Governing Board Policies
Section J - Students
Policy Title: Enrollment and School Choice
Policy Code: JFB
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Each student shall be assigned to an attendance zone school based on the student's legal address. Middle school attendance zones are comprised of several elementary school attendance zones. High school attendance zones are comprised of several middle school attendance zones. If a student does not file an open enrollment/magnet application, the student will automatically be assigned to his or her attendance zone school.
A student may be enrolled at any school in the District, subject to administrative regulations relating to open enrollment or magnet schools/programs.
A student wishing to enroll at a school other than his or her attendance zone school may apply to one of the following school choices:
- Magnet Schools/Programs
Magnet Schools/Programs offer a specialized curriculum to a student body representing a cross section of the community and reflecting its diversity. The District will establish entrance criteria for Magnet Schools/Programs, and only those students who meet the criteria shall be eligible to attend these schools or programs. Students wishing to be eligible to attend these schools must meet the entrance criteria established by the district.
- Pipeline Schools
Pipeline Schools are K-12th grade schools designed to enable students to continue a theme or magnet program throughout their educational career. Students enrolled in an elementary or middle school identified on JFB-E 2, Identified Pipeline Schools (in Word | in PDF), will be automatically eligible to attend the associated pipeline middle or high school upon promotion from the student’s current school, unless the student enrolls at another school.
- Open Enrollment
If a student chooses to attend a TUSD school other than that student’s attendance zone school, but not a magnet school/program nor pipeline school, the student may apply to any open enrollment school.
Applications for open enrollment will be accepted pursuant to these rank-ordered priorities.
- TUSD resident siblings of students currently enrolled at the requested school.
- Students who seek to move from a school in Group A to Group C or Group C to Group A.
- Students who seek to move from a school in Group A to Group B, or Group B to Group A, or from Group B to Group C, or Group C to Group B.
- Students who seek to move from one school to another within the same group.
- Non-TUSD resident siblings of students currently enrolled at the requested school.
- Students who do not reside in TUSD.
Students who are not accepted into magnet schools, magnet programs, or open enrollment will be placed in a waiting pool and considered for acceptance when space becomes available. Placement will be made according to the priorities listed above.
Adopted: August 4, 2010
Revised:October 18, 2012 (updated legal ref only)
LEGAL REF.: A.R.S. §15-341, §15-816, §15-816.01
CROSS REF: Policy # JC – Student Attendance Zones; Policy # JE - Student Attendance; Policy # IKE - Promotion, Retention, and Acceleration; Policy # JB – Equal Educational Opportunities; Policy # EEA – Student Transportation Policy; Policy # AC - Discrimination
Replaces TUSD Policies # Policy # 5091 Open Enrollment; Policy # 5095 Admissions to Magnet Schools