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Open Enrollment for Schools

School Choice: Open Enrollment for Schools

Students who wish to attend a school other than their neighborhood school—the one assigned to them by geographic boundaries—may apply to transfer to another school by submitting an Open Enrollment request online.

School transfers are approved when space is available and on a first-come, first-served basis, and parents can submit an application online, from the comfort of their home or office.

In Canyons District, there are two open enrollment periods: Early Open Enrollment and Late Open Enrollment. The Early Open Enrollment period is the recommended time to enroll for the next school year. Late Open Enrollment is generally, but not always, for the current school year and may be applied for at any time.

Open Enrollment The Open Enrollment period extends from Dec. 1 through the third Friday in February each year. Approved transfer requests shall become effective the following school year, beginning on the first day of school. 

Late/Provisional Enrollment The Late or Provisional Enrollment Period Transfer Requests can be filed at any time. Approved transfer requests shall become effective the following school year or the current year, as indicated on the request form. 

Once a school administrator approves a transfer permit, the permit will renew automatically every year thereafter as long as the student remains at the same school and their permit is not revoked. Permits must be renewed when a student advances from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school.

Open-enrollment permit requests can be submitted at most CSD schools. The exceptions are Corner Canyon High and Willow Springs Elementary, which have been placed on moratorium status by the Canyons Board of Education. This means students who don’t live within the schools’ boundaries, if they aren’t already enrolled, won’t be allowed to enroll for the coming school year.

The school administrator of the requested school shall accept the transferring student subject to the following:
  1. Space, staff, and programs are available to accommodate the student.
  2. The student has not committed serious infractions of the law or school rules, including rules of the requested school/district.
  3. The student has not been guilty of chronic misbehavior which would, if it were to continue after the student was admitted, endanger persons or property, cause serious disruptions in the school, or place unreasonable burdens on school’s staff.
  4. The school administrator may allow provisional enrollment of a nonresident student with prior behavior problems when conditions have been set under which the student would be permitted to enroll or continue.
The school administrator shall provide notification of acceptance or rejection to the student’s parent/guardian on or before March 1 for open enrollment transfer requests and within two weeks of receipt of the late/provisional enrollment transfer request.

Special Program Permit Applications Students accepted into the SALTA magnet program for advanced learners do not need to fill out Open Enrollment permits. The same is true for students who are newly enrolled in Dual-Language immersion programs. But once immersion students advance from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school, they will need to fill out Open Enrollment permits if they wish to attend an out-of-boundary school. Those permits are handled through a separate process by the Instructional Supports Department.

School Choice Open Enrollment
Frequently Asked Questions

When is the School Choice Open Enrollment window for the 2018-2019 school year?  
Canyons District’s Open Enrollment period starts on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at 9 a.m. and ends on Friday, Feb. 16 at the close of business. Applications can be completed online.

What if I speak a language other than English?
The online application form can be completed in English, Spanish and French. Simply indicate your language of choice by using the drop-down menu located in the upper righthand corner of the application page. If you need an additional language, please contact the office of Planning and Enrollment for assistance, 801-826-5181.

Where can I go for assistance in completing the online application?
Tutorials explaining how to complete the online application are offered in English, Spanish and French. You may access the tutorials via the Online Application Portal.

How long will it take after I apply to find out if my student is accepted?
After you have submitted your Open Enrollment application, your school of choice should approve or deny it within 10 calendar days. Conversely, if you receive an email stating that your child has been accepted, you will have 10 calendar days to confirm the acceptance. You will receive three email notices to remind you that the 10-day window is closing. Once the 10-day window has closed, the permit invitation will be rescinded, and you will have to reapply to that school.

What if I applied to multiple schools?
Once you confirm an acceptance email, all other applications that you have submitted will be rescinded.

Can I submit a paper application directly to my school of choice?  
Paper applications are no longer available.