Welcome to the Monticello Community School District!  The District serves students in the town of Monticello and surrounding areas.  The District has four buildings within the city limits:  Shannon Elementary (Grades PreK -1st), Carpenter Elementary (Grades 2-4), Monticello Middle School (Grades 5-8), and Monticello High School (Grades 9-12).

We passed a bond vote for September 11, 2018 for a new Middle School Building, grades 5-8, which will be attached to our current High School.  To find out more information, click here.

Shannon Elementary also houses our before and after school child care and summer program called Panther Academy.  For more information on Panther Academy please visit their page or call Panther Academy Director, Tammy Helgens at 465-5425 OR 465-3000 extension 4212 OR email: tammy.helgens@monticello.k12.ia.us

We also have a Transition School.  The Monticello Transition Center programming is designed for students entitled to Special Education services who have completed their Senior year of  high school and have incomplete living skills, work skills and communication skills. A referral and application process is necessary for entrance.  If you have any questions regarding the Monticello Transition Center please contact Cindy Arnold, Transition Center Teacher at 319-465-3989.

How do I enroll my child(ren)? – If you live in the district or plan to move to the district, please contact the school building where your children will attend or you may also contact the District Office.  All buildings can be reached at 319-465-3000.     Below is a map showing the district boundaries.

Monticello School District Boundary Map

If you wish to enroll and you do not live within the District, please contact the District Office at 319-465-3000.  Open enrollment information is also listed below.  Please note the deadlines!

Open Enrollment is the process by which parents/guardians residing in an Iowa district may enroll their children into another Iowa school district under the terms and conditions of Iowa Code section 282.18 and 281–Iowa Administrative Code chapter 17.  The deadline for students entering Grades 1-12 is March 1st. The deadline for students entering kindergarten is September 1st.  Open Enrollment applications must be submitted to the resident and to the receiving districts.

Regular education students are eligible [to open enroll] for grades K – 12, if the student is 5 years of age on or before September 15. [Kindergarten does not include preschool.]  Students that are younger than 5 years old do not qualify for open enrollment unless the student has an instructional Individualized Education Program (IEP), where the student is eligible to be counted for certified enrollment.

• Students cannot open enroll into Statewide Voluntary Four Year Old Preschool programs. Parents can enroll a student into any district that offers Statewide Voluntary Four Year Old Preschool program whether or not it is their resident district without the need to open enroll.

• A special education preschooler with an instructional IEP is eligible for open enrollment if services are provided in an early childhood special education program and if the preschooler is eligible to be included in certified enrollment. Iowa Code section 282.18(8).

Students that open enroll in Grades 9-12, shall not be eligible to participate in VARSITY contests and competitions during the first ninety (90) school days of transfer.  Please contact the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union at (515) 288-9741 or the Iowa High School Athletic Association at (515) 432-2011 for questions regarding eligibility.

Parents are responsible for transporting children open enrolled to another district. This applies to all students, including those with an IEP.  As a general rule, if the need for transportation as a related service is stated in the IEP, the parent is responsible for this obligation under open enrollment. If a child open enrolls to a district that is contiguous (borders) to the home district, and the parents’ income meets economic eligibility requirements, the family may receive a stipend for transportation or be provided transportation by the district.  Income verification must be provided to the resident district.

The deadline for filing an open enrollment application for students Grades 1-12 for the 2018-19 school year is March 1, 2019.  If a student is entering school for the first time as a kindergarten student, the deadline is September 1, 2019.  For more information, click on the Open Enrollment Directions below.  One form must be completed for each child.  The application remains in effect unless you notify us in writing of a change in plans or residence.

Any questions can be directed to the District Office at 319.465-3000, ext. 5200

Home Schooling/Private Instruction

The Monticello Community School District does not have a Home School Assistance Program.  If you are interested in home schooling your child(ren), please contact the District Office for more information – 319-465-3000, ext. 5200 or click here!  For those students that are home schooled and are interested in having their child take driver’s education, please contact the High School Office at 319-465-3000, ext. 1300.