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Open Enrollment


Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: What is the district’s open enrollment program?

Open enrollment is a state law that allows students to attend schools outside of their resident school if the receiving school has the capacity to accept them. Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD) residents who wish to attend a school other than their home area school must apply under the open enrollment program as well as non-resident families.
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Q: Are students accepted on a first-come, first-served basis?

All applicants who apply between November 1 and January 31 are given equal consideration for placement per governing board policy on open enrollment procedures. If capacity is insufficient to enroll all students to a particular grade in a particular school, then they shall be selected through a random selection process. If there is additional capacity to accept students after January 31, we will respond to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q: What are my student’s chances of being accepted to CFSD?

Last year we had 2,992 students apply district wide and we accepted 2,821 of them. Denials were primarily due to class size limitations at specific schools or in specific programs.

Q: Since all Open Enrollment students must re-apply every year, is there a chance s/he will not be accepted?

Continuing open enrollment students and their siblings have priority for acceptance under the open enrollment program. The district recognizes the importance of continuity in a child’s education.

Q: Are there any restrictions on an open enrollment student?

Transportation is the responsibility of the student’s family. This responsibility applies to both resident and out- of- district open enrollment students. Once a student is accepted under open enrollment, s/he is a district student in all other aspects of his or her education and extracurricular activities. There are some Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) restrictions on high school students participating in AIA activities who transfer to other schools. Contact Dante Franco, athletic director at Catalina Foothills High School, if you have questions related to this issue.

Q: How do I find out about specific programs available at CFSD?

Our web site has complete information regarding: Gifted Education, Spanish Immersion Option, Chinese Immersion, Special Education Resources, and curricula for Elementary, Middle, and High School levels. A complete overview of our 21st Learning initiative can also be reviewed. Please note that Catalina Foothills School District has a half-day kindergarten program. A full-day program is available through the fee based Kindergarten Plus program.

Q: Can my student be placed on a waiting list for a future school year enrollment?

CFSD does not maintain a “waiting list” from year to year. Open enrollment applications are accepted November through January preceding the next school year (applications for 2017-2018 are accepted from November 1, 2016, through January 31, 2017). Although applications received November - January are processed first, we continue to accept applications submitted beginning February 1, 2017 and thereafter, placing students on a first come-first served basis if there is additional capacity.

Q: If my student applies for open enrollment and decides not to attend, is s/he eligible for future school years?

S/he may apply again in future years. Acceptance for the current application period is not transferable to future years. Also, the student must enroll for the accepted school year prior to deadline indicated on the acceptance letter.

Q: When and how will I be notified about my student's application?

If you apply during the open enrollment application period (November 1 through January 31), you will receive a response to your application by email no later than March 1. If you apply after January 31 you will receive a response in a timely manner but no later than two weeks prior to the first day of school.

Click here to submit an Open Enrollment application for the 2017-2018 school year. (You will be redirected to a secure form server named WuFoo.)

Please note: A separate application must be submitted for each student.


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