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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 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 2020-2021 school year is now CLOSED!​  


The window to apply for available seats was Monday, March 9 – Friday, March 27, 2020.  The application window closed at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020.  Applications had to be submitted by 4:30 p.m. and were 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.  


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


The following elementary schools accepted applications for KINDERGARTEN for the 2020 – 2021 school year:

  • Elm Road Elementary
  • Elsie Rogers Elementary
  • Horizon Elementary
  • Madison Elementary
  • Mary Frank Elementary
  • Northpoint Elementary
  • Prairie Vista Elementary
  • Walt Disney Elementary



The following elementary schools accepted applications for First Grade for the 2020 – 2021 school year:

  • Bittersweet Elementary
  • Madison Elementary
  • Meadow’s Edge Elementary
  • Prairie Vista Elementary
  • Walt Disney Elementary


The following elementary schools accepted applications for Second Grade for the 2020 – 2021 school year:

  • Elm Road Elementary
  • Walt Disney Elementary


The following elementary schools accepted applications for Third Grade for the 2020 – 2021 school year:

  • Northpoint Elementary


The following elementary schools  accepted applications for Fourth Grade for the 2020 – 2021 school year:

  • Mary Frank Elementary
  • Moran Elementary
  • Northpoint Elementary
  • Prairie Vista Elementary


The following elementary schools accepted applications for Fifth Grade for the 2020 – 2021 school year:

  • Northpoint Elementary
  • Prairie Vista Elementary


There were no non-resident openings in grades 6 – 12 for the 2020 – 2021 school year.


If P-H-M received 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. 

The Non-Resident application drawing was held Thursday, May 21, 2020.  The drawing was video recorded.


The guardian of all applicants received an email message on May 21, 2020 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 before June 4, 2020.  On June 4, 2020, 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, 2020.  

  • 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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