GMG is a small school that provides a wide variety of opportunities for students and families.
Open enrollment is the process by which Iowa parents/guardians residing in one school district may enroll their children tuition-free into another school district. If you are considering open enrollment to GMG for 2016-17, the deadline for regular filing is March 1, 2016 for students that will be in grades 1-12, and Sept. 1, 2016 for incoming Kindergarten students. The preschool program at GMG is not subject to open enrollment or any residency requirements; parents residing in any Iowa school district can apply for tuition-free admission for their incoming 4-year old children to the preschool program at GMG by contacting the elementary.
You can find a copy of the 2016-17 Open Enrollment application form and directions here, or can pick up an application form from any GMG school office. Completed forms should be submitted to both your resident school district, and to:
GMG Superintendent of Schools
306 Park Street
Garwin, IA 50632
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q- Is there any additional charge for open enrolling?
A - No. While there are typically small charges in any school for things like a textbook fee / registration, and for meals, there is no fee or parent-paid tuition for open enrolling to another district.
Q- In order to help make up my mind, can I visit first?
A- Yes, definitely. Our building principals at GMG would be happy to visit with you about educational programs and facilities, show you around, and help answer any questions you may have.
Q- What if I decide to open enroll in, but later change my mind?
A- That's OK. As long as you've completed the paperwork by the applicable deadline (or later for "good cause" late filing as described in the Open Enrollment Directions), you can always later change your mind. In Iowa, a parent/guardian always has the right to "end" their child's open enrollment out at any time, and return to a school in their district of residence.
Q- What about transportation?
A- With open enrollment, the parent/guardian is responsible for arranging transportation; either to the school building, or to an approved pickup/drop-off location within the GMG school district. A stipend for transportation assistance may be provided to families that meet certain income guidelines (see "Open Enrollment Handbook" for details).
Q- What is a "good cause" reason for filing after the March 1 deadline that might be accepted?
A- The most common is changing your school district of residence. When a family moves to a different school district, they are still able to open-enroll out after the March 1 deadline. Other, less common reasons a late filed open enrollment "may" be approved can be found in the Open Enrollment Directions link towards the top of this page.
Q - Is there room for my child to open enroll into GMG?
A - In most cases, the answer is yes. However, there are criteria and a related formula for class sizes that could potentially cause an open enrollment request to be denied due to "insufficient classroom space". You will be notified shortly after an application is filed whether the open enrollment is approved or denied.
Additional questions may be directed to Ben Petty, Superintendent of Schools
GMG Office, Garwin - 641-499-2239
BCLUW Office, Conrad - 641-366-2819