School Assignment

Domicile, enrollment, and school assignment:

  • A child must be domiciled in a school district in order to enroll in that school district. Domicile is different than residence, because domicile refers to one’s permanent home. There are several exceptions to the domicile requirement, including when a student is homeless.
  • Issues that can arise related to domicile, residency, and enrollment include when a child’s parents are divorced and share custody.
  • Local school boards have wide discretion when it comes to school assignment. If dissatisfied with the school assignment, parents may request a transfer to another school in the district pursuant to the local policies.

Common issues we see arise related to domicile, enrollment, and school assignment include:

  • Appeals of school assignments
  • Appeals of school transfer decisions