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Placement Priorities

If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at sps.department@mpls.k12.mn.us or call us at 612.668.1840.

Minneapolis Public Schools reserves the right to determine maximum enrollment in its community elementary, middle and K-8 schools to ensure systemic programmatic and resource equity.

A. First priority shall be given to students who reside in the attendance area for the requested school.

B. Second priority shall be given for students whose siblings currently attend the requested school and

  1. the sibling will be concurrently enrolled with the requesting student, and
  2. the sibling resides in the attendance area for the requested school.

C. If the school(s) in a student’s eligible community school attendance area is at more than 90 percent capacity and the student cannot enroll, the student will receive priority for enrollment at a District magnet school.

Using a lottery-based school choice placement system students will be assigned to magnet schools with the goal of creating integrated learning environments. Placement in these schools will be managed to have economic integration that mirrors the district average.

When necessary to meet integration goals, priority will be given to:

A. First priority shall be given to students who live within a half-mile radius of the school.

B. Second priority shall be given to students who were unable to enroll at their requested attendance area community school because the school was projected to be at more than 90 percent capacity.

C. Third priority shall be given to students whose siblings currently attend the requested schools and:

  1. The sibling will be concurrently enrolled with the requesting student; and
  2. The sibling resides in the attendance area for the requested school.

D. Fourth priority shall be given to students who qualify for educational benefits and the requested school has a low representation of qualifying students in the current year or, conversely, if the requested school has a low representation of students who are ineligible for educational benefits priority will be given to such students.

E. Fifth priority shall be given to students who are experiencing homelessness.

Minneapolis Public Schools reserves the right to determine maximum enrollment in its high schools to ensure systemic programmatic and resource equity.

A. First priority shall be given for students who live in the high school attendance area.

B. Second priority shall be given for students whose siblings currently attend the requested school and:

  1. The sibling will be concurrently enrolled with the requesting student; and
  2. The sibling resides in the attendance area for the requested school.

C. Third priority shall be given for students seeking to enroll in any MPS High School through the “We Want You Back” recruitment program.

In the event that the District establishes citywide academic programs at high schools, students would be placed using the following priorities:

A. First priority would be given to students who live in the high school attendance area.

B. Second priority would be given to middle school students that have participated in a similar academic program and who request continuation in that academic program area.

C. Third priority is for siblings of students currently enrolled in the requested citywide program when the siblings will be concurrently enrolled in the citywide program.

A. When applicable, based on language in a collective bargaining agreement, priority would be given for the children of permanent, benefits-eligible employees of the District.

B. If a student withdraws from a school for any reason and later returns to the district, the student will be considered a newly entering student. (A seat within their former school will not be held for them).

Priority placement for all preschool programs goes to students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

A. Qualifies for free or reduced lunch (based on family income)

B. Is an English Learner (home language is not English)

C. Is homeless or highly mobile

D. Has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or an individual interagency intervention plan

E. Is identified, through health and developmental screenings, with a potential risk factor that may influence learning

F. Is defined as at risk by Minneapolis Public School

G. Lives in the school’s attendance zone

Note: Children who are age-eligible for kindergarten are not eligible for enrollment in High Five unless specified by his or her Special Education Individual Education Plan (IEP)

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