Open enrollment is defined as the process in which students that live within the attendance area of their resident district attend another public school district outside their geographically assigned district.
Students must apply for open enrollment within the application period. The open enrollment application period is established in state law as beginning on the first Monday in February at 12:00 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. on the last day in April. According to these guidelines theopen enrollment period for the 2016-17 school year will be 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2016 and goes until 4 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016.
For questions or a personal tour of our facilities please contact the District Office at 715-479-6487. You can also email Mary Mulleady, Open Enrollment Coordinator, or Dr. Mike Richie, District Administrator, with any questions or concerns about how to enroll your student(s) into our district.
An alternative application procedure allows pupils to apply for open enrollment at any time during a school year if certain criteria are met. Additional information regarding the alternative application procedure can be found at the Open Enrollment Exception Application website.
“I found Eagle River a dynamic community, with a spirit that I have not seen in many a year! Your high school – is beyond comprehension! I have told and retold what I was shown – to staff, friends, and even two people at the airport. I applaud you and your communities for such foresight! And, commitment to the youth of the school district.”
- Peter Woodburn, CEO/Senior Partner – Woodburn, Kyle & Co.
Wisconsin is in its sixteenth year in which state law permits children to attend public school in a school district other than the one in which they reside. During the inaugural year of Wisconsin open enrollment in 1998, 2,464 students from across the state participated in this schooling option. Data collected through the 2012-13 school year shows that 41,562 Wisconsin students participated in open enrollment since its inception (Department of Public Instruction).
We want the best for our students and have taken broad steps forward to meet the challenge of academic excellence. Northland Pines has a phenomenal staff in each of its five schools. Dedication, knowledge, and top-notch skills are shown by our teaching staff, and our support staff. We will always strive to better our programs and create an environment rich for learning. Northland Pines School District is fortunate to have outstanding educators and professionals working with pride for our students.
Dear Dr. Richie,
“We chose to enroll our two children in the Northland Pines School District for several reasons: outstanding faculty and staff; excellent curriculum and programming alternatives; robust extracurricular opportunities; and most importantly the district’s commitment to providing a family-oriented, well-rounded academic experience. Our family has been very impressed with the district’s willingness to provide educational alternatives that meet our children’s academic and social needs. The administration’s commitment to educational excellence is without question and we feel very fortunate to have Northland Pines School District as a school choice option in our area.”
In the fall of 2010 & again in 2012, Land O'Lakes Elementary School received the prestigious state "School of Recognition" Award
In the spring of 2011, Northland Pines School District and the YMCA of the Northwoods-Eagle River Branch received the "Standing Up for Rural WI Schools, Libraries, and Communities" Award
In the fall of 2011, Northland Pines School District received the "Special Olympics of WI Organization of the Year" Award
In the winter of 2011, Northland Pines School District received two Spectrum Awards of Excellence from the WI Schools Public Relations Association (WSPRA) for the district newsletter, "Voice of the Pines", and the district website, www.npsd.k12.wi.us
In the spring of 2012, Northland Pines High School Building Trades and CornerStone Custom Builders, Inc. partnership received the "Standing Up for Rural WI Schools, Libraries, and Communities" Award
In the winter of 2012, Northland Pines School District received the Lighthouse (Best of Show) Award as well as a Spectrum Award of Excellence from the WI Schools Public Relations Association (WSPRA) for our district promotional video
In the winter of 2012, Dr. Mike Richie received the WI Leadership Institute's Collaborative Leader of the Year Award for helping to organize an educational program focused culture, conservation, and commerce for China's top-ranked high school students
In March of 2013, Jackie Coghlan was named Middle School Principal of the Year by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) and will represent the state of Wisconsin at the National Convention in early 2014
In August 2013, John Hayes, Northland Pines High School Math Teacher, named a Wisconsin State Finalist for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction selection committeeand will proceed to the National level
In January 2014, Northland Pines High School science Teach, Robin Indermuehle received the "Standing Up for Rural WI Schools, Libraries, and Communities" Award for the "Grow Your Own Food in the 21st Century Class"
These are only a few of the many accomplishments of the Northland Pines staff and students. The Northland Pines School District is a great environment to receive a quality education. We invite you to find out more about our teachers, schools and programs. We are continually making improvements to our schools to offer all students a quality education. Some of our changes, initiatives and reasons why students should attend the Northland Pines School District include the following:
An Invitation to Explore:
The Northland Pines School District is proud to showcase the many activities throughout the district. We invite you to explore the endeavors and successes of our staff and students by browsing the remainder of our website. Tours of any of our facilities can easily be arranged by contacting our District Office at 715.479.6487. Questions regarding the Northland Pines School District can be directed to Dr. Richie at 715-479-6487, option 1, ext. 1, or via email.
Concealed Carry Law & Schools Wisconsin's Concealed Carry Law went into effect Nov. 1, 2011. No one, including a concealed-carry licensee, can carry a firearm on school grounds. This includes school buildings, athletic fields, recreation areas, and property owned, used or operated for school administration. For more information on the Concealed Carry Law, please visit http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/