3141 Policy – Nonresident Students

Any student who resides outside the district may apply to attend a school in the district or file the parental declaration of the intent to provide home-based instruction. All applications for nonresident attendance or home-based instruction will be considered on an equal basis. The district will accept qualified nonresident students in each school year, unless accepting more nonresident students would constitute a financial hardship for the district.

Information on interdistrict acceptance policies will be provided to nonresidents on request. Providing online access to the information satisfies the requirements of this policy unless a parent or guardian specifically requests information to be provided in written form.

A parent or guardian will apply for admission on behalf of their child by completing the appropriate district application. The superintendent, or designee, will develop an application form which contains information including, but not limited to, the current legal residence of the student and the school district in which the student is currently enrolled or receiving home-based instruction, the basis for requesting release from the resident district and the specific building and grade level (elementary) or course offerings (secondary) in which the student desires to be enrolled if accepted by the district.

The superintendent, or designee, will accept or reject an application for nonresident admission based upon the following standards:

A. Whether space is available in the grade level or classes at the building in which the student desires to be enrolled;

B. Whether appropriate educational programs or services are available to improve the student’s condition as stated in requesting release from their district of residence;

C. Whether the student’s attendance in the district is likely to create a risk to the health or safety of other students or staff;

D. Whether the district has already accepted as many nonresident students for the school year as permitted by this policy;

E. Whether the student’s disciplinary records indicate a history of violent or disruptive behavior or gang membership (a gang means a group of three or more persons with identifiable leadership that on an ongoing basis regularly conspires and acts in concert mainly for criminal purposes); and

F. Whether the student has been expelled or suspended from a public school for more than ten consecutive days, in which case the student may apply for admission under the district’s policy for readmission of expelled students.

If the nonresident student is the child of a full-time certificated or classified school employee the superintendent, or designee,will accept the transfer request for placement at the school to which the employee is assigned or at a school forming the district’s K-12 continuum to which the employee is assigned, unless the nonresident student:

A. Has a history of convictions, violent or disruptive behavior, or gang membership;

B. Has been expelled or suspended from school for more than ten consecutive days; or

C. Enrollment of a nonresident student would displace a student who is a resident of the district, (the resident student must be permitted to remain enrolled until they complete their schooling).

A student who resides in a district that does not operate a secondary program will be permitted to enroll in secondary schools in this district in accordance with state law and regulation relating to the financial responsibility of the resident district.

The superintendent or designee, in a timely manner, will provide all applicants with written notification of the approval or denial of the application. If the student is to be admitted, the superintendent or designee will notify the resident district and make necessary arrangements for the transfer of student records.

The final decision of the district to deny the admission of a nonresident student may be appealed to the Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee.

Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 01/15/04; 02/23/12; 10/14/14; 01/15/04; 01/23/15
Updated: 10/19/17
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content

RCW 28A.225.220, Adults, children from other districts, agreements for attending school — Tuition

RCW 28A.225.225, Applications from school employees’ children, nonresident students, or students receiving home-based instruction to attend district school – Acceptance and rejection standards – Notification.

RCW 28A.225.240, Apportionment credit

RCW 28A.225.290, Enrollment options information booklet

RCW 28A.225.300, Enrollment options information to parents

WAC 392-137, Finance — Nonresident attendance

Management Resources: Content

Policy News, June 2003, Enrolling children of School Employees

Policy News, September 1999, School safety bills impact policy