Open Enrollment

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    Open Enrollment is for students who live outside of Lakeville Area Schools boundaries, but wish to attend school in the district. Minnesota Statute 124D.03 allows all Minnesota’s public school students the opportunity to apply to attend school outside of the school district where they live.

    Please note: Per Minnesota Statute, a School Board may limit, by resolution, nonresident enrollment in its schools or programs if open enrollment exceeds one percent of the total enrollment at each grade level in the district. Currently, across Lakeville Area Schools, the current percentage of open enrolled students exceeds the one percent rule by grade level, ranging anywhere from 4 percent to 9.5 percent.

    Open Enrollment was closed for the 2020-21 school year based on the following percentages:

    • Kindergarten was capped at 4% of the grade level
    • Grades 1-8 was capped at 5% of the grade level
    • Grades 9-12 was capped at 8% of the grade level

    The district was required by the State to give priority to enrolling siblings of currently enrolled students, students whose applications were related to an approved integration and achievement plan, and children of the school district’s staff. Children who were open-enrolled into the district’s early-childhood special education programs were also given priority.

Application Process

Information Sessions

  • While waiting for a decision regarding your Open Enrollment application, you are welcome to attend Information Sessions scheduled at your first-choice school, with the understanding that your student may or may not be offered a spot in the district or approved for that school. If you submit paperwork at a school other than where your student might end up being placed, the paperwork can be easily transferred to the school building of placement.

    Please contact your first-choice school for upcoming information sessions.


Once Open Enrolled, Am I Required to Apply Every Year?

  • Approval into the District is permanent through your child's graduation. However, when your student transitions to the next level building, you will need to submit a new application. Although we give high priority to allowing students to transition with their peers provided space is available in that school building, if space is not available, open enrolled students will be offered placement into one of the other school buildings within the district.

    An Open Enrollment Application would also be required if a student’s primary residence address were to change to a different resident district than the one they lived in when they were originally accepted into the district.


  • Now Taking Applications for Open Enrollment

    The district is now accepting Open Enrollment applications for the 2021-22 school year.

    Placement in Lakeville Area Schools is not first come first served, is not guaranteed, and building placement takes months to determine (if you have not received placement assignment by May 2021, you may contact

    We will communicate as soon as we are able should there be schools and grade levels that will not be options due to exceedingly high enrollment numbers, as we have experienced in the past several years. It is recommended that you indicate more than one school choice on your application.

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  • As of May 1, 2020, additional Open Enrollment requests for elementary (K-5) and middle school (grades 6-8) placements are closed for the 2020-21 school year. There are limited High School (grades 9-12) spots available. Please note that school building preference is not guaranteed. The School Board based this decision on carefully adhering to the mandates below.

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