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Nonresident Enrollment

Hi! Thank you for your interest in nonresident enrollment for Leavenworth Public Schools.

In 2022, the Kansas Legislature passed a law requiring all school districts in the state to have a policy allowing for students living outside their district boundaries to attend their schools, if there is capacity to do so.

Our district is currently in the process of reviewing how we will determine capacity in our district. Per state statute, in grades K-8, capacity is determined by grade level and by school for each of our elementary and middle buildings. It can be determined by factors such as student-teacher ratios, projected enrollment trends and maximum capacity of classrooms and other spaces in the school.

In grades 9-12, capacity is determined for each high school as a whole, rather than at each specific grade. The same factors, plus anticipated demand for particular courses or programming, can be used in making this determination at the high school level.

The Leavenworth Board of Education approved an overall nonresident enrollment policy, which largely mirrors state law, in December.

Concerns about the law itself, and the requirement to admit nonresident students, should be directed to the legislators who collectively enacted the law. Here is a list of Kansas House of Representatives members and Kansas Senate members if you would like to contact them to share thoughts, questions, or concerns. 

Next steps:

The district must determine the number of open seats available to nonresidents at each grade, building or program level by May 1, and publish that information on its website by June 1.

From June 1-30, the district must accept applications from nonresident, or out-of-district, students. If the number of nonresident students applying is less than the capacity available, all students must be admitted. If the number of applications exceeds the capacity for a grade level within the district, the district will randomly select nonresident students via a lottery process on or before July 15 of each year.

Per statute, priority is given to military students, students in the custody of the Department of Children and Families and, in future years, to any sibling who already has been accepted to enroll in our schools, as long as there are open spots for those siblings. Once a student has been accepted, he or she can remain a Leavenworth student until graduation, provided the student meets attendance and behavioral expectations specified in the policy. Nonresident families will be notified by July 15 if they have been accepted to enroll for that school year.

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