Out-of-Attendance Area

  • You may apply to attend a different school from the one whose boundaries you live in (your "home" or "area" school).  For elementary schools, this is done through the out-of-attendance area (OAA) online lottery system. Online lottery applications may be submitted for the upcoming school year from the first Wednesday in April through the last student contact day of the current school year. All applications submitted to the lottery system by the last student contact day are added to waitlists in accordance with OAA lottery priorities - seat availablility is unknown until the first ten days of the fall semester. The Elementary OAA lottery process will close after the last student contact day until thefirst week of August (August 8 in 2019), at which point parents can use the lottery system to add their children's names to the bottom of the waitlist in the order received. Elementary OAA space at schools is very limited: most elementary schools will not have any space for out of area students.

    Some important considerations:
    • The out-of-attendance area online lottery application process for the next school year opens on the first Wednesday in April and closes on the last student contact day in May during the current school year. Paper copies of the out-of-attendance area form will be accepted during the same time frame. Submit paper applications at the school you wish your child to attend, with the exception of kindergartners. Paper applications for OAA in kindergarten are to be submitted at the student's area school. Paper applications are submitted into the online lottery system by school staff.

    • After the last student contact day, the lottery will be closed to new applications. Parents can submit a "late" OAA application through the lottery system beginning in August. "Late" indicates that the application will be accepted, but will not be part of the lottery that produces the initial waitlist. Late applications will be added to the bottom of the desired school's grade level waitlist in the order submitted. 

    • Students do not need to apply every year if granted OAA enrollment through the lottery process - unless the student 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 or late in order to accommodate a transportation arrangement.

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

    • Permanent placement decisions will be made as early as possible in the fall, though some schools may need up to two weeks after the start of school to place OAA students. No additional applications can be made through the lottery system after second quarter of the desired school year. Students admitted OAA after Quarter 2 must apply through the lottery system for a chance to attend the OAA school in the following year.
    • Each application is only valid for one lottery year.  

Out-of-Attendance Area FAQ

  • Due to the need to maintain pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) in accordance with school board policy, schools must follow established 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 class sizes at those schools. This is noted in School Board Policy and administrative regulation AR 960.31. Elementary OAA space is very limited: most elementary schools will not have any space for out of area students.

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

    An Out-of-Attendance Area (OAA) application is required whenever a parent wishes their student to attend a regular enrollment district school that is not in their home transportation area. Visit http://busstop.k12northstar.org/elinkrp/search.aspx to determine the area schools for your home address. Several district schools have strictly lottery-based enrollment: there is no OAA enrollment at these schools.

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

    For the best chances, an Out-of-Attendance Area lottery application should be submitted to the online lottery system in the spring of the current school year to request OAA enrollment in the fall of the next school year. The OAA lotteries are open for applications from the first Wednesday of April through the last student contact day in May. Late applications are accepted beginning in August prior to the start of school through the end of the second quarter. Late applications will be added to the waitlist generated by the lottery system in the order in which they are submitted. Spring OAA enrollment: Students who join the district at an out of area school in the spring, or whose family moves out of area during the school year, may submit a paper application to the OAA school to complete the current year. Admission under these circumstances is not considered to be placement via the lottery system and thus does not imply continuing placement at the OAA school for subsequent years. To continue at the OAA school in the next year, spring OAA enrollees must apply through the lottery system.

    What does the Out-of-Attendance Area application process entail? 

    • Parent fills out the OAA form online or submits a paper copy in the spring at the school they want their child to attend in the fall, except for kindergarten students. Kindergarten students register at their neighborhood school and may fill out the OAA form during the OAA application window. The neighborhood school will forward the OAA form to the requested school. 

      Schools receiving OAA lottery applications will verify the information parents submitted (date of birth, residence address, etc.).

    • Each school will try to make a determination on OAA applications as early as possible in the fall, but some schools may need up to two weeks after the start of school to determine availability due to class sizes at that school. Students already enrolled in the district are expected to enroll at their area school while waiting for an OAA determination to be made so that the student doesn't miss instruction.

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

    • If a child is unsuccessful the OAA school through the lottery process for a given year, the parent must submit a new OAA application each subsequent year that the parent continues to seek OAA enrollment for the child.

    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 for which 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?

    Provided that your child obtained their OAA seat through the lottery system, s/he may remain at the school through the highest grade level offerred unless: you withdraw, transportation or attendance become an issue, or the next grade level is only available by enrollment lottery.  Attendance at middle school is based on where you physically live, but several K-8 options schools offer enrollment in grade 7 & 8 through their enrollment lotteries for those grade levels.

    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 during the lottery process that takes place over the summer. Applications submitted in August through December are added in the order in which they are submitted, without regard to sibling status.

    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 3 - May 17, 2019
    Out-of-attendance area online lottery requests may be submitted for the 2019-20 school year.

Last Modified on May 29, 2019