Establishing and Verifying Residency

  • State law requires that a student reside within the district boundaries to be eligible for enrollment, or have been approved for an interdistrict transfer. Residency is the physical location where the student resides. For families with shared custody (i.e. divorced, separated) this is generally defined as the location where a student spends a minimum of four nights a week. A student must live within the Mercer Island District attendance boundaries and establish residency to be eligible for enrollment.

    All families are required to establish Mercer Island residency prior to student enrollment. For detailed information about enrollment, please read Board Policy 3120.

    Residents will need to present new proofs of residency to a school registrar if they move to a different location on the island. For detailed information about establishing residency, including the necessary documents, please read the information in Board Policy form 3120 F1.

    Nonresident student enrollment follows Policy 3141 Enrollment Nonresident Students.

    The superintendent or designee will determine no later than April 15th, annually, if the district is open to new nonresident student enrollment.
    All applications for nonresident attendance will be considered equally on a fair, rational, and equitable basis as provided herein pursuant to RCW 28A.225.225 and WAC 392-137-205(1). The District shall provide information on its interdistrict enrollment policies to nonresidents on its web site and in writing upon request, and have copies of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's annual information booklet on enrollment options in the state available for public inspection at each school building, the central office, and local public libraries.

    A parent/guardian shall apply for admission on behalf of his or her child by presenting
    1. A Mercer Island School District Choice Transfer Request, Form 3141F, completed by the resident school district releasing the student, 
    2. A completed Mercer Island School District Nonresident Attendance Application, Form 3141F2, and 
    3. A copy of the complete student records file from the releasing district.
    Applications must be filed or updated annually and transfer requests shall not be granted for longer than the one academic year or portion thereof.

    Failure to submit Form 3141F1 executed by the releasing District, a complete Form 3141F2, and a complete copy of the student’s records, or any material misrepresentation of facts by the applicants regarding application information shall be grounds for denying the admission request.

    2022-23 School Year: District is closed to new non-resident student enrollment

    March 10, 2022 – Pursuant to Board Policy 3141, Enrollment-Nonresident Students, and based on current and projected enrollment, Superintendent Colosky has determined that the District is not open to new nonresident student enrollment for the 2022-23 school year. The Superintendent has also considered that additional, discretionary enrollment of new nonresident students beyond this anticipated student enrollment will create a financial or programmatic hardship in light of available resources for the District.

    However, to avoid disruption to the educational programs of certain students and to encourage family involvement and support in the education of those children, the District does allow certain nonresident students to apply for nonresident status. Please refer to Board Policy 3141 for the circumstances under which the District accepts certain nonresident students’ applications. As provided for in state law, children of District employees, children of its contracted services employees and children of military families are allowed to attend as nonresident students and must submit the appropriate application.

    All applications for nonresident attendance will be considered equally on a fair, rational, and equitable basis as pursuant to RCW 28A.225.225 and WAC 392-137-205(1)