year and come with a written note from a parent or guardian. This written permission must be renewed every year. Some prescription medications may require accompanying doctor’s order.  Students may be allowed to carry and self-administer emergency medications such as asthma or anaphylaxis prevention medications or diabetes medicine and supplies. Written permission from a doctor and a parent needs to be on file with the school nurse and renewed every year.