Open-enrollment policies allow a student to transfer to a public school of his or her choice. There are two basic types of open-enrollment policies.
Depending on the state, open-enrollment policies are mandatory, voluntary, or both.
|Open Enrollment Survey 2017|
|Does the state have open enrollment programs?||Yes, mandatory intradistrict and interdistrict, with some limitations. School boards may create written agreements for transferring students between districts. Students must apply annually to attend or continue attending the receiving school.|
A receiving school district is not required to admit a transfer student if the transfer would be a hardship for the receiving district, as defined by district policy. Local school boards must adopt policies defining specific standards for accepting or rejecting transfer students from other districts. Standards may include the capacity of a program, class, grade level or school building to accept transfer students but may not include previous academic achievement, athletic ability, proficiency in English language, or disabling conditions.
Citations: Idaho Code Ann. § 33-1401 through § 33-1408
|Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs?||Not addressed.|
|Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment?||No. However, suspended or expelled students are not eligible for open enrollment transfers.|
Citations: Idaho Code Ann. § 33-1402, § 33-1404
|Who is responsible for student transportation?||Parents are responsible to transport students to and from the school or an appropriate bus stop within the receiving district.|
Citations: Idaho Code Ann. § 33-1402