Student Placement Center
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:8am - 4:30pm
Wednesdays 12:00pm - 4:30pm


Do we need to apply online or can we fill out a paper application? Both online and paper applications are acceptable. Visit and use School Finder to ensure you know which schools will provide transportation for your child.


What happens if I submit more than one application? Your school choices from the last application submitted will be used for enrollment processing.


When will we be notified of our school placement? Families submitting applications by the February 23, 2018 priority deadline will receive notice of acceptance (or placement on a waiting list) in early April.


If my child is currently enrolled in a school and will continue through the remaining grade levels, do we need to reapply? No. Your child may stay at his/her current school.


What if I decide to change schools? Will I lose my place at my current school? You will not lose placement at your current school simply by applying to a new school, but you may lose placement if you are accepted to a new school. If you change your mind about leaving your current school, you will need to decline the acceptance for your new school. Notify the Student Placement Center by the date listed on the acceptance notification. Please note there may no longer be space available to return to your previous school.


Can families who do not live in St. Paul apply to Saint Paul Public Schools? Yes. Under Minnesota’s open enrollment law, families can apply to PreK-12 schools that are not located in their home school district. Space availability and school district policies still apply.


How can we improve our chances of getting into a particular school?

Three suggestions to improve your chances:

1.     Apply by the February 23, 2018 priority deadline.

2.     Apply when your student will be entering the lowest grade level offered by the school. This is when the most openings are available.

3.     Living in the elementary or secondary school’s Area also gives you priority over students living outside the Area, although space availability and other school district and state policies may limit enrollment in a particular school.


What are my child's chances of getting into our first choice school? While the numbers differ each year, most families are accepted into their first-choice school. Enrollment guidelines limit the district’s ability to accept students to certain schools.


Do I have a better chance of getting my first choice school if I apply earlier than the deadline? No. All applications received by the February 23, 2018 priority deadline are treated equally.


Is my child guaranteed acceptance to one of my school choices listed on the application? No. Many schools receive more applications than they can accept. If your choices on the application are schools that traditionally have limited space or receive a large number of applications, your chances of being accepted to one of those schools are reduced. To increase your chances of getting one of your schools of choice, consider listing your Community School as one of your options.


What if we moved into the school district after the priority application deadline? Students are enrolled throughout the school year. Meeting the deadline is simply the best way to increase your chances of getting your preferred school. The Student Placement Center is open year-round and works with families individually to help them choose schools. To schedule an appointment, call the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760.


How old does my child have to be to attend school? Children who are five years old on or before September 1, 2018 are eligible to attend kindergarten during the 2018-19 school year. Children must be four years old on or before September 1, 2018 to be eligible for the pre- kindergarten program during the 2018-19 school year.


What if my child is not five years old by September 1, but I want him or her to attend school in 2018-19? Some children may be ready for kindergarten before they turn five years old. If your child turns five between September 2 and December 31, he or she may be tested for early admission to kindergarten. The testing process for early admission to kindergarten assesses children who clearly show above-average cognitive skills and above- average large and small-motor skills. Please contact the Student Placement Center for details, times and dates. NOTE: The deadline for applying for the Early Admission to Kindergarten Screening is Thursday, March 22, 2018.


If I live in St. Paul, is my child guaranteed a spot at a Saint Paul Public School? Yes, for kindergarten through grade 12. The Student Placement Center works with families to find a place for every St. Paul student. When Pre-K classes are full, a wait list is maintained and families are contacted when and if a spot becomes available. Enrollment is based on priority consideration. See page 5 in the School Selection Guide for more information.


Do I have to provide verification of my address? You may be asked to provide verification of your address. This will be used to coordinate enrollment eligibility and bus transportation. Verification materials can include but are not limited to state issued ID or driver’s license and a utility bill in the parent/guardian’s name at the address listed on the application.