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Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment period for the 2020-2021 academic year is now open. Applications can be found below.

The Ithaca City School District provides the opportunity for families residing within the Ithaca School District to apply for their child(ren) to attend a school within the district other than the one assigned by geography (see Board Policy 5110.2). Open Enrollment is offered only to ICSD resident students who are currently enrolled in their home school.

A new application is required if a request is being made for a new, non-home school placement. Open Enrollment into a particular school is dependent upon grade-level space availability and staffing considerations at the requested building. Once applications have been approved, students are not required to reapply. Parents/guardians must provide all transportation to and from their child's open enrolled school.

 

Open Enrollment Timeline Changes

For the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, the Open Enrollment period will begin two months earlier than it had in the past, with applications available starting March 1. Completed applications are due to the Office of the Deputy Superintendent, 400 Lake Street by June 1, 2020 and will be reviewed after this deadline. Notifications of acceptance or denial will be sent when decisions have been made, which will be as early as late June.

Changing the Open Enrollment timeline will benefit students, families, and schools by:
  • easing the anxiety of students and their families transitioning into a new school by involving them in orientation activities or other planned events;
  • providing more accurate enrollment information for hiring, positioning, and ensuring professional development for teachers and support personnel where students are likely to attend; and
  • allowing the district to more thoughtfully balance and prepare classrooms for student needs.

*Please note that Lehman Alternative Community School is not considered in the Open Enrollment process.