Enrollment Options for Non-Residents
Non-resident students may be able to attend Riverdale on a tuition basis or through an inter-district transfer, on a space available basis, as illustrated below.
Inter-district transfers mean that your home district releases you to attend another school district, and your state funds follow you. This option would allow you to attend Riverdale at no charge. Every district has its own rules when it comes to inter-district transfers. While a few schools easily grant releases, most require you to participate in a transfer lottery for a limited number of spaces.
You will need to work directly with your home district and follow the steps in their request process. You'll want to start doing this right away, as most districts do not advertise their transfer lottery timelines. A transfer from your home district does not guarantee entrance to Riverdale. You must still earn a place in our enrollment lottery.
NOTE: All inter-district transfer approvals must be received in writing by the Riverdale District Office by June 1, 2020, in order to be considered for the 2020-21 school year. This deadline is in accordance with our budgeting process.
Tuition is an option for families who are unable to get an inter-district transfer, yet wish to invest in their child's education at Riverdale. View Riverdale's tuition schedule.
Either option requires you to complete the process outlined below, and participate in our enrollment lottery. We know this may seem complicated but, as a public school, this is the process required by state legislation. Please contact our enrollment coordinator, Hilary Chandler, at 503-262-4847 or by email if you have additional questions about the process.
Enrollment request process for non-resident K-12 students
2020-21 ENROLLMENT PROCESS
For the 2020-21 school year, we we will be opening spaces in Kindergarten, 9th and 10th grades. We will only accept enrollment requests for these grades, using the form below. If you are interested in another grade level, you can contact our enrollment coordinator to have your contact information stored in case we experience the need to open the enrollment process for additional grades later on. (If you are interested in preschool, please visit our Preschool Program page.)
PRE-STEP: Gather information, and consider attending an Info Event or Tour
While we don't require you to visit our school before deciding to request enrollment, we do recommend it. By attending our High School Info Night in the fall, taking a private Grade School Tour or scheduling a High School Shadow Day, you'll know if Riverdale is the right fit for your student. See ways to visit.
We also recommend spending time exploring this website, with particular attention to the following sections:
- Discover Riverdale
- Academics Overview (plus, the Grade School Academics and/or High School Academics)
- Arts at Riverdale
STEP ONE: Submit a request for enrollment
The Non-Resident Enrollment Request Form is available Sept. 9, 2019. The deadline for request forms for the 2020-21 school year will be Feb. 14, 2020.
STEP TWO: Lottery drawing
During the lottery process, Enrollment Request Forms received by the deadline are drawn in random order until capacity is reached. After capacity is reached, the lottery process continues until all enrollment forms are pulled and numbered according to the pull order and become the waiting list.
STEP THREE: Notification
Notification of enrollment or waiting list status will take place in March of each year. Families should be prepared to commit to a spot within a tight timeline once they are notified of acceptance. Please be prepared by that time, and have asked all your questions beforehand.
STEP FOUR: Contract and Deposit
Enrollment letters/contracts must be returned in order to secure your spot for the following school year.