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                                    In-District Open Enrollment

Completing the Open Enrollment application DOES NOT enroll your student, it is an application for currently enrolled families to request an alternate elementary school placement. Please visit our Enrollment webpage for information on enrolling your student in Rochester Community Schools. 

Open Enrollment is strictly limited to families who reside in the Rochester School District. Rochester Schools DOES NOT participate in schools of choice. 

     The Open Enrollment application period for the 2023-2024 school year is closed. 

Open Enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year will open in late winter/early spring of 2024

RCS Elementary students with their arms around each others shoulders

The following buildings are closed to open enrollment: Baldwin, Delta Kelly, Hamlin, Hampton, Hugger and all middle and high schools.

New elementary students enrolling for the upcoming school year can complete the open enrollment application during the online enrollment process. 

Open enrolled students will be assigned to the school in their home attendance area when changing levels (elementary to middle school, and middle school to high school). 

  • Open Enrollment is for RCS Residents who would like to request that their elementary school student(s) attend a building that is different than their home building.  Your home building is assigned according to district boundary maps, based on your home residence. To check your home school, use this link and click the button that says, "check address."
  • Open Enrollment is for Rochester Community Schools residents and Rochester Schools staff only. Rochester Schools does not participate in schools of choice. 

  • Please note that open enrollment is closed for secondary education students (grades 6-12) unless a sibling is already enrolled at the requested building for the 2023-24 school year.
  • The open enrollment process for elementary education students ensures that children will be automatically approved if their siblings are currently enrolled in the program. Other students will be assigned if space is available.
  • TK students are placed in their building by the Curriculum Department and therefore do not apply for open enrollment. TK students will be placed at their home school for Kindergarten-5th grade. If TK parents would like to open enroll their child for kindergarten, please apply for open enrollment the year your child moves to kindergarten. 

  • Students who attend a non-home school through open enrollment are not eligible for RCS transportation.
  • Families can apply for one building only.
  • If you have previously applied for Open Enrollment and your student is already attending that school, you do not need to apply again. Open Enrollment, once accepted, will apply for all years the student is attending elementary school.

2023-2024 Open Enrollment Dates

February 1 - Open Enrollment opens at 10:00 a.m.

February 22 - Open Enrollment closes at the end of the day

March 1 -Families will be notified of open enrollment placement decisions via email at the email address provided within the application .  If your student is approved for Open Enrollment, an Open Enrollment Commitment form will be emailed to you with your notice of acceptance.  

March 15 - Open Enrollment Commitment forms must be signed and returned by the end of the day or the option to attend a school under open enrollment will no longer be available. 

Please review the following Open Enrollment rules prior to submitting your application. 

  • Application can be made for one school placement only.

  • Approval of this request is contingent upon available space at the requested school.

  • Parent/guardians are responsible for providing transportation for student exercising the open enrollment option. Rochester Community Schools will NOT provide transportation for open enrolled students. 

  • Open enrolled students will be required to arrive at school on time and leave the school grounds promptly at the end of the school day. Failure to comply will result in termination of the student’s open enrollment placement.

  • If accepted, the student is committed to attend the open enrolled school for the full school year.

  • Open Enrolled students will be assigned to the school in their home attendance area when changing levels (elementary to middle; middle to high).

The following link to the Open Enrollment application will become active when Open Enrollment opens on February 1st at 10:00 a.m.

 Open Enrollment Application