Open Enrollment Instructions & Tips

The Douglas County School District embraces parent and student choice by offering a wide variety of pathways to learning, including neighborhood schools, charter, magnet, and online schools and home education options.


Families who wish to enroll their student in a school other than their neighborhood school must use this tool to request Open Enrollment during one of two open enrollment periods DCSD offers annually. You do not need to use this open enrollment tool to stay at your school of current enrollment.

First Window: November 1, 2018 - December 3, 2018

Second Window: January 22, 2019 - August 1, 2019

  • Click here for step by step instructions on how to use the tool.
  • First round open enrollment is not first-come, first-served; you have until December 3 at 4 p.m. to complete this process.
  • You may request that a confirmation email be sent to you after your request has been submitted.
  • Parents wishing to enroll their three and four-year-olds in district preschools do not go through open enrollment. Preschool registration will take place in early January. Click here for more information.
  • You can change your open enrollment request choices at any time until December 3 at 4 p.m.
  • You can choose to have your choices emailed to you after you have completed open enrollment.
  • Schools will offer you an open enrollment slot, based on space availability. You can log back into the EngagED Parent Portal on December 10 to check for any offers you may have received.
  • You have until December 17 at 4 p.m. to accept an open enrollment offer from a school through the EngagED Parent Portal.
  • If your open enrollment request is not accepted by any school, or you didn't log in and accept your offer, you will automatically be placed on the second round open enrollment wait-list, which runs from January 22, 2019 to August 1, 2019.
  • Second round open enrollment is "first come, first served". Students requesting open enrollment only in the second round are placed on the wait-list behind those that are currently on the wait-list from first round. Schools will ONLY reach out to you when and if a spot becomes available.
  • If you are open enrolled at a neighborhood school or attend a charter but would like to return to the neighborhood school associated with your address for the next school year you must file an intent to return form by January 7, 2019.
  • If you are moving within the district but would like to remain at your current school, you may do so by filing an intent to remain form at any time.
  • Transportation for resident students granted permission to attend a school or program outside their neighborhood attendance area shall be furnished by their parent/guardian. However, students who wish to catch a bus from a stop that transports to the school to which they have open enrolled, may, on a space available basis, apply for a ZPass and pay to ride that bus to their newly assigned school.

NOTE: This application does not support applying to DCSD preschools. The following Charter Schools will be utilizing the tool this year: SkyView Academy, Aspen View Academy, Challenge to Excellence, World Compass Academy, Douglas County Montessori and Ben Franklin Academy. Please contact all other Charter schools directly to learn more about enrollment options for charter schools. For DCSD preschools, click here.