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Open Enrollment

What is Open Enrollment?

It is the option for parents to have their child attend another school outside of their resident school district.
Example: A family that lives in another school district like St Clair School District that has a child in kindergarten through 12th grade may apply for Open Enrollment for their child to attend Mankato Area Public Schools. 

What is NOT Open Enrollment?

  • Residing in the Mankato Area Public School district boundary is considered an Attendance Exception. Click here to go to Attendance Exception page.
    • Example of Attendance Exception: XXX Tanager Path, Mankato, is within the district boundaries and would be zoned to attend Rosa Parks, PWMS and East High School. 
    • To apply to attend a West side school or a different elementary school you would need to submit an Attendance Exception form which is due by April 1st prior to the upcoming school year.

Deadlines for Open Enrollment

Applications must be sent to the nonresident district by January 15 in order to enroll beginning the following school year. Or, if the student, family or parent moved into the resident district on or later than December 1.

A nonresident agreement form is used when an open enrollment cannot be used. A nonresident agreement is first signed by the resident district and then by the district the student wishes to attend.

When you complete the open enrollment application, you are applying to the District, not a particular school or program. You will have the opportunity to include your top three choices on the form - for kindergarten, please include your top 3 building preferences. These will be taken into consideration and you will be notified of available building/program by email by Feb. 15th.

Please use one of the two fillable applications below depending on the situation (specified below). Once completed, please email the form to

Open Enrollment Form Use this form for grades K-12 and Early Childhood Special Education by Jan. 15th prior to the next school year OR if you have recently moved outside the district.
Non Resident Agreement Form Use after Jan. 15th prior to the upcoming school year. If you moved after the Jan. 15th deadline please use the Open Enrollment form above.

If you have not completed the online registration process for a new student, please go to our Resident Registration page. Click here to start the process.

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Mankato, MN 56002-8741
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