Out-of-Attendance Area

  • You may apply to attend a different school from the one whose boundaries you live in.  For elementary schools, this is done through the out-of-attendance area (OAA) lottery. Applications may be submitted for the upcoming school year through the third Wednesday in June of the current school year. The Elementary OAA process will close after that time until the first Wednesday in August, at which point parents can use the lottery system to add their child(ren)'s names to the bottom of the wait list in the order received. Elementary OAA space at schools is very limited: most elementary schools will not have space for out of area students.

     
    Some important considerations:
    • The out-of-attendance area lottery process for the next school year begins on the first Wednesday in April and closes on the last Wednesday in June. Paper copies of the out-of-attendance area form will be accepted after May 1 at the school you wish your child to attend.

    • After June, the lottery will be closed, but parents can submit a "late" OAA application through the lottery system beginning the first Wednesday in August. Late applications will be added to the bottom of the desired grade level wait list in the order received.

    • Elementary students do not need to apply every year once granted enrollment through the lottery process - unless the students withdraws, transportation becomes an issue, or the next grade level is only available by lottery.

    • The school district DOES NOT provide bus service for out-of-attendance area students.
      The parent is responsible for the student's timely transportation to and from school. A student is not permitted to arrive late or leave early in order to accommodate a transportation arrangement.

    • The out-of-attendance area privilege may be revoked due to poor student attendance.

    • Permanent placement will be made as early as possible in the fall, though some schools made need up to two weeks after the start of school to place OAA students.

Out-of-Attendance Area FAQ

  • Due to the need to maintain adequate pupil-teacher ratio (PTR), schools must follow procedures that govern enrollment of students from out-of-attendance area. Below are some common questions parents ask. While each school tries to place children in classrooms as early as possible, some schools may need up to two weeks after the start of school to place students, due to population numbers at those schools. This is noted in School Board Policy.


    When is an Out-of-Attendance Area application required?

    An Out-of-Attendance Area lottery request may be submitted online or in person the first week in April and closes the last Wednesday of June.  If submitting a paper copy, deliver it to the school the parent wants their child to attend.

    When can I submit an Out-of-Attendance form?

    An Out-of-Attendance Area lottery request may be submitted online or in person the first week in April and closes the last Wednesday of June. If submitting a paper copy, deliver it to the school the parent wants their child to attend.
     

    What does the out-of-attendance area application process entail? 

    • Parent fills out the OAA form online or submits a paper copy at the school they want their child to attend, except for kindergarten students. Kindergarten students register at their neighborhood school and may fill out the OAA form on or after the beginning of kindergarten registration. Neighborhood school will forward OAA form to the requested school. 

      Schools receiving OAA lottery applications will verify the information parents submitted.

    • Each school will try to place OAA children in classrooms as early as possible but some schools may need up to two weeks after the start of school to place children due to population numbers at that school.

    • Parents should enroll their child at their neighborhood school if the family needs a “guarantee” of placement to make child care arrangements, or if the family needs an immediate answer to placement questions.

    Do I need to fill out an application each year?

    • Once granted enrollment through the lottery process, your child may remain at the school through the highest grade level unless: you withdraw, transportation or attendance becomes an issue, or the next grade level is only available by lottery.

    • If your child has not been granted enrollment through the lottery process, an OAA application is needed every year until your child is accepted into an OAA school.

    What is the criteria for being accepted at the OAA school?

    1. Available space at the requested grade level.

    2. Placed on waitlist through the lottery process.

    How will my child be accepted?

    If your child is on the waitlist, the school will contact you when it is able to determine numbers at the grade level you are seeking OAA status. Final confirmation may take up to 10 days after school starts.

    What is the cut off for OAA students to be assigned to a class?

    OAA students will not be assigned to a classroom with enrollment of 20 or more students in kindergarten, 22 or more students in grades 1-3, or 24 or more students in grades 4-6.

    Can my child continue to attend the OAA school until he or she moves to middle school?

    Your child may remain at the school through the highest grade level unless: you withdraw, transportation or attendance becomes an issue, or the next grade level is only available by lottery.  Attendance at middle school is based on where you physically live.

    Will all my elementary children (siblings) be able to attend the same OAA school?

    Not necessarily. Siblings of a student who is admitted or enrolled though the lottery will have a preference in placement on the waitlist.

    What happens if we know someone does not reside in the neighborhood and they say they do?

    • Any time residency is in question and when newly enrolling a student in school, the parent will be asked to produce proof of residency in the form of a rental agreement or utility bill (i.e. phone, water, electric, etc.).

    • Different documentation may be required of military families who live in military housing.

     

    For more information on the lottery process visit https://www.k12northstar.org/domain/4210.

Important Dates

  • April 1 - June 27, 2018
    Out-of-attendance area lottery requests may be submitted for the 2018-19 school year.