Open Enrollment


Open enrollment is a program set up by the Arizona legislature requiring all school districts to allow students the opportunity to select a school of their choice if capacity permits. The district has an open enrollment program as defined in A.R.S. §15-816 et seq.

We base approval for open enrollment applications on school and grade level availability. Using current enrollment, the district determines each school’s student enrollment, projected growth, and available space. We will notify applicants of their acceptance or denial depending on the school capacity and if admission standards are met. 

Our Admission Standards

Enrollment priorities and procedures for selection shall be in the order and in accordance with the following: 

  1. Enrollment preferences shall be given to resident transfer pupils who were enrolled in the school the previous year and any sibling who would be enrolled concurrently with such. These pupils shall be selected through a random selection process adopted by regulation of the superintendent. 
  2. Enrollment preference shall be given to nonresident pupils who were enrolled in the school the previous year and any sibling who would be enrolled concurrently with such pupils. If capacity is not sufficient to enroll all of these pupils, they shall be selected through a random selection process adopted by regulation of the superintendent. 
  3. Enrollment preference shall be given to resident transfer pupils who were not enrolled in the school the previous year. If capacity is not sufficient to enroll all of these pupils, they shall be selected through a random selection process adopted by regulation of the superintendent. 
  4. Enrollment preference shall be given to nonresident pupils who were not enrolled in the school the previous year. If capacity is not sufficient to enroll all of these pupils, they shall be selected through a random selection process adopted by regulation of the superintendent. 

A pupil who has been expelled by any school district in this state or who is not in compliance with a condition of disciplinary action imposed by any other school or school district or with a condition imposed by the juvenile court shall not be admitted. Acceptance for enrollment may be revoked upon finding the existence of any of these conditions. 

A school shall not admit a pupil if the admission of the pupil would violate the provisions of a court order of desegregation or agreement by the school or district with the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights directed towards remediating alleged or proven racial discrimination. 

All applicants will be accepted if there is sufficient capacity. If there is insufficient capacity, applications will be selected from the submitted applications for enrollment in a school in accordance with a random selection process except where policy may indicate otherwise.

Our Acceptance Process

All applicants must submit enrollment applications on or before June 1 each year to be considered for enrollment for the next school year.

The district shall notify the emancipated pupil, parent, or legal guardian in writing by June 15 whether the applicant has been accepted, placed on a waiting list pending the availability of capacity, or rejected. The district shall also notify the resident school district of an applicant’s acceptance or placement on a waiting list. If the applicant is placed on a waiting list, the notification shall inform the emancipated pupil, parent, or legal guardian of enrollment in a school. If the pupil’s application is rejected, the reason for the rejection shall be stated in the notification.

Should there be excess capacity remaining for which no applications were submitted by the date established, the superintendent, upon approval by the board, shall authorize additional enrollment of nonresident pupils based on the following criteria: 

  1. Up to the determined capacity.
  2. On the basis of the order of the completed applications submitted after the notification date established in the policy. 
  3. Without regard to enrollment preferences. 
  4. As long as admission standards are met. 

Other Information

Many questions arise when one is considering applying for an open enrollment program. The information below will help you find answers to some of the issues you may be wondering about. 

Is transportation provided? 

  • Transportation is not provided to students on open enrollment status. 

Do I have to reapply for open enrollment every school year? 

  • Yes, approval for open enrollment applications is based on school and grade level availability.

If my child is currently attending a UESD school on open enrollment and is being promoted to middle school, do I need to apply again? 

  • Yes, if the middle school is not your school of residence you must apply again. Approval for open enrollment applications is based on grade level availability.

What happens if we originally resided in a UESD school attendance boundary and then move outside of the school boundary? 

  • A student currently attending a UESD school that lives in the school boundaries and then moves out of the school’s boundary must complete and submit an open enrollment application within 10 days of the change of residence. Failure to complete this process may result in the student being withdrawn at the natural grading period. If the student has displayed negative behaviors or has attendance issues, the school administrator may deny the open enrollment application or provide a warning letter at the time of approval.

Where do I obtain and submit an open enrollment application? 

  • Applications and procedures may be obtained using the two links English or Spanish or the Union Elementary School District office or at any one of our school office's where open enrollment is being considered. Once completed, applicants should submit their applications to the school they wish to enroll.