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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.  


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The non-resident enrollment window to apply for the 2019-2020 SY is now open! 

 

The window to apply for available seats is Monday, March 4 - Friday, March 22, 2019. The application window will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. and will only be 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.

 

The following elementary schools are accepting applications for KINDERGARTEN for the 2019 – 2020 school year:

  • There are 12 non-resident Kindergarten seats available at Mary Frank Elementary
  • There are 10 non-resident Kindergarten seats available at Northpoint Elementary 

 

 

The following school is accepting applications for Fourth Grade for the 2019 – 2020 school year:

  • There are 8 non-resident Fourth Grade seats available at Prairie Vista Elementary

 

 

The following schools are accepting applications for Fifth Grade for the 2019 – 2020 school year:

  • There are 5 non-resident Fifth Grade seats available at Madison Elementary
  • There are 8 non-resident Fifth Grade seats available at Prairie Vista Elementary

 

 

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 29, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Educational Services Center (55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka).   

 

All applicants will be notified via email of the need for a public drawing by March 25, 2019.  If there is not a public drawing, guardians of the students who applied will receive an email on March 29, 2019 asking them to register before May 1, 2019.

 

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. 

 

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 29, 2019 indicating if they were placed or on the waiting list for one of the P-H-M schools accepting applications. The students chosen to fill the seats will be required to register before May 1, 2019.  On May 1, 2019, 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.

 

Please click the links below to complete the online Non-Resident applications forms for the 2019-2020 school year:

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation Learning Division at (574) 259-7941 or email admissions@phm.k12.in.us.


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, 2019.  

  • 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 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. 

If you have other questions, please contact us at admissions@phm.k12.in.us.