Magnolia ISD announced in a statement on its website that the district will be suspending open enrollment for the 2022-23 school year, meaning new families residing outside of the district can no longer enroll in Magnolia ISD next school year. Students already enrolled though open enrollment will be able to continue attending Magnolia ISD schools.
“With all the homes coming in, we have to make sure we have a seat for all of those students to attend our schools, and every day we have kids enrolling,” Executive Director of Communications Denise Meyers said in an interview. “I'm sure at some point in the future where we have additional facilities that we can open the enrollment up again. We will look at doing that because we do know that there are many parents that took advantage of that.”
Launched in the 2018-19 school year, open enrollment allows residents outside of MISD boundaries to apply to enroll at select campuses in MISD, according to Meyers. The 113 students in the open enrollment program will be able to continue attending MISD schools.
Meyers said the district has grown by 648 students from Oct. 31 to March 27, an almost 5% increase. Until new facilities are built, open enrollment must be paused to make room for this growth, she said.
Open enrollment for students who have older siblings openly enrolled will be taken on a case-by-case basis, according to Executive Director of Student Services Ben King.