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Open enrollment is working well in Fairfield |

Fairfield City Schools began allowing students from other districts to enroll in the district beginning with the 2012-13 school year. It was seen as a way to offset the dollars the district was losing to other districts when Fairfield students enrolled in neighboring districts.

The net gain of students has ranged from 39 to as high as 92 in 2014 when 243 students enrolled in the district but only 151 left for other districts, said Matt Crapo, the district’s director of student services.

Fairfield’s policy only allows students from other schools to enroll if it doesn’t change the receiving school’s racial balance, displace a district student, exceed class size limits, doesn’t increase staffing, and other conditions.