CUSD Open Enrollment
A.R.S. § 15-816.01 requires public school governing boards to adopt a model format that their district may use for parents to understand: 1) their enrollment options as described in A.R.S. § 15-816.01; 2) Enrollment capacity at each school; and 3) The ability to choose any school within the school district of residence or any other school district in the state.
Each school district develops its own open enrollment criteria that comply with state and federal law. That includes criteria to evaluate open enrollment eligibility and priority.
View our Open Enrollment Policy at the link - Policy JFB Open Enrollment
Instructions to Apply
Contact the school in which you wish to enroll.
Complete the Open Enrollment Attendance Application and submit it to the registrar of the school no later than June 30.
Please note that:
- Enrollment is subject to the capacity limit established for the school and/or its grade levels.
- On or before August 15, the parent or legal guardian will be notified in writing whether the application has been accepted, rejected, or placed on a waiting list.
- Transportation for the student is the responsibility of the parents or legal guardian. The school will not provide transportation.
- Providing false information on this form may result in the application being denied or admission being revoked.
CUSD shall enroll at any time any resident pupil who applies for enrollment into the school district.
CUSD gives enrollment preference to and reserves capacity for all of the following:
- Resident pupils.
- Pupils returning to school from the prior year.
- Siblings of pupils already enrolled.
CUSD also provides enrollment preference to children who:
- Are in foster care.
- Meet the definition of unaccompanied youth prescribed in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (P.L. 100-77; 101 Stat. 482; 42 United States Code Section 11434a).
- Attend a school that is closing.
If a school remains open as part of a boundary change and capacity is available, students assigned to a new attendance area may stay enrolled in their current school.
CUSD may give enrollment preference to and reserve capacity for all of the following:
- Pupils who are children of persons who are employed by or at a school in the School District.
- Resident transfer pupils and their siblings.
- Pupils who meet additional criteria established and published by the School District Governing Board.
Except as provided in A.R.S. 15-816.01, a school that is operated by a school district may not limit admission based on any of the following:
- Ethnicity or race.
- National origin.
- Income level.
- Proficiency in the English language.
- Athletic ability.
There is no cost to enroll.
Q & A
What is open enrollment and how is it different than regular enrollment?
Regular enrollment is attending the local school you are assigned to based on your home address. This is also referred to as attending your default school or home school. Schools must ensure that there is enough classroom space available for these students.
Open enrollment allows parents to apply for admission to any public school in the state as long as there is classroom space available.
What types of open enrollment are there?
Open enrollment allows students who live:
- Within the Coolidge Unified School District (CUSD) to go to a different CUSD school outside of their home attendance boundaries.
- Outside the CUSD school district to go to a school in the district.
Parents choose to open enroll their child in another school or school district for many reasons, such as unique program offerings, teaching philosophy, extracurricular activities, or proximity to a parent’s workplace. Regardless of the reason, open enrollment is an option for parents if there is space.
What if there isn't enough space?
If you are denied enrollment because there is not enough space, you will be placed on a waiting list. As space becomes available, the school district will select students based on the school/program chosen and their place on the waiting list.