Open Enrollment Policies: State Profile

Open Enrollment Policies: State Profile - Oregon

Last updated: October 2017

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.

  • Intradistrict: students transfer to another school within their resident school district.
  • Interdistrict: students transfer a school outside of their resident district.

Depending on the state, open-enrollment policies are mandatory, voluntary, or both. 

  • Mandatory policies require districts to participate in the program.
  • Voluntary policies allow districts to choose whether to participate in open enrollment, often allowing school districts the discretion to enter into transfer agreements with other districts.
  • States with both mandatory and voluntary policies usually require mandatory open enrollment in low-performing schools or districts, in defined regions of the state or in other specific circumstances while allowing voluntary open enrollment in the rest of the state.

View the full open enrollment database here.  Please contact Micah Ann Wixom (303.299.3673 or with questions or comments.

Open Enrollment Survey 2017
Does the state have open enrollment programs? Yes, voluntary interdistrict. Districts may enter into agreements with each other for open enrollment transfers.

Citations: Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 339.125 through § 339.128, § 339.133 Or. Admin. R. 581-021-0019

Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs? Not addressed.
Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment? Yes. Receiving districts make decisions about enrolling non-resident students. If applications exceed any attendance limits determined by the school board, the districts must hold a lottery and may give priority to the following:
  • Siblings of currently-enrolled students.
  • Students who attended a charter school in the same district for at least three consecutive years or completed the highest grade offered by the school.
  • Students who moved out of the school district during the previous school year but received permission to continue attending a school in the receiving district.

Citations: Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 339.127

Who is responsible for student transportation? Not addressed.

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