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Non-resident Student Information

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 for all non-resident students we serve will graduate as Penn Kingsmen!


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.  

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  The non- resident window to apply for the 2024-2025 school year is now closed.




The window to apply for available seats was open Monday, March 4, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. and closed on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 4:30 p.m.  Applications are only accepted during this window.  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.   


Please read through ALL the information listed below before making your selections.

For the upcoming school year, Penn-Harris-Madison has limited seats available for non-resident students.  The grade levels & schools listed below are open for non-residents.


If you have multiple students in grades Kindergarten – Fourth grade, you must submit an application for each one of them.  If you are submitting application(s) for students in grades Kindergarten – Fourth grade AND you have students in grades 5 -11, there is a space on the application form for you to list those students who are in grades 5 -11.  If a student who has applied gets placed at a P-H-M school, other school age students in the household listed on the application may also be placed at P-H-M.


The following elementary schools are accepting applications for KINDERGARTEN for the 2024 – 2025 school year:

Horizon - 10 seats
Madison - 4 seats
Mary Frank – 9 seats
Moran – 2 seats
Northpoint – 8 seats
Prairie Vista – 8 seats


The following elementary schools are accepting applications for First Grade for the 2024 – 2025 school year:

Elm Road – 2 seats
Elsie Rogers – 2 seats
Horizon – 12 seats
Mary Frank – 6 seats
Meadow’s Edge – 3 seats
Prairie Vista – 16 seats
Walt Disney – 8 seats


The following elementary schools are accepting applications for Second Grade for the 2024 – 2025 school year:

Elm Road – 4 seats
Horizon – 5 seats
Mary Frank – 9 seats
Meadow’s Edge – 3 seats
Northpoint – 4 seats


The following elementary schools are accepting applications for Third Grade for the 2024 – 2025 school year:

Mary Frank – 9 seats


The following elementary schools are accepting applications for Fourth Grade for the 2024 – 2025 school year:


Horizon – 10 seats
Mary Frank – 3 seats


If P-H-M receives more applications than seats available at any of the listed schools, in compliance with Indiana Code 20-26-11-32, a drawing will be scheduled for these seats on the morning of March 27, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. at the Educational Services Center.  The drawing will be open to the public.


All applicants will be notified via email of the need for a public drawing by March 25, 2024.  If there is not a public drawing, the guardian of the students who applied will receive an email by March 28, 2024 asking them to register on or before April 26, 2024.


At the Public Drawing, each student will be assigned a number for each location that was chosen on the application.  The number assigned to those students who have submitted an application to attend one of the P-H-M schools listed will be placed into a bin by location and grade level.  The numbers assigned to each applicant will be drawn to fill the available seats.  After all the numbers have been drawn for the available seats per location and grade level, the remaining numbers will be pulled from the bin and placed on a waiting list in the order that their number was drawn.


The guardian of all applicants will receive an email message after April 8, 2024 to the address entered on the application indicating if they were placed at a P-H-M school or on a waiting list.  The students chosen to fill the seats will be required to register on or before April 26, 2024.  On April 29, 2024, 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 your student is placed at one of the available P-H-M schools, P-H-M will NOT accept a transfer request to any other P-H-M school.  Parents/guardians agree that they are responsible for the transportation of their non-resident student(s) to and from school.  They understand that final approval of non-resident status is subject to approval by the district.  Parents/guardians agree that continuation of non-resident status is contingent upon their child(ren) maintaining attendance and behavior requirements as defined in Indiana Code 20-26-11-32.  Non-Resident Student requests will be reviewed each school year.  All students accepted on non-resident status will be asked to submit an Intent to Continue form annually.  Enrollment may be granted for a period of one school year (July 1 – June 30).  Non-resident admission will not automatically carry over to subsequent school years.




If you have any questions, please contact the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation Learning Division at (574) 259-7941 or email

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, 2024.  


Resident students attending a P-H-M school in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade who subsequently move outside the district within the state of Indiana may be 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.  (Michigan residents are not eligible).


A non-resident student whose behavior violates the P-H-M student code of conduct and results in formal disciplinary action or the student has a history of unexcused absences, may be denied the option to return. 


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


  • 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 extracurricular costs.
  • 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. ​


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

  • We do not 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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