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Placement Priorities

Each year through the budget planning process, Minneapolis Public Schools determines class-size targets, and how many classrooms will be at each elementary, middle and high school in each grade.

Our online placement system assigns every incoming school request a random lottery number and a priority level based on the factors below. 

This is a simplified version of Regulation 5262A: Protocols For School Assignment. If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at sps.department@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-1840.

Requests are prioritized in the following order:
  1. Students who live in the school’s geographic attendance area
  2. Students who live in the school’s area and have a sibling who currently attends the requested school and will continue to attend for the coming school year
  3. Students who live inside the city of Minneapolis but outside the school’s attendance area and have a sibling who currently attends the requested school and will continue to attend for the coming school year
  4. Students who live inside the city of Minneapolis but outside the school’s attendance area
  5. Students whose home address is not in the city of Minneapolis
Requests are prioritized in the following order:
  1. Students who live inside the city of Minneapolis and within a half-mile radius of the school
  2. Students who live inside the city of Minneapolis and were unable to enroll at their requested attendance area community school due to lack of capacity
  3. Students who live inside the city of Minneapolis and have a sibling who currently attends the requested school and will continue to attend for the coming school year
  4. As part of MPS’s goal of having magnet schools that are economically diverse, students are prioritized based on whether or not they qualify for educational benefits (previously called free and reduced price lunch). Students qualifying for educational benefits are prioritized for schools that have lower numbers of qualifying students and non-qualifying students are prioritized for schools with lower numbers of non-qualifying students.
  5. Students who are experiencing homelessness
Requests are prioritized in the following order:
  1. Students who live in the school’s geographic attendance area
  2. Students who live in the school’s area and have a sibling who currently attends the requested school and will continue to attend for the coming school year
  3. Students who live inside the city of Minneapolis but outside the school’s attendance area and have a sibling who currently attends the requested school and will continue to attend for the coming school year
  4. Students seeking to enroll in any MPS high school through the “We Want You Back” recruitment program
  5. Students who live inside the city of Minneapolis but outside the school’s attendance area
  6. Students whose home address is not in the city of Minneapolis
Requests are prioritized in the following order:
  1. Students who live inside the city of Minneapolis
  2. Current eighth graders who are participating in similar academic programming in an MPS middle school
  3. Students who live inside the city of Minneapolis and have a sibling who currently attends the requested school and will continue to attend for the coming school year
For all preschool programs, students who live in the requested school’s attendance area AND meet one or more of the following criteria are prioritized:
  • Qualifies for educational benefits (free or reduced lunch) based on family income)
  • Has a home language other than English
  • Is homeless or highly mobile
  • Qualifies for special education services
  • Is identified through screening as having a risk factor that may influence learning
  • Is defined as at risk by Minneapolis Public Schools

Children who are age-eligible for kindergarten are not eligible for enrollment in High Five unless specified by their special education individual education plan (IEP).

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Minneapolis, MN 55411