Statewide enrollment options, or “open enrollment” can be a school district’s greatest ally or worst enemy, depending on whether it is the beneficiary of additional students or it is feeling the effects of a resident student deficit. For example, in the 2020-2021 school year, 9.9% of Minnesota students were open enrolled.
While working to attract new families to your district is one strategy for a healthy school, retention of your resident students is another component that cannot be overlooked. The strategies may have some overlap, but they are not always the same. However, both rely on a sound, consistent approach.
Like it or not, open enrollment is likely here to stay, there’s a multitude of reasons why families open enroll in, but if a resident family open-enrolls out, your district needs to know why and try to control it. Here are 10 ideas you can start using today.
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