2018-2019 Open Enrollment Information

The Oberlin City Schools Board of Education policy along with Ohio law, allows parents/guardians to enroll their children in a school within the  Oberlin  City  School  District rather than their district of residence by completing an open enrollment application and being approved by the incoming district.

Open enrollment applications are filled on a first-come, first served basis, according to space.


While consideration will be given to new applicants having siblings already enrolled in Oberlin City Schools, approval for one child in a family does not guarantee approval for siblings in the same family.   Applications are approved in the same manner as other students.


We are pleased that you and your child have an interest in attending the Oberlin City School District. The number of new students living in Oberlin continues to grow.   This growth limits our capacity to accept open enrollment students each year.

 Please be aware the only way to assure placement in our district is to be a permanent resident.

 We anticipate a growing number of residential students and less available space for open enrollment students.

 Special Education classes at Oberlin Schools are at capacity and there will not be accepted into these classes for the ‘18-’19 school year.


March 26, 2018 - Begin accepting applications at 8:00 a.m. in the Administrative Office located at 153 North Main Street.  Hand-delivery is strongly recommended to ensure receipt and accuracy of documents can be confirmed. Documents that are mailed or faxed are at your own risk. Applications will NOT be accepted prior March 26, 2018.


May 31, 2018- Open Enrollment application DEADLINE is 3:00 p.m.


June 1 – July 31, 2018 Grades PreK, 1-12 – Acceptance/rejection letters mailed


August 1 – 23, 2018 Kindergarten - Acceptance/rejection letters mailed


10 Days after Notice – Parent/Guardian completes acceptance agreement and returns to the Superintendent along with attachments when required


What is open enrollment? A parent/guardian residing in an Ohio school district may enroll their child in a school in the Oberlin City School District without paying tuition, provided they comply with open enrollment deadlines and procedures and their student is accepted by the Oberlin City School District. This is called Inter-district open enrollment. Forms must be completed and approved for Inter-district open enrollment.


How do I apply? You may pick up an open enrollment application from our school district’s administration office (on or after March 26) or online at the following link http://www.oberlinschools.net/


What is the deadline for filing for open enrollment? Forms must be hand-delivered to the Oberlin

City School District Superintendent’s Office, between March 26th   (last Monday in March) and May

31st   of the school year preceding the school year for which open enrollment is requested. Open enrollment is filled on a first-come, first-served basis, according to space, so it is important to file your application as early as possible.


Do I need to file an individual application for each child? Yes.


Do I need to reapply each year that my child attends school in the Oberlin City School District under open enrollment? Yes.


Will the district provide transportation for my child? Transportation is provided only within the Oberlin City School District at our district’s designated bus stops granted there is space available on that particular route and a request form has been completed and approved.


Can my request be denied? A request may be denied if filing deadlines are not met, if there is no classroom or program space for the student, incomplete application or if the student is under expulsion from his/her current school district.


Is there any cost involved? There is no tuition charge for open enrolled children. However, parents are responsible for any and all miscellaneous fees for participation in courses, classes, or activities, the same as resident students are expected to pay.  Parents are responsible for allowable PSEO and Dual Enrollment charges.


Will my child be eligible to participate in athletics? High school pupils who transfer from one school district to another under open enrollment may lose athletic eligibility.  The applicant cannot participate in athletic practices until they have been officially accepted for admission and parent has indicated acceptance of transfer in addition to an ELIGIBLE ruling by the OHSAA Commissioner’s Office.  For questions on athletic eligibility, please refer to the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s website www.ohsaa.org per OHSAA Bylaws.  If additional questions concerning these regulations remain, school principals or athletic administrators should contact the OHSAA.  You are strongly urged to become aware of these guidelines before applying for open enrollment.


Whom should I contact with further questions? You may contact Jacquie Dovin at 440-776-4551 or jdovin@oberlinschools.net or Pamela Carter at 440-776-4506 or pcarter@oberlinschools.net

1.  If you move from the school district you currently live in during the term of the open enrollment, it is your responsibility to notify the Oberlin City School District, Superintendent’s Office as well as the building in which your child attends. Continued enrollment is not guaranteed.  Parents are responsible for notifying the district of any changes related to the student’s record.


2.  Understand that your child must maintain acceptable discipline and attendance records as outlined in the student handbooks.  Should your student violate the policies and procedures s/he may have their open enrollment status revoked.


3.  Approval for one child in a family does not guarantee approval for other children in the same family.  Each child in a family must have an open enrollment request filed for him/her.


4.  Parents are urged to be aware of your student’s athletic eligibility prior to applying for open enrollment. For questions on athletic eligibility, please refer to the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s website www.ohsaa.org  or call the OHSAA at 614-267-2502.


5.  Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school in a timely manner. After students are approved for open enrollment, arrangements to meet at a district designated bus stop may be arranged through the transportation department by calling 440-776-4555 after August 15, 2018, and completing a request for transportation.


6.  All approved applications require parents/guardians to complete and submit a school enrollment packet that will be included in the Parent/Guardian Agreement and acceptance letter when applicable.


For details on any of the above items of information, please contact Jacquie Dovin at 440-776-4551 or jdovin@oberlinschools.net  or Pamela Carter at 440-776-4506 or pcarter@oberlinschools.net


The application form can be downloaded via the district website at http://www.oberlinschools.net/  or you may pick one up at the Administrative Office on/after March 26, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. at the Administrative Offices located at 153 North Main Street.  Hand-delivery is strongly recommended to ensure receipt and accuracy of documents can be confirmed. Documents that are mailed or faxed are at your own risk. Applications will NOT be accepted prior March 26, 2018.


Students new to Oberlin City Schools are required to submit a copy of their final 17-18 report card/transcript showing attendance as well as a statement from the district attended during the 17-18 school year stating that the student has not been suspended/expelled for more than five (5) days; this statement must reflect the entire 17-18 school year.  These documents do not need to accompany the original application for open enrollment but they must be received prior to June 30th  in order for a decision to be made.