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Duneland Teaching and Learning

NEW FAMILY INFORMATION
Welcome to Duneland School Corporation

Duneland School Corporation’s (DSC) mission is to provide a safe, collaborative, and engaging environment where all students are empowered to explore their talents, build on their curiosity, embrace high expectations, and become responsible, caring individuals.  

What is the difference between ENROLLMENT and REGISTRATION?

Student enrollment is the one-time process of arranging to attend Duneland School Corporation. Once a student is enrolled with Duneland School Corporation, they are eligible to proceed with registration.

Registration is the yearly process of reviewing and updating student information typically done electronically prior to the start of school.

New Students Apply Online NOW

Enrollment Requirements for NEW Students

For the upcoming school year, children enrolling in kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 1, unless granted an early admission waiver by the superintendent of schools. A birth certificate, not a hospital certificate, must be presented during the registration process.

For information about the minimum immunization requirements, visit the Duneland School Corporation Health Services site. Indiana Public Law 50 mandates that all children have their immunizations current before entering school in August. Parents of all students should review their child's immunization record now to make sure that they are current with the Indiana 2023-24 Required and Recommended School Immunizations prior to entering school.

Please contact your physician to update your child's immunization status or call the local health department. The Porter County Health Department conducts immunizations BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Contact the Porter County Health Department at 465-3525. 

Out-of-District Enrollment

IN-PERSON LEARNING K-12 (CLOSED)
Due to Board Policy, out-of-district enrollment is CLOSED for in-person learning.   For more information, please contact our district residency contact, Connie Crowley, at 983-3600 or ccrowley@duneland.k12.in.us

NWI ONLINE K-12
NWI Online is the ONLY Duneland School that allows students who live outside of the Duneland School district to attend. Apply at NWI Online School K-12

Helpful Information

To learn about your child’s respective school, please click on the appropriate school below. 

DuneNews

The Dune News is a weekly communication newsletter that provides important updates, district messaging, information, and special events. It also highlights student and staff achievements throughout the district.  Please remember to review the Dune News each week throughout the school year. The Dune News is emailed to all families every Thursday afternoon and is also available on the Duneland School Corporation website (linked above). 

Emergency Weather

Please review the current DSC Emergency School Closing Procedures.

DSC Strategic Plan

The DSC Strategic Plan provides the focus and alignment for the district for the next five (5) years. This plan outlines the DSC Vision, Mission, Core Values, Goals and Action Plan for our school district.  Visit the link to review the DSC Strategic Plan.

DSC COVID-19 Response Plan 2024-2025

Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, our level may change at any time. DSC Administration will continue to provide COVID-19 information through email, phone messages, district and school-wide newsletters and the corporation website that is relevant for students and families. Please review the district’s current COVID-19 Response Plan 2023-2024

Which School Will My Child Attend?

Please view our district attendance boundary map to help determine which elementary school your child will attend based on the location of your residence. You may also call our Transportation office at 983-3615 and give them your address for information on which elementary and/or intermediate school your child will attend.  All students in grades 7-8 will attend Chesterton Middle School and grades 9-12 will attend Chesterton High School.

Proof of Residency Requirements

Proof of Residency (i.e. legal settlement) is required for all new students and students whose residence within the district has changed since they last enrolled in school. Acceptable documentation of legal settlement must include the parent/guardian name, student and parent/guardian’s current address on one of the following: Mortgage statement or lease agreement OR two (2) of the following documents with a current date and address; pay stub, utility bill, bank statement, vehicle registration, voter registration or Indiana issued driver’s license.

K-12 Curricular Fees

Following the passage of recent legislation on textbooks/curriculum materials, Duneland will not be collecting textbook and instructional supply fees for the upcoming school year.  Instead, funding for these items will come from state reimbursement and local school funds.  This includes textbook, software, and hardware costs as well as other items required for educating our students. 

Promise Indiana for Grades K-1

The PROMISE program of Porter County offers hope and help for post-secondary education and training. Enroll to receive up to $100 in your child's college savings account. Learn more by visiting the Promise Indiana website.