Open Enrollment

Policy and Applications

Our objective as a district is to be as accommodating as possible, however, because of class size limitations, applications must be juried on criteria such as medical or legal reasons, documented change of address, sibling or parent in the same building, etc.

The Office of the Superintendent
Dubuque Community School District
2300 Chaney Road
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

In District Open Enrollment

Review the In-District Open Enrollment Policy prior to completing an application.

In-District Open Enrollment Policy #6218 (PDF)

Please note the deadline for submission of applications to the superintendent’s office.

To be sure that your application is processed, do not submit applications to a school. Instead, mail or deliver directly to the District Office (The Forum) at 2300 Chaney Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52001.

Open Enrollment 2017-2018 School Year (CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR ONLY)

Application forms are also available at the District Office (The Forum) at 2300 Chaney Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52001.

Elementary (K-5)

Secondary (6-12)

Open Enrollment 2018-2019 School Year (NEXT SCHOOL YEAR)

Elementary (K-5)

Secondary (6-12)

All applications received after deadline may be filed for action after registration with decisions communicated prior to the start of school.

District to District (inter-district) Open Enrollment

Parents or guardians requesting open enrollment in or out of a school district must complete a State of Iowa application form that is available in the central office of all Iowa school districts. For additional information on this topic, you can consult the Iowa Department of Education’s website.

The completed form must be filed with both the resident and receiving district by March 1 of the year preceding the school year for which open enrollment is desired. If the application is for a kindergarten student, file the application form with both districts on or before September 1 of the school year in which open enrollment is requested. In addition, certain “good cause” circumstances defined by state law are acceptable for a timeline waiver if the change occurred/began AFTER March 1.

Parents are responsible for transporting children that are open enrolled to another district. This applies to all students including those with an IEP. Students that open enroll in grades 9 through 12 shall not be eligible to participate in varsity contests and competitions during the first 90 school days of transfer.