Open Enrollment Information
the 2023-2024 Open Enrollment application process begins Tuesday, January 10, at 7: 30 AM.
IMPORTANT: Open Enrollment Applications must be submitted each school year.
(This is NOT the registration process, once approved you must then complete the registration process).
Arizona state law allows students to apply for admission to any state public school, based on available classroom space. Open Enrollment applications are approved on a year-by-year basis with no guarantee of continued enrollment. While a few schools in the Litchfield Elementary School District will have space for Open Enrollment students, some schools will have closed enrollment because of growing student populations.
Open enrollment applications are only available online via the Litchfield Elementary School District website. In the event you do not have online computer access, you may utilize a computer at the Litchfield Elementary School District Office in order to submit your application online.
Open Enrollment Availability 2023-2024 School Year (updated 9.19.23)
Note: Capacity is updated every 12 weeks, per A.R.S 15-816.01, unless there are no changes to report. Please note that due to daily fluctuations in district and school enrollment, actual capacity on a given day may be different from what is indicated below. "Yes" indicates there are openings.
Open Enrollment FAQ
What is Open Enrollment?
Arizona state law allows students to apply for admission to any state public school, based on available classroom space. Open Enrollment applications are approved on a year-by-year basis with no guarantee of continued enrollment. Click here to view Governing Board Policy JFB - Open Enrollment
What is a variance?
A variance is the same as an Open Enrollment.
Who may apply for Open Enrollment?
Any family residing in Arizona may apply for Open Enrollment into a Litchfield school. For this reason, the state is considered among the leaders in the country for educational choice.
Where do I obtain an application?
Open Enrollment applications are available at the top of this page. They are school year specific. Applications can only be submitted online.
What are the timelines?
The Open Enrollment period begins in January during the school year prior to the year Open Enrollment is being requested. The timelines are outlined in the link below:
How is approval of an Open Enrollment application determined?
Approval of application first requires a determination as to the number of Open Enrollment openings (capacity) available per school. Students who have submitted application will be ranked by priority status according to District Governing Policy JFB - Open Enrollment. Selection is done by priority level. If capacity is not sufficient to enroll all pupils, they shall be selected through a random selection process. Grade level and program capacity will be considered when determining approval. Failure to notify the District of special program needs indicated on the Open Enrollment forms may necessitate a re-submission of the application for evaluation. A student requiring specialized support could be denied if the resources at the school are at capacity.
How will I be notified?
Parents will receive notification of their application approval, waitlist or denial before the new school year begins via email, if application is submitted by July 15th. Be sure to also check your junk folder for your email response.
What if I miss the deadline for the application?
If the designated Open Enrollment deadline is missed, an Open Enrollment Application may still be submitted for consideration. Once available capacity is determined, application will be considered based on priority status, and parents/legal guardians will be notified. Once the campus meets or exceeds its capacity, either through Open Enrollment or population growth, the school will be closed to further Open Enrollments.
What if my child is currently attending on Open Enrollment, do I need to reapply?
All students attending a school outside of their attendance boundary will need to apply for Open Enrollment each year. Acceptance is on a Year-by-Year basis and will be reviewed each new school year.
What if my school attendance area undergoes a boundary change, can I stay at my same school?
You may apply for Open Enrollment to stay at your same school.
May I apply during the school year?
Open Enrollment Application may be considered during the school year for schools which have not reached capacity.
Is transportation provided?
District transportation is not provided to Open Enrollment students. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school in a safe and timely manner. Standards of reasonableness and prudence apply with respect to young children and supervised travel to and from school. Dropping young children off/picking up at local parks with the expectation that they will walk unsupervised to/from school is unsafe. Fee based extended day programs are available at our elementary schools to accommodate early drop off and late pick up.
What if I have a child in first grade and one in second grade and the application is approved for the first grader and denied for the second grader? (Grade level could be any grade level example.)
The district cannot accommodate a sibling if the grade level is at or exceeds capacity when another sibling has been approved at another grade level. The family must decide if they want to have students enrolled at different schools, or decline the Open Enrollment seat in order to keep families together at one school.
What happens if we originally resided in a LESD school’s attendance boundary and then moved outside of the school’s or the district’s attendance boundary?
When a change in address places a pupil outside the attendance area of the pupil’s enrolled school, an application for open enrollment must be submitted within ten (10) days of the change in residence. The pupil may be admitted as a nonresident or resident transfer pupil subject to the rules set forth in this regulation. Failure to complete this process may result in the student being withdrawn at the end of ten (10) school days unless capacity would allow the student to finish the school year as stated in the enrollment priorities below.
Can my child’s Open Enrollment status be revoked once granted?
Open Enrollment status is reviewed each year. Open Enrollment can be denied due to grade/program capacities, attendance/tardiness issues, or failure to follow school rules on the part of the parent or student. Each year Principals make recommendations to the Superintendent regarding these situations. Parents will receive written notification if their child’s Open Enrollment has been revoked due to these issues.
How does the waitlist work?
If capacity (space) is unavailable at the selected school(s) listed on the open enrollment application the student will be placed on a waitlist. Once on the waitlist consideration is for school choice 1. At the time of the initial placement an offer for an additional school choice may be given. This offer will have an expiration date to reply by. If the offer expires, the open enrollment application will continue on the waitlist for school choice 1. Students will remain on the waitlist until there is space available at school choice 1 or advised by parent/guardian to be removed from the waitlist. If approved, an email notification will be sent regarding approval. A monthly email is sent to confirm the open enrollment application is still on the waitlist. The waitlist is reviewed weekly.
Out-of-District Student: Nonresident pupil means a pupil who resides in this state and who is seeking enrollment in a school district other than the school district in which the pupil resides.
Intra-District Student: Resident transfer pupil means a resident pupil who is enrolled in or seeking enrollment in a school that is within the school district, but outside the attendance area, of the pupil’s residence.
Policy: JFB - Open Enrollment
Policy: JFB - Open Enrollment Spanish
Regulation: JFB-R - Open Enrollment