Open Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Open Enrollment?

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    Open enrollment refers to the process of applying to a school zoned for an address other than the physical address in which the student currently resides, also referred to as an “out-of-zone” school. The Open Enrollment process is designed to give parents an option to choose from schools that may more closely align with the needs of their child(ren).

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  • Who can participate in Open Enrollment?

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    Any Richmond City resident, including students who do not currently attend Richmond Public Schools, may apply to schools via Open Enrollment. 

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  • My child attends a school through previous Open Enrollment. Do they need to reapply?

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    No. Students who are already enrolled at an RPS school via a previous year's Open Enrollment process do not need to reapply to attend that school next year.

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  • How can I choose a different school for my child to attend?

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    Each year students may participate in a process entitled “Open Enrollment”.  The application period for this process will begin in December. Parents may select up to three schools “out-of-zone” to attend.  These students are then placed in a lottery for the 2020 - 2021 school year.  A student’s acceptance is based upon the student’s lottery position and school enrollment capacity for “out-of-zone” applicants at each grade level.  For further information please visit the Pupil Placement Services web page which can be found under “Departments” on the main web page.  You may also contact the Office of Pupil Placement Services at (804)-780-7811.

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  • How many schools may a student apply to?

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    Parents may apply for up to three schools through Open Enrollment. There is no limit to the number of specialty schools to which a student may apply, though students may only apply to specialty schools for which they are eligible.

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  • What school zone do I live in?

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    Each residence in the city of Richmond has a zoned school at the elementary (K-5), middle (6-8), and high school (9-12) levels.  The zoned school is based upon the physical address where that student lives. Click the link below to use your address to identify your current zoned school. Please note that the map linked below currently reflects new SY20-21 school zones.

    Locate your child's school by address

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  • Is transportation provided under Open Enrollment?

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    Currently, transportation is not provided for students attending a school through Open Enrollment. Students attending Maggie L. Walker and Appomattox Regional Governor's Schools receive transportation through the district's hub transportation system.

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  • Can I apply to comprehensive high schools via Open Enrollment?

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    Yes. Students who will be in high school in SY20-21 can apply to attend a comprehensive high school other than their zone school via Open Enrollment. Applications for Specialty Schools have separate school-specific processes (more information can be found on the Specialty School page).

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  • My student is a rising 5th, 8th, or 12th grader. Can they stay at their current school next year?

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    Yes. Students who will be in the 5th, 8th, and 12th grade next year will be allowed to remain at their current school regardless of whether their zone has changed due to rezoning. Other students, including siblings of students in this scenario, are required to attend their new zone schools or apply for entry at other schools through Open Enrollment. Information about how to indicate enrollment decisions will be shared with affected students no later than January 24, 2020.

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  • When does Open Enrollment close?

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    Open Enrollment applications will be accepted until February 4th, 2020 at 4:30PM.

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  • I received multiple seat offers. Can I accept more than one?

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    No. Students can only accept one seat offer; however, students may elect to remain on the wait list at multiple schools. The decision to accept an initial seat offer and/or remain on a wait list must be made by March 20, 2020 in the online portal.

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  • What if my child is not offered a seat at any school for which they applied?

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    If a student is not offered a seat at any school for which they applied (either via the Open Enrollment Lottery or through the Specialty School application process), the student must attend their zone school, which is based upon the residence where the student lives. If you do not know your SY2020-2021 zone school, please click here to locate it.

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  • If I receive an offer from the wait list, what are my next steps?

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    If you were originally on a waitlist but later receive a seat offer, you may accept that seat offer by logging into the Enroll RPS platform and selecting "Accept Placement". Doing so will decline any previously accepted offer, if applicable. You will receive an email notifying you of any changes to your wait list status and will have 10 business days to make an acceptance decision from the date of receiving the email.

     

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  • Who do I call for more information?

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    Please call (804)-780-1850 with questions about Open Enrollment. We look forward to  hearing  from you!

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