How to Enroll
YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE
ENROLLMENT IS AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Please follow the five simple steps below to guide you through the new enrollment process. Alternatively, you may download the printer friendly Enrollment Guide.
Step 1 – Review the Student’s Age Eligibility
Step 2 – Determine the Student’s Resident District and Attendance Area School
Step 3 – Investigate School Choice Options
Step 4 – Complete Enrollment Forms and Gather Enrollment Documents
Step 5 – Visit the Enrollment Center: Your One-Stop Shop
STEP 1 - REVIEW THE STUDENT’S AGE ELIGIBLITY
A student enrolling for kindergarten must be five years of age on September 1 of the school year for which admission is requested.
If the student does not meet the age requirements for kindergarten, please explore our early childhood programs.
Early Entrance to Kindergarten
A student who becomes five years of age on September 2 through November 1 of the school year for which admission is requested may enroll in kindergarten based upon successful completion of the Early Entrance to Kindergarten process.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15 of the year applying for kindergarten. Details about the application process will be posted by mid-January.
A student enrolling for first grade must:
- have completed kindergarten, or
- be six years of age on September 1 of the school year for which admission is requested, or
- have completed a full year of kindergarten taught by a licensed kindergarten teacher and is age six on or before December 31 school of the school year for which admission is requested.
If the student does not meet the age requirements for first grade, please explore enrolling in kindergarten.
AGE 21 LIMITATIONS
A secondary student must be under 21 years of age on September 1 of the school year for which admission is requested.
- A student who becomes age 21 after enrollment is eligible for continued enrollment until at least one of the following occurs: the first September 1 after the student’s 21st birthday; the student’s completion of the graduation requirements; the student’s withdrawal with no subsequent enrollment within 21 calendar days, or the end of the school year.
- Special instruction for children with a disability, students with disabilities identified through the child study process may be registered for special instruction and services from birth until July 1 after the student becomes 21 years old but shall not extend beyond secondary school or its equivalent except as provided in Minnesota Statute 124D.68, Graduation incentives programs.
If the student exceeds the age 21 limitations, please explore our Adult Basic Education program.
After reviewing the student’s age eligibility, please proceed to STEP 2.
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STEP 2 – DETERMINE THE STUDENT’S RESIDENT DISTRICT AND ATTENDANCE AREA SCHOOL
The primary address of a student is used to determine the student’s resident district or attendance area school (school of assignment) if a resident of ISD 279 – Osseo Area Schools.
The address of the biological/adoptive parent or other person having court appointed legal custody of the student is considered the student’s primary address, regardless of where the student physically lives.
Please contact the Enrollment Center if you have questions about a student’s primary address.
To determine your student’s resident district, visit pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us or contact the Enrollment Center.
If the student’s resident district is not ISD 279, the student does not have an attendance area school. These students may apply for a school in ISD 279 through school choice.
ATTENDANCE AREA SCHOOL
Each school (except for some magnet schools) has an attendance area that determines the resident students that are assigned to the school. An attendance area is a geographic area surrounding the school. Attendance areas optimize the enrollment at each school.
If the student’s resident district is not District 279, the student will not have an assigned attendance area school. These students may apply for a school in ISD 279 through school choice.
If the student’s resident district is ISD 279, please determine the student’s attendance area school by entering the student’s primary address in the School Boundary Locator or by contacting the Enrollment Center.
After determining the student’s resident district and attendance are school please proceed to STEP 3.
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STEP 3 – INVESTIGATE SCHOOL CHOICE OPTIONS
Resident students who would like to attend a school other than their assigned attendance area school and non-resident students who would like to attend an ISD 279 school may apply for enrollment through school choice. ISD 279 school directory >>
Students wishing to attend the Osseo Area Learning Center (OALC) should contact the OALC directly for enrollment inquiries.
MAGNET SCHOOL CHOICE
A student whose resident district is a member of the Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) may apply to attend a magnet school through The Power of Choice Enrollment Application.
Non-resident students whose resident district is not a member of the Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) may apply to attend a magnet school through a Non-member District Transfer Application.
More information about magnet schools >>
NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL CHOICE
Each resident student is assigned to a attendance area school, but may apply to attend a different neighborhood school through a Resident Transfer Application.
Non-resident students may apply for any neighborhood school through a Non-resident Transfer Application.
After investigating school choice options:
- If the student is applying for school choice, the school choice application must be approved before proceeding to Step 4.
- If the student is enrolling at their attendance area school or if the student is approved to enroll at an alternate school through school choice please proceed to STEP 4.
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STEP 4 – COMPLETE ENROLLMENT FORMS AND GATHER ENROLLMENT DOCUMENTS
If you need assistance completing the enrollment forms or gathering the enrollment documents, please contact the Enrollment Center.
After completing the enrollment forms and gathering the enrollment documents please proceed to STEP 5.
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STEP 5 – VISIT THE ENROLLMENT CENTER: YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP
The Enrollment Center enrolls students for all ISD 279 schools except the Osseo Area Learning Center. We are proud to offer a single location to meet all of your enrollment needs.
When you visit the Enrollment Center, you will:
- Meet with Enrollment Center staff;
- Learn about available schools and programs;
- Receive information regarding transportation, free and reduced lunch, and other applicable services;
- Meet with a school nurse to provide health history and discuss health-related concerns;
- Receive immunization updates and connections to community health resources if needed; and
- Receive language assessment for English Language Learner (ELL) services, if needed.
Please note: The biological/adoptive parent or other person having court-appointed legal custody of the student must be present to enroll.
You may need to bring your student to the Enrollment Center in order to receive a language assessment if the student:
- first learned a language other than American English;
- comes from a home where the language usually spoken is other than American English;
- usually speaks a language other than American English; or
- was born outside the United States.
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Need help? Please contact the Enrollment Center.