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Non-resident enrollment

Penn-Harris-Madison is pleased to be able to offer enrollment to non-resident students on a limited basis. 


Families who live in neighboring school districts are excited about the opportunity for their children to attend a P-H-M school and get an excellent education!  Once admitted, they have access to every program and benefit resident students enjoy, except bus transportation from their home. The option to attend a P-H-M school remains in place as long as the student remains in attendance and in good standing.  It is our intention that every non-resident student we serve will graduate as a Penn Kingsman!


The state law that supports non-resident enrollment requires that a district list the grade levels where openings exist and establish dates when applications will be accepted for those openings.  

PHM map iconThe window to apply for 2018-19 non-resident status is now closed. The window was open Feb. 20 - March 9, 2018. 


For the 2018-19 School Year, we only had the following spots available for non-resident students at these schools in the grades identified below:


  • Mary Frank Elementary School
    • 15 spots – Kindergarten
  • Madison Elementary School
    • 10 – Kindergarten
    • 5 - 1st grade 
    • 5 - 2nd grade
    • 3 - 3rd grade
    • 3 - 4th grade
    • 3 - 5th grade


P-H-M has received more applicants than seats available for both schools and all grades.  In compliance with Indiana Code 20-26-11-32, we will conduct a drawing for these seats on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Educational Services Center (55900 Bittersweet Rd., Mishawaka, IN).


At the Public Drawing, the names of all students who have submitted an application to attend will be placed into a bin by school and grade level. Names will be drawn to fill the available seats.  After the names have been drawn for the available seats per school and grade level, the remaining names will be pulled from the bin and placed on a waiting list in the order that their name was drawn. 


You do not have to be present at the drawing. The guardian of all applicants will receive an email message to the address entered on the application on March 23, 2018 indicating if they were placed at their desired school or on the waiting list.  The students chosen to fill the seats will be allowed to register before May 1, 2018. 


On May 1, 2018, if one or more of the available seats has not been filled, P-H-M will contact the names in order on the waiting list via the email entered on the application.


If you have any questions, please contact the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation Learning Division at (574) 258-7941 or email


The applications we receive will be considered in accordance with P-H-M Policy 5111 and Indiana Code 20-26-11-32.  There is no first-come, first-served advantage.


If P-H-M receives more applications than we can place, a lottery will be held.  Pursuant to Indiana Code 20-26-11-32(j), applications may be denied if, during the twelve (12) months preceding the submission of the application, the student has been suspended for ten (10) or more school days, or suspended or expelled for (1) possession of a firearm, deadly weapon, or a device; (2) causing physical injury to a student, a school employee, or a visitor to the school; or (3) a violation of the school corporation's drug or alcohol rules.  For purposes of computing the number of days of suspension, student discipline received from a teacher pursuant to Indiana Code 20-33-8-25(b)(7) shall be included in the calculation of the number of school days the student has been suspended.  


Additional notes about non-resident eligibility:

  • For new non-resident families, applications will be accepted only for those grade levels with posted openings and only within the stated application timeframe

  • Applicants must further meet these two requirements:

    • The family must reside within the state of Indiana (Michigan residents are not eligible) 

    • To be considered for a kindergarten opening, the child must have turned 5 on or before September 1, 2018.  

  • Resident students attending a P-H-M school who subsequently move outside the district are approved to continue in attendance as non-residents without participating in the public application process. It is necessary to complete this form initially and then to submit an “Intent to Continue” form each year thereafter. 

  • A non-resident student whose behavior violates the student code of conduct and results in formal disciplinary action, may be denied the option to return the following year. 

Here are the most common questions associated with non-resident enrollment:

  • Are non-residents charged an application fee or tuition costs?

There is no tuition or additional expense for our non-resident students. Those families may expect to pay for the same things our resident families pay for such as lunch and textbook rental fees. And non-resident families are eligible to apply for the same types of financial assistance as resident families; for example, the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program and the Textbook Assistance program. ​

  • Is bus transportation provided for students who live outside the district?

We do not currently provide school bus service outside our district. Many of our non-resident students are driven to and from school by parents, while others have arranged car pools. Kids Club, P-H-M’s before- and after-school childcare program is available at ten of our eleven elementary schools and is a big help to parents whose children are not bus riders.


  • Once enrolled, must non-residents reapply each year thereafter?

Each year we ask our non-resident students to complete the "Intent to Continue" form. It is our hope that our non-resident students will remain at P-H-M for their entire public education. We base our staffing on the expectation that non-resident students will move with their classmates from elementary to middle to high school. 

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