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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 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 window to apply for school year 2021-2022 non-resident enrollment will be open from March 8 – March 26, 2021.

For the 2021-2022 school year, there will be limited schools and spots available for new non-resident students.  The specific schools and grades we will accept applications for will be posted on Monday, March 8, 2021.


The window to apply for available seats will open  Monday, March 8 at 8:00 a.m. and close on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.  Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021 and will 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-serve advantage.


During the application window, if P-H-M receives more applications than we can place, a lottery will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.  Details regarding the lottery will be posted on Monday, March 29, 2021.


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, (A) the student has been suspended for ten (10) or more school days, or suspended or expelled for (B) possession of a firearm, deadly weapon, or a device; (C) causing physical injury to a student, a school employee, or a visitor to the school; (D) a violation of the school corporation’s drug or alcohol rules; or (2) the student has had a history of unexcused absences and the governing body of the school corporation believes that, based upon the location of the student's residence, attendance would be a problem for the student if the student is enrolled with the school corporation.  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.


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, 2021.  

  • 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:

  • 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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