Open Enrollment

 

Shawnee Mission School District Open Enrollment Capacity Report Prepared For The 2024-2025 School Year

Overview

In accordance with Kansas law (K.S.A. § 72-3123) and Board policy JBCD (Open Enrollment), non-resident students (students who reside in Kansas but not within the SMSD boundaries) may enroll in and attend an SMSD school, subject to capacity and meeting good standing requirements. On or before May 1 each year, the Board of Education determines capacity for each grade level in each school building of the District for the upcoming school year. Open Enrollment applications are accepted June 1 - June 30 each year. Open Enrollment applicants will be notified of acceptance or denial on or before July 15.

This report presents recommendations concerning capacity and student-to- teacher ratios for each grade level and school building as well as enrollment projections. After reviewing this report, the Board will determine the following for the upcoming school year based on the superintendent’s recommendation:

1.   capacity for each grade level in each school building;

2.    the estimated number of students expected to attend school in the SMSD;

3.     the estimated number of open seats available during Open Enrollment at each grade, building, or program; and

4.     enrollment projections.

During open enrollment, the following non-resident students will be enrolled as if they are resident students: any child who is in the custody of DCF and who is living in the home of a current enrolled non-resident student; any non-resident student who has a parent or person acting as parent employed by the District; and any child who is experiencing homelessness. If a school has available capacity following any such enrollments, then non-resident student enrollment applications are processed as follows:

•   First, the following non-resident students will be enrolled in the order in which their enrollment application was received: (a) students who are a sibling of a current transfer student (meaning a current In- District Transfer student or current enrolled non-resident student); and (b) non-resident students who meet the statutory definition of “military student.”

•   Second, if the school still has capacity, then remaining enrollment applications will be processed through a lottery system.

Click here to view the full Shawnee Mission School District Open Enrollment Capacity Report or view each program level below.