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    "Open Enrollment"

    Does anyone fully understand the "open enrollment" that some schools claim?

    Does this apply to academics only, or does open enrollment make a player living outside of a district or out of county eligible somehow?

    We were discussing this the other night and no one seemed to have a full grip on the rule of "open enrollment".

    I really did not see how an open enrollment would be fully accepted in a district. It would seem to make a sham out of transfer rules for athletics, IMO.
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    Kenton County Public has open enrollment (Scott, Dixie, SK) and can only think of a few athletes from the two other schools that have been major contributors for SK while living out of SK's natural boundaries.

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    Does open enrollment pertain to the one county resident students, or can open enrollment be open for 2 or more counties, NF?

    I know of one situation we discussed in which the school that was being transfered into was both out of the county and had an open enrollment, but the school being transfered from would not release the kid until address validation was received. It seemed odd to me that if the open enrollment was legit that the other school could put a hold on the transfer.... With open enrollment, the kid should have been able to live across the street from the school he left and still enroll where he wanted, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DADDY CAT View Post
    Does open enrollment pertain to the one county resident students, or can open enrollment be open for 2 or more counties, NF?

    I know of one situation we discussed in which the school that was being transfered into was both out of the county and had an open enrollment, but the school being transfered from would not release the kid until address validation was received. It seemed odd to me that if the open enrollment was legit that the other school could put a hold on the transfer.... With open enrollment, the kid should have been able to live across the street from the school he left and still enroll where he wanted, right?
    In that situation the transfer rules would still apply. Kid would have to sit a year unless he had a change of address.

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    That was the hypothetical situation we were discussing. The kid lives in another city and another county over (in the shadow of the other school), but attends a school where there is supposedly "open enrollment" in another town and county and plays ball. The example we used was probably a 30 minute trip each way.

    BUT, just the last year, a kid moved from the same city and county over to the open enrollment school and had to wait for his change of address to come through. Legit change of address.

    So, had he stayed put and not moved, he would have been eligible to go to the open enrollment school, but by moving he could not until change of address was established? That is weird.

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    I guess what I am saying is that if a kid lives in District A, but can play unencumbered by the transfer rules in District B, WHY would anyone not go Open Enrollment? Seems win-win for the better programs....

    Its even better if you are a parent or guardian and your school tax rates could be higher if you went to school B. Don't move, avoid the higher tax, Livin' Large!

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    I think folks are confusing open enrollment and the transfer rule interplay. If you played one second of varsity sports and you transfer to another school you are ineligible for one year (unless one of the exceptions are met) even if you transfer to an open enrollment school. Transferring to an open enrollment school is not an exception. Actually open enrollment has nothing to do with the KHSAA. The change of address does because one of the listed exceptions is a permanent bona fide change of address.

    Open enrollment is a school district policy that determines who is eligible to attend that school. If you attend the school you are eligible under the school's policy to participate in athletics and other extra curricular programs. School districts like Kenton County, as I understand it, have a true open enrollment policy. If you live any where in the school district, you can attend any high school in the school district.

    Some schools like Highlands have a sort of modified open enrollment policy in that they will allow out of district students to attend if there is room in the classes. If you live out of district and your home school district has a reciprocity agreement with Highlands, Highlands does not charge you tuition (because pursuant to the reciprocity agreement, Highlands would get the state money). If there is no reciprocity (and thus Highlands does not get the state money to educate you) Highlands charges tuition.

    Again, the open enrollment policy really doesn't affect the transfer rule however. The transfer rule only comes into play if you played one second or more of varsity sports at your former school. If you did and you transfer, even to a school under an open enrollment policy, you are ineligible unless the KHSAA determines that an exception has been met.

    Hope that helps. If not, let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatherneck View Post
    I think folks are confusing open enrollment and the transfer rule interplay. If you played one second of varsity sports and you transfer to another school you are ineligible for one year (unless one of the exceptions are met) even if you transfer to an open enrollment school. Transferring to an open enrollment school is not an exception. Actually open enrollment has nothing to do with the KHSAA. The change of address does because one of the listed exceptions is a permanent bona fide change of address.

    Open enrollment is a school district policy that determines who is eligible to attend that school. If you attend the school you are eligible under the school's policy to participate in athletics and other extra curricular programs. School districts like Kenton County, as I understand it, have a true open enrollment policy. If you live any where in the school district, you can attend any high school in the school district.

    Some schools like Highlands have a sort of modified open enrollment policy in that they will allow out of district students to attend if there is room in the classes. If you live out of district and your home school district has a reciprocity agreement with Highlands, Highlands does not charge you tuition (because pursuant to the reciprocity agreement, Highlands would get the state money). If there is no reciprocity (and thus Highlands does not get the state money to educate you) Highlands charges tuition.

    Again, the open enrollment policy really doesn't affect the transfer rule however. The transfer rule only comes into play if you played one second or more of varsity sports at your former school. If you did and you transfer, even to a school under an open enrollment policy, you are ineligible unless the KHSAA determines that an exception has been met.

    Hope that helps. If not, let me know.
    With which school districts does Highlands have this agreement?

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    As leatherneck said, open enrollment has no effect on the KHSAA transfer rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooperstown View Post
    With which school districts does Highlands have this agreement?
    I honestly don't know. Maybe none now. I think they had some in the past.

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    You must complete an application requesting open enrollment for elementary, middle school or high school students in Kenton County. The school you are requesting your child to be moved to must have room for the student at their grade level. There is no guarantee the transfer will be granted. You must also complete a new application each and every year. Again, there is no guarantee they will continue to be allowed to attend the school requested.

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    The entire FIVCO Area (Greenup County, Boyd County, Lawrence County, Carter County, and Elliott County) has open enrollment. The big advantage to open enrollment is that the ADA money follows the student, if all the school districts agree to it, as in the FIVCO area. A student can live anywhere in the FIVCO area and attend any school in the FIVCO area (Greenup County, Raceland, Russell, Ashalnd, Boyd County, Fairview, East Carter, West Carter, Lawrence County, and Elliott County), and the ADA money follows that student. And all the schools have a "No Tuition" agreement. Everyone's school taxes still go to the school district that they live in, but the ADA money does follow.

    As far as athletics go, open enrollment has nothing to do with it. All the KHSAA Bylaws still apply to every athlete. If you go to a school before eligibility has been established and transfer, you are eligible to play, if you have already established eligibility, they have to abide by the Bylaws to regain your eligibility, just like any other student that transfers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatherneck View Post
    I honestly don't know. Maybe none now. I think they had some in the past.
    Now this is from years ago when I was in high school so I'll need confirmation that it still is this way, but if you lived in Southgate you could go to Campbell, Newport, or Highlands. Also you can live in any school district in Campbell Co. and still be able to go to Campbell Co. HS. How common is that through the state? Like everyone's said, I don't think it alters the transfer rules at all but is does shake things up when going from 8th to 9th grade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaViking View Post
    You must complete an application requesting open enrollment for elementary, middle school or high school students in Kenton County. The school you are requesting your child to be moved to must have room for the student at their grade level. There is no guarantee the transfer will be granted. You must also complete a new application each and every year. Again, there is no guarantee they will continue to be allowed to attend the school requested.
    Thanks GaViking for the clarification.

    In regards to some info I posted earlier about Highlands: I was told by a reliable source that even if a student comes from a school with a reciprocity agreement with Highlands and the ADA money follows the student, Highlands still charges tuition; just a reduced amount (I think approx $1,800). If there is no reciprocity agreement and the ADA money doesn't follow, then I believe the tuition is approx $4,500. Don't quote me on those two numbers, but I think they are close.

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