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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.  For example, in advance of the 2015-2016 school year, P-H-M listed openings at Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 and accepted applications for those openings during a 3-week window early in the year.  Through this process, more than 160 new non-resident students were welcomed to the district in 2016!



The window to apply for 2017-18 non-resident enrollment is February 21 through March 10, 2017.


  • The window to apply will open on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and close on Friday, March 10. 

  • The Non-resident Student Application will be posted on this webpage during the window.

  • Specific information about grade levels where openings exist will be posted on this webpage as well.

  • All applications received between Feb. 21 and March 10 will receive equal consideration; there is no "first-come first-served" advantage.

  • If P-H-M receives more applications than we can place, a lottery will be held.

  • Parents will be notified in writing of their students' acceptance by the end of May.

*Please note that the offer to enroll a non-resident student may be withdrawn if the parent fails to complete the student registration process before June 7, 2017.



Additional notes about non-resident eligibility:

  • 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 turn 5 on or before September 1, 2017.  

  • 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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