FAQs - Enrollment for Grade K-5

Enrollment and Placement Procedures, 2015-16

Bozeman School District #7 has an attendance area enrollment and placement system.

Kindergarten Registration and Placement

How old does my child have to be to enter kindergarten? Can there be exceptions?
  • Children must have turned 5 on or before September 10th. No exceptions. This is state law.
What types of kindergarten programs do you have?
  • Full time kindergarten options are offered in all of our schools. It is possible to attend kindergarten on a half-time basis. Please be aware that if you do choose half time kindergarten, not all core curriculum classes are offered in the half-time kindergarten session. Please see your school principal for details. Please note that two-way transportation is not available to half-time kindergarteners.
I have a child in 5th grade, and another child entering kindergarten next year. Will my incoming kindergartner be able to go to the same school?
  • No, only incoming kindergarten siblings of any student currently enrolled in a Bozeman Elementary (K-5) School will receive priority based on the enrollment placement criteria in Policy 3129P
Do all schools have an after school program?
  • All elementary schools have programs on site on a space-available basis.

New to the District (Kindergarten and Grades 1-5)

Are there attendance boundaries in the district? How do I find out about schools in the district?
  • Each school has a web page that can be accessed from the District Home Page http://www.bsd7.org/our_schools. Schools also provide scheduled tours on a limited basis. Each school will have one Open House this spring. All schools use the same curriculum.
Do all schools have an after school program?
  • All schools will have after school programs on-site.
What is the timeline for new student (K-5) enrollment?
  • Enrollment packets will be available for pick up at the Enrollment Office in the Willson School building beginning Monday, March 9, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Enrollment forms, copies of birth certificates and immunization records need to be completed and returned to the same office no later than 4:00 p.m., April 13th, 2015 to be considered in the first round of student placement.
  • The returned forms will be assigned random numbers generated by computer and students will be placed.
  • Any forms returned after the April 13th deadline will be added to the second round of placement.
  • Parents will be notified before the beginning of the school year by phone or mail by the receiving school.
What papers do I need to bring with me for registering my child?
  • The window for registration will allow plenty of time for parents to secure the birth certificates and immunization records required for registration. It is not necessary to bring any papers when picking up your enrollment packet as you may take it home and return it no later than April 13th at 4 p.m.
  • It will be necessary for you to bring copies of your child's immunization records and birth certificate when you return your enrollment forms. These copies will be retained by the district.
How are placement decisions made? I moved across the street from a school. Am I guaranteed a spot at that school?
  • While living in close proximity to a school provides a family with a high level of priority, it is not a guarantee. If no space is available at grade level at that particular school, you will be placed at the next choice school where space is available and will remain on your attendance area school wait list until space becomes available.
My family has three children in elementary school. Will they be able to be placed at the same school?
  • Sibling placement will be based on the enrollment placement criteria included in 3129P. We will make every attempt to keep siblings together. However, placements are made on a space available basis.
Once my child is enrolled in a particular school, will my child be able to remain in that school?
  • If your child is enrolled in his or her attendance area school, s/he are guaranteed continued placement at that school. If your child is enrolled by choice at a non-attendance area school, placement will be determined on a yearly basis.
How and when will I be notified of my child's placement?
  • Parents who have participated in the first round of placement will receive notification of their assigned school by either telephone or mail before the beginning of the school year. We try to make first round notifications by the end of June, but this is not always possible. Enrollment applications received after the first round of placement will be processed and placed in mid-August. The receiving school will make the parent notification.
I missed the first round of placement. What do I do?
  • After the first round of placement, completed enrollment forms may be turned in to the Enrollment Office at Willson School on a continuing basis. In mid-August, a second placement meeting will be held for all new enrollees who submitted registration paperwork after the first placement meeting.
We didn't get our first choice school. Do we have any recourse?
  • If a parent is unable to have a child assigned to a first choice school, that child will automatically be placed on a waiting list for that school until the first day of school. After school begins, movement will be limited to students new to the District, to those students on a wait list for their attendance area school, and, upon administrative consideration, to students with significant, extenuating circumstances.
We didn't get our attendance area school. Do we have any recourse?
  • If a parent is unable to have a child assigned to their attendance area school, that child will automatically be placed at the next choice school where space is available and will remain on the attendance area school wait list until space becomes available.
I won't be able to move to Bozeman until after the school year begins. How do I enroll my child then?
  • Enrollment and placement continues throughout the year as students move in to the district. Placement decisions are made on a space available basis. Please visit the Enrollment Office at Willson School, 404 West Main Street. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
We don't live in the Bozeman School District, but our child is having a difficult time where she is attending. Can we enroll her in Bozeman?
  • Enrollment in the Bozeman School District is limited to those families who live in our attendance area. The student must reside within the District. If the student resides in the District but the parent does not, then the student may still attend, but on a tuition basis. There are special out-of-district student enrollment procedures for this situation.
We are moving to Belgrade, but our child would like to stay where she is. Will that be okay?
  • If school has started, this arrangement may only be made through the current semester and on a tuition basis. After the semester is complete, or before school starts, your child will have to be enrolled in the Belgrade school system.
Where is the Enrollment Office located? Phone #? Office Hours?
  • The Enrollment Office is located in Room #133 at the Willson School building at 404 West Main. The phone number is 522-6005. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Does the Bozeman Public School District have a website? If I am the guardian of a new student, what information do I need to provide in addition to the registration materials?
  • Legal documentation including your role as legal guardian/custodial parent, foster parent, etc. is required. Please contact the Enrollment Office with additional questions.
I do not live within the District boundaries, but own a business/property within Bozeman. May my child attend?
  • Business addresses may not be used for enrollment purposes. Enrollment in the Bozeman School District is limited to those families who reside in our attendance area. Use of an address other than where the child legally resides is subject to penalties, up to and including mandatory withdrawal from the District and criminal charges and restitution. Please see our Residency Information page here.
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