Changes in Rochester Community Schools Open Enrollment Policy 2017-18

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Many school districts in Michigan accept students who live outside of their school district through a policy called School of Choice.  Rochester Community Schools does not participate in Schools of Choice.  Although Rochester Community Schools has always had a policy of only enrolling students who live in the district’s boundaries, families have been able to choose which of the schools their children will attend.  Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, more restrictions have been added.


Secondary:  Open enrollment will be granted to students in grades 6 through 12 for those students who concurrently have a sibling enrolled at the building requested.


Elementary:  For students entering grades K-5, intra-district open enrollment requests will be granted to children whose siblings are currently attending a school under open enrollment.  Students entering grades K-5 who do not have siblings currently in attendance at a school under open enrollment will be considered using the following criteria:

  •   Available physical space at schools and/or grade levels within schools.  Some schools may be closed to open enrollment for the subsequent school year.
  •   Contractual planning ratios and legal contractual limits.
  •   Space for anticipated growth/projections and special programs assigned to the building.


In addition, the following will apply:

  •   Students open enrolled prior to the 2017-18 school year who are changing levels (elementary to middle; middle to high) will automatically be enrolled in the school according to the open enrollment path, unless the parent/guardian notifies the office of student enrollment.
  •   Beginning with new open enrollment requests for the 2017-18 school year, students will be assigned to the school in their home attendance area when changing levels (elementary to middle; middle to high).

If you would like your child to attend award winning Rochester Community Schools, you need to live within the district’s boundaries.  To ensure your child can attend the school of your choice, it would be prudent to ensure you are purchasing a home within that school’s boundaries.


For more information and to apply for intra-district open enrollment, click on .

Comments (7)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Monday Beth,  How different schools are now compare to the time I was in school.  Good to see what is happening in your area.


Feb 13, 2017 09:29 AM
Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

Thanks, Will.  There is so much growth in our district that changes are neccessary. 

Feb 13, 2017 09:35 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

very interesting. My Rochester won't allow children from one district going to a school in another district. I like the flexability you have there!

Feb 13, 2017 10:49 AM
Beth Bromund

Most Michigan districts allow out-of-district students as a way to gain more per pupil funding.  Our Rochester only allows choice of schools within the district, but does not accept students who live outside of the district.

Feb 13, 2017 03:24 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is important information to share with area residents.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb 14, 2017 10:03 AM
Beth Bromund

I agree.  I have heard of people who have bought homes in surrounding towns with the intent of enrolling their children in Rochester schools, and they're very disappointed to find out after the fact that RCS does not enroll students who live out of the district.  

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!

Feb 14, 2017 12:44 PM