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Friday, 17 November 2017 20:49

School Choice: Open Enrollment Starts Dec. 1

Under Utah law, students who wish to attend a school other than their neighborhood school—the one assigned to them by geographic boundaries—may apply for a transfer by submitting an Open Enrollment request.

In Canyons District, families are able to submit these forms online from the comfort of their home or office using our Online Permit Portal. For the 2018-2019 school year, the window for applying for the school-choice permits opens at 10 am. on Friday, Dec. 1 and closes at the end of business on Friday, Feb. 16. 

School transfers are approved when space is available and on a first-come, first-served basis. Paper permits are no longer available.

Once a school administrator approves a transfer permit, the permit will renew automatically every year thereafter as long as the student remains at the same school and their permit is not revoked. Permits must be renewed when a student advances from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school.

To guide families through the process, the Department of Planning and Enrollment has created tutorials in English, Spanish, and French. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Department’s website. The Main Office at your local school also is a good resource for information.
Canyons District is returning to its traditional window for the school open-enrollment process. For the 2014-2015 school year, applications from students to attend a school other than the one assigned to them by geographic boundaries will be taken Dec. 1, 2013 through the third Friday in February 2014.  

Last year, Canyons accepted open-enrollment applications from Aug. 1-Nov. 1. This was a one-time variance to the permit process so the District could ensure proper staffing levels when Canyons schools moved to a new grade structure.

The grade reconfiguration, approved by the Canyons Board of Education in 2010, moves ninth-graders into the high schools, and creates middle schools of sixth- through eighth-grades, and elementary schools of kindergarten through fifth grades. This grade structure will start Aug. 19, when the majority of CSD students return to school. First-grade students return Aug. 20 and kindergarten starts Aug. 26.

Open-enrollment applications can be accessed at any Canyons District school or the Canyons Administration Building, 9150 S. 500 West. Applications should be submitted directly to the school where you would like your child to be enrolled.