Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Norwalk City School District
Hours: 7:30am – 4:00pm
134 Benedict Ave.
Norwalk, OH 44857

NCSD Open Enrollment

The Norwalk City School District's Board of Education accepts students through open enrollment from any district inMay 1 the state of Ohio. Acceptance is still on a first come first served basis. The enrollment application will be accepted from May 1 - July 1. Open enrollment must be approved prior to registration and accepted students must reapply every year. Any current student that moves outside the district during the school year should complete a mid-year application for open enrollment if they wish to remain enrolled.  
 
Applications can be:
  • emailed to Leona Lortcher ([email protected]) 
  • dropped off at 134 Benedict Ave. Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. or
  • mailed to 134 Benedict Ave., Norwalk, Ohio 44857 attn: Open Enrollment

Proof of residency must be submitted with all open enrollment applications. 
Please see below for proof of residency requirements.

 Proof of Residency

  • Home Owner – One of the following must be presented: Tax Bill, Mortgage Coupon, Insurance Statement, Declaration Pay Check Stub, Bank Statement, Signed Purchase Agreement with Occupancy Date, or any other official documentation deemed appropriate by the superintendent that is issued to the parent or student and includes the address of the parent’s or student’s primary residence.

  • Tenant – Signed Lease Agreement with Property Owner


If you have questions, please contact Leona Lortcher at [email protected] or 419-660-1805. 
 
Open Enrollment applications are accepted May 1 through July 1 for the subsequent school year.  Early applications will not be accepted. (Please Note - Applications must be downloaded. Once downloaded, you can then complete the application before you email it.)

Board of Education Open Enrollment Policy

 
INTER-DISTRICT OPEN ENROLLMENT
 
The Board of Education permits the enrollment of students from all other districts in accordance with the terms, conditions, and procedures established in this policy.
 
Application Procedures
 
The deadline for submission of an open enrollment application is July 1st. Notification of a student and the superintendent of the applicable district whenever an open enrollment student’s application is approved shall occur by August 1st.
 
An open enrollment applicant who has been admitted will not be subject to a tuition obligation. 

District Capacity Limits

The following capacity limits apply by grade level, school building, and education program:
 
Inter-district enrollment may be denied if the enrollment of the building grade level or section being requested at the receiving district exceeds the following:
 
 
Building Enrollment Limit
Grade Level Enrollment Limit
Section Enrollment Limit
 
League
 
Avg. of 25 students per classroom
Not to exceed avg. of 25 students per grade level
Not to exceed avg. of 25 students per section
 
Maplehurst
 
Avg. of 25 students per classroom
Not to exceed avg. of 25 students per grade level
Not to exceed avg. of 25 students per section
 
Pleasant
 
Avg. of 25 students per classroom
Not to exceed avg. of 25 students per grade level
Not to exceed avg. of 25 students per section

Middle School
 
Avg. of 25 students per homeroom
Shall be established on a course by course basis
Shall be established on a course by course basis

High School

Avg. of 25 students per homeroom
Shall be established on a course by course basis
Shall be established
on a course by course basis
Main Street School


Avg. of 25 students per classroom

Not to exceed avg. of 25 students per grade

Not to exceed
avg. of 25 students per section

 
All native students wishing to be enrolled in the District will be enrolled. Any other district students previously enrolled in the District shall receive preference over first-time applicants.
 
The District shall monitor its enrollment of students to ensure that an appropriate racial balance is maintained in the District’s schools, and may object to the enrollment of a native student in an adjacent or other district in order to maintain an appropriate racial balance.
 
Except as provided in O.R.C. §3313.982, the District shall not deny admission to an open enrollment applicant based on the following:
 
1.  Any requirement of academic ability, or any level of athletic, artistic, or other extracurricular skills;
 
2.  Limitations on admitting applicants because of disability, except that the Board may refuse to admit a student receiving services under Chapter 3323 of the Ohio Revised Code if the services described in the student’s IEP are not available in the District;
 
3.  A requirement that the student be proficient in the English language;
 
4.  Rejection of any applicant because the student has been subject to disciplinary proceedings, except that if an applicant has been suspended or expelled by the student’s district for 10 consecutive days or more in the term for which admission is sought or in the term immediately preceding the term for which admission is sought, the Board may deny admission of such applicant.
 
The District shall provide information about this policy, including the application procedures and deadlines, upon request, to the board of education of any other school district or to the parent of any student anywhere in the state.
 
The Board shall accept all credits toward graduation earned in other district schools by an other district student or by a native student.
 
LEGAL REFS: O.R.C. §3313.98
 
Adopted: September 20, 2022
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