NEW Out of District Fee Policy

  • Procedures For Enrollment Of New And Continuing Non-Resident Students:

    Students who do not reside within the city limits of the City of Tuscumbia may apply for enrollment in the Tuscumbia City Schools.

    Beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, all non-resident students who enroll with Tuscumbia City Schools will be assessed an out of district fee. All students who were enrolled with Tuscumbia City Schools at the end of the 2023-2024 school year and were in good standing, will be Grandfathered into the district. If there are gaps in enrollment, the Out of District fee must be paid prior to enrolling with Tuscumbia City Schools.

    1. All students who were enrolled with Tuscumbia City Schools and in good standing at the end of the 2023- 2024 school year are Grandfathered into the district. (No fee applied)

    2. All students of current employees who are out of district will have their fee waived as long as they are employed with Tuscumbia City Schools regardless of when they enroll. (No fee applied)

    3. All students who have gaps in enrollment (were enrolled with Tuscumbia City Schools and withdrew to another school system) must pay the out of district fee prior to enrolling with Tuscumbia City Schools.

    4. All out of district fees must be paid in entirety prior to attendance.

    Out of district student fees will be as follows:

    1st Student - $300.00 per year

    2nd or more Students - $150.00 per student/per year

    All out-of-district applicants who are permitted to attend Tuscumbia City Schools shall complete school registration forms. Applications for out-of-district enrollment shall be considered on a "first-come, first-served" basis. In situations in which space is limited, priority will be given to a student who:

    1. Was enrolled in a school in Tuscumbia City Schools the previous year;

    2. Has a sibling enrolled at the requested school;

    3. Has a parent or legal guardian employed by Tuscumbia City Schools.

    Factors which may cause an out-of-district enrollment to be denied include:

    1. A school, grade or program(s) has a lack of available space, staff or support services, taking in-district enrollment projections into consideration;
    2. The school requested does not offer appropriate programs, is not structured or equipped with the necessary facilities to meet the needs of the student, or does not offer a particular program requested; 
    3. The student does not meet the established eligibility criteria for participation in a particular program including age requirements, course prerequisites, and required levels of academic performance;
    4. The student has been suspended or expelled from school, or is in the process of being expelled;
    5. The student has withdrawn from a school to avoid possible suspension of expulsion;
    6. The student has a history of documented disciplinary infractions within the past three (3) years;
    7. The student has been adjudicated or convicted of a crime;
    8. The student has a record of excessive absences or truancy from school; or
    9. Information on the enrollment application was misrepresented or incomplete.

    The out-of-district approval process is as follows:

    1. The parent or guardian must submit a completed application and provide any and all supplemental information requested by the District. 28
    2. The receiving school principal and/or Special Education Director makes a recommendation to approve or not approve the enrollment application.
    3. The recommendation is sent to the Superintendent.
    4. The Superintendent approves or denies the request.
    5. Out of district fee must be paid prior to attendance.

    An approved application shall be valid for one year only. All non-residents must apply each year.

    The Tuscumbia City School District reserves the right to revoke the enrollment status of an out-of-district student at any time because of unacceptable behavior or because of false, misleading or incomplete information on the enrollment application. In the event of a revocation, the Superintendent or designee shall inform the parent/guardian of the circumstances which resulted in the revocation decision. There is no appeal process; the decision of the Superintendent is final. No refunds of out of district fees will be given.

    Procedures To Revoke Admission Due To Overcrowding:

    • Enrollment numbers will be monitored by grade and program. When overcrowding occurs the following process will be followed to reduce enrollment.

    • Enrollment of non-resident student will be revoked in reverse order of item four of “Procedures for Enrollment of New Non-Resident Students”. The last in first out method will be applied to priority three first*, priority two next** and priority one last***. Students that have their enrollment revoked due to overcrowding may complete the current semester that they are enrolled.

    *First come, first selected for each grade based on date of enrollment application.

    ** Siblings of current non-resident students.

    *** Students of non-resident employees.