Frequently Asked Questions about enrollment

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) entry is designed to answer all of your questions related to enrollment in Anoka-Hennepin. It covers general information (how to enroll your child in school) as well as kindergarten, specialty schools, in-district transfer, open enrollment and the NorthWest Suburban Integration School District.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Enrollment: How to enroll your child

  • Choose a school.
  • Complete an application.
      -Kindergarten
      -Grades 1 through 5
      -Grades 6 through 12

Enrollment: General

  • I just moved to the district, which school will my child attend?
  • How do I enroll/register my child in the Anoka-Hennepin School District?
  • Where can I find contact information for Anoka-Hennepin schools?

Kindergarten: General

  • At what age can I enroll my child in kindergaten?
  • Do I need to have my child screened before kindergarten? 
  • What kind of kindergarten programs does Anoka-Hennepin offer? 
  • What do I need to do to register my child for kindergarten at my neighborhood school? When will I receive registration information? 
  • How do I register my child for kindergarten options? 
  • Which sites will offer the Kindergarten Extra option? 
  • Where can I download kindergarten related items? 

Kindergarten: Early Entrance

  • Is there a provision for early entrance into kindergarten?

Enrollment: In-district transfer and open enrollment

  • How do I enroll my child in a different school than the one he or she is assigned to?
  • In-district transfer explained.
  • Open enrollment explained.
  • When are open enrollment/in-district transfer applications available?

Enrollment: NorthWest Suburban Integration School District

  • What is the NorthWest Suburban Integration School District? 

Enrollment: Specialty schools  

  • Does the district offer schools with specialty focuses?
  • What's the difference between a NWSISD specialty school and an Anoka-Hennepin specialty school?
  • How can my child apply to attend a NWSISD specialty school?
  • How can my child apply to attend an Anoka-Hennepin specialty school?
  • How are specialty schools funded?


ENROLLMENT: HOW TO ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL
How do I enroll my child in school?
Step one - Choose a school
Anoka-Hennepin students are automatically assigned to the school that serves their address. However, the school district also offers families a number of choices for their children at all grade levels, including: specialty schools, in-district transfer and open enrollment.
Families wishing to visit a school should call the school and make arrangements with the principal.


Step two - Complete an application
Kindergarten

If your child is in our database, you will receive a letter in December informing you of:

  • The school your child is assigned to based on your home address.
  • Various kindergarten options available to your child, including specialty school choice.

You will also receive a letter in late winter/early spring from your school informing you of Kindergarten Registration Day at the school serving your address. You will register your child in conjunction with this event. If your child is not in our database:

  • Prior to Feb. 15, please call 763-506-1030 to provide information for our records.
  • Between Feb. 15 and June 15, please call the school serving your address to provide information for our records.
  • Between June 16 and July 30, please call 763-506-1030.
  • Between Aug. 1 and the start of school, please call the school serving your address. Download school addresses and phone numbers in PDF format.

If you do not live within Anoka-Hennepin but would like your child to attend an Anoka-Hennepin school, apply through Minnesota's Open Enrollment program.

Depending on the time of year, you will either be given information about completing registration or be placed on the list to receive a letter about Kindergarten Registration Day. View general kindergarten registration dates for the 2014-15 school year.

If you wish to apply for a NWSISD specialty school instead of having your child attend the school serving your neighborhood, get the NWSISD application.

Grades 1-5
To attend the school serving your address:

  • Between Aug. 1 and June 15, call the school serving your neighborhood.& Download school addresses and phone numbers in PDF format.
  • Between June 16 and July 31, call 763-506-1030.

To attend a school other than the one assigned to your addess:

  • Register for a NWSISD specialty school.
  • Apply to apply for in-district transfer to attend another Anoka-Hennepin school (including Anoka-Hennepin specialty schools).

If you do not live within Anoka-Hennepin but would like your child to attend an Anoka-Hennepin school, apply through Minnesota's Open Enrollment program.

Grades 6-12

  • Call the school serving your address. Download to download school addresses and phone numbers in PDF format.

To attend a school other than the one assigned to your addess:

  • Register for a NWSISD specialty school.
  • Apply to apply for in-district transfer to attend another Anoka-Hennepin school (including Anoka-Hennepin specialty schools).

If you do not live within Anoka-Hennepin but would like your child to attend an Anoka-Hennepin school, apply through Minnesota's Open Enrollment program.

Note: The application due date for the 2014-15 school year for specialty schools, in-district transfer and open enrollment was Jan. 15, 2014.


ENROLLMENT: GENERAL

I just moved to the district, which school will my child attend?
Our Information Systems Department can provide you with that information at 763-506-1030. Or use our "search by address" feature online via A-H Connect.

How do I enroll/register my child in the Anoka-Hennepin School District?
Parents/guardians can enroll their child in the Anoka-Hennepin School District by calling or visiting their child's new school (see above question for information on how to find out which school your child will attend). You will need to fill out the K-12 enrollment application, which you can do in person at the school.

Note: Elementary school offices are generally closed from June 16 through July 31. At that time, call our Information Systems Department at 763-506-1030 to enroll your child.

Where can I find contact information for Anoka-Hennepin schools?
Download
to download school addresses and phone numbers in PDF format. You can also
call the district office at 763-506-1000 or view schools' websites for contact information.


KINDERGARTEN: GENERAL
At what age can I enroll my child in kindergaten?
A child must be five (5) years on or before Sept. 1 of the year in which he or she enrolls. If a child attended a Montessori school, and the Montessori school certifies that the child has successfully completed kindergarten requirements, the parent should take the child to the public school with that information. Staff will review it and likely enroll the child in first grade.


Do I need to have my child screened before kindergarten? 
Minnesota law requires documentation of Early Childhood Screening prior to enrollment in kindergarten. Early Childhood Screening is an "early look" at a child's development. This screening should be completed at least one year before the child enters kindergarten. This service is provided at no cost to the family for all children who reside within Anoka-Hennepin School District boundaries. 

In addition to the developmental screening, the process includes hearing and vision, height and weight checks and referrals to other agencies when necessary. Appointments are available daily during school hours, and during early evening hours twice weekly. 

To schedule and appointment, please call 763-433-4833. If you prefer to have your health care provider complete the screening, call the Early Childhood Screening office at 763-433-4833 to obtain the necessary form for the doctor/clinic to complete. If your child has been screened through another district, please call the number above to arrange to have records transferred to the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
 
   
What kind of kindergarten programs does Anoka-Hennepin offer? 

In spring 2013, the Minnesota Legislature approved funding for all-day-every-day kindergarten beginning with the 2014-15 school year. Anoka-Hennepin is planning for implementation in all 24 elementary schools in fall 2014.

Note: Schools offering all-day-every-day kindergarten in 2013-14 are: Adams, Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy, Crooked Lake, Dayton, Eisenhower, Evergreen Park, Franklin, Hamilton, Hoover, Lincoln, Mississippi, Monroe, Morris Bye, Rum River, University Avenue and Wilson.


What do I need to do to register my child for kindergarten at my neighborhood school? When will I receive registration information? 
Anoka-Hennepin elementary schools typically host a kindergarten registration event between March and May. Registration information, along with an invitation to the event, is mailed out to families by schools a few weeks before the event.

If you don't receive an invitation from your neighborhood school, it means your child is not in the district database. Parents should call the Information Systems Department to have their child added to the district mailing list at 763-506-1030.
Contact your child's elementary school if you have general questions about kindergarten. 

Download school addresses and phone numbers in PDF format or view schools' websites for contact information. The registration dates for 2013-14 have passed (they were held March through May). Information for 2014-15 will be available in spring 2014.

Where can I download kindergarten related items? 
View the Kindergarten Information folder in the district's Document Center. This section contains applications, brochures and the kindergarten parent handbook in PDF format for parents/guardians to download.


Download school addresses and phone numbers in PDF format or view schools' websites for contact information.


KINDERGARTEN: EARLY ENTRANCE
Is there a provision for early entrance into kindergarten? 
Anoka-Hennepin does have a provision for early entrance into kindergarten. It is designed to address the needs of precocious learners turning five between Sept. 2 and Oct. 31. 

Those children who qualify for early entrance demonstrate emotional/social maturity, as well as superior aptitude and developmental levels, measuring a year to a year-and-a-half above their chronological-aged peers. The standards for early entrance are very high to ensure that students are not frustrated by their advanced grade placement.

Download the 2014-15 early entrance application (which is due by May 9, 2014). Download the early entrance frequently asked questions PDF.


ENROLLMENT: IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER AND OPEN ENROLLMENT

How do I enroll my child in a different school than the one he or she is assigned to? 

To attend a different school, the parent/guardian of an Anoka-Hennepin student can apply for one of two options: an in-district transfer to a school within the Anoka-Hennepin School District or open enrollment to another school district.

In-district transfer explained
The in-district transfer option is for a student who resides in the Anoka-Hennepin school district and wants to transfer to a different Anoka-Hennepin school from his or her regularly assigned school. For example, if a Blaine High School student wants to attend Coon Rapids High School, the parent or guardian must request an in-district transfer.

Families that apply during the application period (Dec. 1 through Jan. 15) will be considered first. If space is available (elementary sites only), families who applied after the deadline may be considered in late spring or early August if space opens up.

Open enrollment explained
The
open enrollment option allows a student to attend a school district outside his or her home school district. Open enrollment is a commitment to another school district, not necessarily the choice of school in that district. For example, a student at Osseo Junior High School, which is in the Osseo School District, could request open enrollment to attend Jackson Middle School in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. If Jackson is full, the district could offer another Anoka-Hennepin middle school.

Most Anoka-Hennepin schools are available to students from outside the district through Minnesota's open enrollment program. The application period is Dec. 1 through Jan. 15 each year, but Anoka-Hennepin accepts open enrollment applications at any time. Applications are processed based on space available and as they are received. We continue to accept applications after the deadline and review them in August. Students applying for the current school year may be enrolled immediately if space is available.

Students are approved for enrollment based on the capacity of the school they select. If space is not available in the chosen school, they will be offered another choice within the district.

When are open enrollment/in-district transfer applications available? 
Open enrollment and in-district transfer applications are available in schools and to download on the district website for the following school year beginning Dec. 1.

2014-15 school year
The enrollment period for the 2014-15 school year is Dec. 1, 2013 through Jan. 15, 2014. Applications are available online (and at schools) and are due by Jan. 15, 2014 for first consideration. Note: A timely application does not guarantee acceptance for the school of choice. Acceptance is based primarily on availability of space.


ENROLLMENT: NORTHWEST SUBURBAN INTEGRATION SCHOOL DISTRICT

What is the NorthWest Suburban Integration School District? I've heard that Anoka-Hennepin is a part of it. What is it and whom does it apply to?
The NorthWest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is a collaborative effort of eight school districts (Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Mounds View, Osseo and Rockford) formed to meet the requirements of the state Desegregation Rule.

School districts that border "racially isolated" districts (one in which the enrollment of students of color exceeds that of neighboring districts by more than 20 percent) must participate in desegregation efforts with those districts. Because Anoka-Hennepin borders the racially isolated Brooklyn Center and Osseo School Districts, it must participate in a desegregation plan with them. Other districts bordering them must also participate.

The purpose of the rule is to desegregate through choice, rather than through forced programs like mandatory busing to a specific school.
The rule requires schools and communities to work together to design effective, voluntary strategies for desegregated learning environments that parents can choose for their children. Specialty schools, also known as magnet schools, are the result (see next section for more info).


ENROLLMENT: SPECIALTY SCHOOLS

Does the district offer schools with specialty focuses?
Yes, we do!
Anoka-Hennepin has 11 specialty schools and programs. Each specialty school offers the same core curriculum as other district schools, but with a unique emphasis, including: the arts; science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM); International Baccalaureate (IB); and world studies.

These schools are part of Anoka-Hennepin but are open to all students living in the NWSISD consortium:

  • Evergreen Park World Cultures Community School.
  • Monroe Elementary School - Mathematics, Children's Engineering and Science.
  • University Avenue Elementary School - Aerospace, Children's Engineering and Science.
  • Anoka Middle School for the Arts.
  • Blaine High School - Center for Engineering, Mathematics and Science.

These schools are part of Anoka-Hennepin and are open to Anoka-Hennepin students via in-district transfer:

  • Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Science.
  • Coon Rapids High School Biomedical Sciences Program.
  • Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts.
  • Jackson Middle School for Math and Science.
  • Champlin Park High School - International Baccaulaureate (IB) Programme.
  • Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP).

What's the difference between a NWSISD specialty school and an Anoka-Hennepin specialty school?
NWSISD specialty schools are open to all students living in the NWSISD consortium
(Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Mounds View, Osseo and Rockford). Applications to these schools are handled by NWSISD.

Space at NWSISD specialty schools is reserved first for students who live in the school's attendance area, then it is opened up district-wide and then to NWSISD enrollment. Transportation for students outside Anoka-Hennepin is provided by the NWSISD.

Anoka-Hennepin specialty schools (Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy, Lincoln, Jackson, Champlin Park and Coon Rapids biomedical program) are open to Anoka-Hennepin students via in-district transfer and to students from other districts through the state's open enrollment process on a space available basis. Enrollment at STEP is part of the regular high school registration process for Anoka-Hennepin students or through open enrollment to students outside the district.

Priority is given to Anoka-Hennepin students who apply
during the application period (Dec. 1 through Jan. 15). If space is available (elementary sites only), families who applied after the deadline may be considered in late spring or early August if space opens up.

How can my child apply to attend a NWSISD specialty school?

Fill out the NWSISD online application form to apply to attend Evergreen Park, Monroe, University Avenue, Anoka Middle School or Blaine High School.

NWSISD accepts applications year-round, but the priority application period typically runs Nov. 1 through Jan. 15. Students who apply during this period have the greatest chance of being placed in a specialty school. An initial lottery will be run about a week after the priority application period closes.

NWSISD will maintain a waiting pool of students that apply but are not assigned to a NWSISD magnet school. Students that apply during the priority application period will be notified of the results of the lottery by Feb. 1. Contact NWSISD with any questions about the form or application process at 763-450-1305 or 763-450-1303.

How can my child apply to attend an Anoka-Hennepin specialty school?
Anoka-Hennepin specialty schools, Champlin-Brooklyn Park, Lincoln and Jackson, are open to Anoka-Hennepin students via in-district transfer and to students from other districts through the state's open enrollment process (Note: priority is given to Anoka-Hennepin students).

Families that apply during the application period (Dec. 1 through Jan. 15) will be considered first. If space is available (elementary sites only), families who applied after the deadline may be considered in late spring or early August if space opens up.

High school students can enroll in STEP (juniors and seniors), the Champlin Park IB Program and Coon Rapids biomedial program through the regular high school registration process. Anoka-Hennepin students who do not live in the Champlin Park or Coon Rapids attendance areas and wish to participate in IB or biomedical must apply for an in-district transfer. Space is limited.

See the Enrollment: In-district Transfer and Open Enrollment section above for more info and links on those processes.

How are specialty schools funded?
The Desegregation Rule (see above) provides state and federal funds for specific initiatives.
We do not use regular K-12 funding for desegregation programs. By law, we are not allowed to use desegregation funds to enhance programs that we regularly provide, therefore the funds could not be used, for example, to lower class size.