Open Enrollment Policy

 It is the policy of the Beverly Public Schools to allow open enrollment at the elementary school level when space permits and without adversely affecting building or classroom staffing levels.

Non-resident (school choice) students accepted to the Beverly Public Schools in prior years shall be treated in the same fashion as students who reside in Beverly.

Parents of elementary school students may apply to the Superintendent’s office for open enrollment.  All requests will be considered if space is available at each school, a number that has been certified as part of the elementary school choice procedures.

All elementary requests must be made by May 1st, and all written responses to parents will be provided by July 15th.  Requests from families moving into Beverly will not be held to this timeline.  In all cases, transportation for open enrollment students is the sole responsibility of the parent(s).

The principal of the proposed receiving school, in conjunction with the Superintendent, will consider approval for a request to be granted, provided that such approval does not create a staffing increase or cause a class to exceed class size maximums established by the School Committee.  In considering requests, priority shall be given to employees of the Beverly Public Schools.  All requests will be evaluated on a yearly basis.

The District will consider the following situations as extenuating circumstances in granting permission for students residing in one area of the city to attend elementary school outside their attendance area, when the exception does not create a staffing increase or cause a class to exceed class size maximums: 

  1. With the permission of the building principal and Superintendent, elementary students (grades K-5) who move from one region to another within the city may remain at the original school for the remainder of the school year.
  2. When it has been determined that the physical, emotional, or intellectual health of a child will be substantially impacted by the normal school placement, the parent may request a change in placement.  The Superintendent, in consultation with the building principal(s), will make this determination.  Each application must be evaluated on a yearly basis.

With the permission of the building principal and Superintendent, elementary students (grades  K-5) who move to another location outside the city may remain at a Beverly elementary school for the remainder of the school year.

The School Committee affirms its position that it shall not discriminate in the open enrollment of any child from one school to another on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, athletic performance, physical handicap, special need, academic performance, or proficiency in the English language, subject to the availability of specific programs and student services at the specific building for which space is available.