Out of district students can now apply to Jessamine Co. Schools

Published 10:16 am Monday, July 4, 2022

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The Jessamine County School is now accepting applications for non-resident students for the 2022-23 school year.

The change in enrollment policies was enacted through Kentucky House Bill 563 created a tax credit program where funds in education accounts can be used towards private school tuition and public school expenses. A non-resident student policy was adopted with the legislation and the non-resident students will have a tuition fee charged.

JCS began accepting applications last Friday, July 1. Students will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and are subject to capacity limits.

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“Kentucky House Bill 563 directs local school districts to develop and implement a process for enrolling students who do not live within the district boundaries and this legislation marks a significant shift in the way that our state’s public schools operate.  While the change does create some challenges for school districts, it also presents an opportunity for students across the Commonwealth to participate in programs that may not be available in their local districts,” Jessamine County Superintendent Matt Moore said in an email. “With strong academic, arts, and athletics programs and a comprehensive Career and Technical Education curriculum, JCS is a very desirable district and as one of Kentucky’s fastest-growing districts, our schools are typically at or near capacity.  This limits the number of non-resident students that we will be able to accept, but we do have some spots still available for in-person instruction for the upcoming school year.”

Non-resident students can enroll in the Virtual Learning Academy if certain criteria are met, and non-resident student-athletes will still need to meet KHSAA requirements.

“Additionally, House Bill 563 has also enabled us to expand our services to those non-resident students who are looking for an online learning environment with our Virtual Learning Academy and we are accepting applications for that program as well.”

Non-resident students’ transportation will not be provided by JCS if they live outside of district boundaries.

Enrollment is processed at the district level, meaning schools are unable to assist with applications. Students that reside in the district are not affected by this.

For more information and for enrollment, visit the district website at www.jessamine.kyschools.us.