Process Overview

Open enrollment is the process by which parents/guardians residing in an Iowa district may enroll their children into another Iowa school district under the terms and conditions of Iowa Code 282.18 and Iowa Code 281.17.

Iowa Department of Education Open Enrollment Information


To apply for open enrollment into Waukee Community School District, please complete the application on the Department of Education website and attach the Online Directions and Registration Cover Sheet.

If you are applying to attend another district, please complete the application and file it with the receiving district.

Placement in Waukee CSD

The District will determine a student’s building placements. South Middle School is currently closed to open enrollment. Students enrolling in those grade levels will be placed in another middle-level building.

Interactive Boundary Map

Waukee CSD Boundaries & Feeder


Beginning July 1, 2024, state code requires open enrollment applications to be submitted to both the resident district and the receiving district by March 1 in the year of enrollment.

Receiving districts may deny a request if one of the following applies:

  • The application violates the district’s insufficient classroom space policy,
  • The district does not have the appropriate special education program,
  • The application would adversely affect the district’s implementation of a court-ordered desegregation plan, or
  • The student has been expelled or suspended.

If a parent/guardian moves and wishes for their student to continue at the original resident district under open enrollment (often known as the “continuation rule”), requests cannot be denied due to insufficient classroom space policies.