Magnet Open Enrollment

What is magnet open enrollment?

Magnet open enrollment is a crucial factor in school choice. Magnet open enrollment allows students the option to attend another educational institution if their local public school is underperforming, overcrowded, unsafe, or if the learner is unhappy with their overall experience.

What are the types of open enrollment policies?

There are two types of open enrollment policies:

  1. Intradistrict open enrollment - Students transfer to another school within their resident school district, and
  2. Interdistrict open enrollment - Students transfer to another school outside of their resident school district.

What is the difference between a mandatory and voluntary open enrollment policy?

Connecticut has voluntary intradistrict policies and voluntary and mandatory interdistrict policies within specific districts.

A voluntary open enrollment policy allows schools or districts to decide whether they will accept students who live outside their attendance area school.

A mandatory open enrollment policy tries to reduce racial, ethnic, and economic isolation to balance the school’s student population.

What are the benefits of magnet open enrollment?

Magnet open enrollment:

  • Equips students of all socioeconomic statuses with a high-quality education and diverse peer groups.
  • Improves student and parent satisfaction through select programming that suits the learners’ interests.
  • Increases accountability for local schools to improve academic performance and other factors.
  • Provides low-income parents or single-family households with options they may otherwise not be able to access.

Interested in a magnet school for your child? Visit Goodwin University Magnet Schools online at Riverside Magnet School (pre-K through grade 5) or Connecticut River Academy (Grades 6 through 12).

Magnet schools offer several benefits including:

  • Academic success that prepares students for a lifetime of achievement
  • Diverse student body that encourages respect, empathy and collaboration
  • Family and community involvement that instills a passion for learning and growth
  • Flexible and innovative curriculum centered around a unifying theme