open enrollment

noun

Definition of open enrollment

1 :the voluntary enrollment of a student in a public school other than the one assigned on the basis of residence
2 :enrollment on demand as a student in an institution of higher learning irrespective of formal qualifications

Examples of open enrollment in a Sentence

  1. Many voters support open enrollment.

  2. the city's open enrollment policy

  3. Employees can sign up for new benefits during open enrollment.

First Known Use of open enrollment

1964


OPEN ENROLLMENT Defined for English Language Learners

open enrollment

noun

Definition of open enrollment for English Language Learners

  • : a policy or process by which parents may send their children to a different public school than the one in their own community

  • : a period of time during which you can join something as a member or participant : a period of time during which you can enroll in something


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