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Open Enrollment

Orono Schools also welcomes students through the Statewide Enrollment Options program, also known as “open enrollment” (OE). This program gives students the opportunity to apply for enrollment in a school outside their resident district boundaries.

2023-24 school year

If you have questions about your open enrollment application for the 2023-24 school year, please email

2024-25 school year

Here are the application dates and deadlines for the 2024-25 school year:

  • Orono Schools will begin accepting Open Enrollment applications for the 2024-25 school year on September 1, 2023. You can download the form, below. 
  • The state has set an open enrollment application deadline of January 15 each year. After the deadline, open enrollment applications will be placed on a waiting list. Students will be invited to enroll in Orono Schools on a space-available basis. Thank you!

24-25 Open enrollment applicatiON


Enrollment office

Open Enrollment (OE) Timeline

The district held a Prospective Student Open House on November 16, 2023.

January 15, 2024
 is the final date to download and submit the state OE application to the District Office (a separate application is needed for each child). Applications received after this date will be placed on a waiting list.

The district notifies OE families of approval/wait list. If approved, confirmation is required from the family before the registration packet is provided.

If enrolling, return the registration packet forms and supporting materials as soon as possible. 

Late August
Enrolled students will receive their teacher assignment via ParentVUE, bus information, Kindergarten Orientation information, and school supply list. Each school holds a back-to-school event to drop off supplies, meet teachers, find their locker, etc. That information will be communicated through the school buildings and on the district website. 

Grades 1-12 typically start school on the Tuesday after Labor Day with Kindergarten students beginning the Wednesday after Labor Day. However, start dates are subject to change. The school year summary calendar provides exact dates.

Completing your child's enrollment

The district will request additional documentation based on your family's needs. 

Birth certificate or passport

The district will make a copy of your child's birth certificate or passport. 

Immunization record

State law requires that all parents or guardians of students in Kindergarten through grade 12 provide written proof of their child’s immunization against the following diseases: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis a.k.a. whooping cough); Polio, Varicella (chicken pox); MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella); HBV (Hepatitis B)

Children will not be allowed to attend school until a record of the month, day and year of each of the required immunizations have been provided. Families that object to immunizations must provide a notarized declination form. Please visit for all required immunization information. Questions regarding immunizations can also be directed to the district nurse at 952-449-8317.

Early Childhood Screening

All children in the state of Minnesota are required to complete an Early Childhood Screening prior to kindergarten enrollment. Early Childhood Screening is a free check of your child’s development including hearing, vision, communication skills, motor skills and social-emotional development. Documentation of an Early Childhood Screening, completed by our district or a different district, is required.

To schedule an Early Childhood Screening appointment, you can:

Email or
Call 952-746-5815 and leave a message with your name, email address, and your child’s name

Transcript from previous schools

Please provide a copy of transcript or grades from previous schools and test results, if available. If not available, please provide the name and address of the last school attended so we can request records.

Additional Documentation

Parents/guardians should also provide additional documentation, if applicable:

  • Custody order: If your legal guardianship is determined by a court order, please submit a copy.
  • Gifted evaluation: If you are requesting placement or an evaluation for an advanced course, please submit documentation (report cards and state test scores) for the program coordinator.
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan: If your student has an IEP or 504 Plan, providing a copy of the plan and Educational/Psychological Assessment Report will help us determine your student’s proper placement in a timely manner.
  • Legal name change: All student records need to show the student’s full legal name. If the student’s name has been legally changed, please provide a copy of the court document.
  • Order for Protection: If there is a current circumstance that we need to be aware of, please provide a copy of the legal document.


For more information about transportation by school bus, please contact Orono Schumann Elementary and Orono Intermediate School use the CarRiderPro system to efficiently move cars through the pick-up line at dismissal. Please contact Orono Schumann Elementary or Intermediate School for details if you are new to the district. 

Open Enrollment FAQs