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Enrollment

Enrolling Students in K–12 Schools in the District

Thank you for choosing Northfield Public Schools! Several forms are required for new student enrollment. If you have a kindergarten student to enroll or are new to the district, please read the information outlined in the New Student Process below. Other enrollment-related forms, such as intradistrict transfer, homeschool and open enrollment/nonresident agreement are also located below. Questions? Please contact the district office at 507.645.3445.

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Enrolling a Student

Families may request an enrollment packet for each student or print the forms below. Call the district office at 507.645.3445 or email Chris Neset to have them mailed to you.

  • New Student Process

    School and District Boundaries
    If you have an elementary student and are unsure which school attendance area you live in, the city boundary map or rural boundary map will assist you in determining which school attendance area you live in. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) generates and publishes maps that show school district boundaries; Click here to visit the state’s page.

    You may also contact the district office at 507.645.3445 or email Chris Neset for assistance. Benjamin Bus provides transportation for the district and bus company staff can also answer boundary questions.

    Kindergarten Enrollment
    Children who are five years old on or before September 1 are eligible to begin kindergarten. Proof of birth date will be required for kindergarten entrance. Examples of accepted documentation include a copy of the child’s birth certificate, a hospital document, passport or baptismal certificate.

    State law requires all students to complete Early Childhood Screening before they enter kindergarten. To schedule an appointment for a free screening, visit the Early Childhood Programs page. Parents may also be interested in an optional school readiness program, called Bridges to Kindergarten, that assists children in making a smooth transition to kindergarten.

    Transferring From Another District
    After enrolling, parents of middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students transferring to Northfield Public Schools from another school district should contact the Northfield Middle School Counseling Office (507.663.0664) or the Northfield High School Counseling Office (507.663.0636) to make an appointment with a school counselor who will assist you in registering your student for classes.

    Apply for Free/Reduced Lunch
    Free or reduced price meals are available for students whose family qualifies. The appropriate form must be completed each school year and submitted to Child Nutrition Services for review and approval.

    Weekly Late Start Days
    Northfield Public Schools utilizes a one-hour late start each Wednesday for all schools throughout the school year. This is part of an effort to facilitate Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for staff.

    On Wednesdays, parents or daycare providers who normally drop off students at the beginning of the school day will be able to drop off students one hour later. Students who ride the bus will arrive shortly before school is open on Wednesdays. Parents or daycare providers who must drop off students at the regular time may register for KidVentures’ one-hour PLC programming.

  • English Required Forms

    Submit completed forms to: District Office – Enrollment, Northfield Public Schools, 1400 Division Street S., Northfield, MN 55057

  • Spanish Required Forms

    Submit completed forms to: District Office – Enrollment, Northfield Public Schools, 1400 Division Street S., Northfield, MN 55057

Immunization Requirements

State law requires that students in all grades must have documentation for required vaccines. Students entering kindergarten and 7th grade will need to update their immunizations and will be excluded from school if not in compliance. Children enrolled or enrolling in child care or early childhood programs (that meet at least once a week for at least six weeks during the year) must also provide proof of immunizations or have a legal exemption. Medical and conscientious exemptions are allowed under the law.

The student and early childhood immunization forms are located in the Required Forms section above. Record your child’s immunizations or exemptions on this form. For more information, contact Health Services staff.

Below is a chart showing required immunizations for children in Minnesota:
Minnesota’s School Immunization Law / Ley de Vacunación Escolar de Minnesota

Other Enrollment Forms

If you want to transfer to a district elementary school outside of your attendance area; if you would like to begin or continue to homeschool your student; or if you would like your student to attend or continue attending a school in a district in which you do not live, you may need to use a form in one of the panels below.

  • IntraDistrict Transfer
  • Homeschool

    Visit the state’s website for more homeschool information.

  • Open Enrollment/Nonresident Agreement

    If you have just moved into the Northfield school district but would prefer your child to continue to attend the school in your old school district, or if you do not live in the Northfield school district and would like your child to attend the Northfield school district, you will need to complete an Open Enrollment Form or a Nonresident Agreement Form.

    Minnesota’s Open Enrollment Program allows families to apply to send their student to any public school district in Minnesota.

    Open enrollment is the process by which you apply for enrollment in a district other than the district in which you reside. It is similar to a Nonresident Agreement, except there are state-mandated time frames and guidelines. Students must apply to the school district of their choice by January 15 for attendance the following fall. Transportation is provided by the parent or guardian.

    For those families who decide after January 15 to enroll their student in another school district, a Nonresident Agreement form needs to be completed. The Nonresident Agreement needs to be approved first by the district in which you live and then by the district in which you would like your child to attend. This agreement is valid only for the current school year. Transportation is provided by the parent or guardian.

    If you have further questions, please email Chris Neset or call 507.645.3445.