New Students

Welcome to Williston Public School District #1.

Updated New Student Enrollment Steps:

Step 1: Determine your home is in the WPSD#1 boundaries

  • Visit the Williams County website
  • Type your address into the top left-hand search box
  • If your address is in YELLOW, you reside in WPSD#1.

McKinney-Vento Act: If you are currently living in a hotel/motel, camper, vehicle, or shared housing with others, or are an unaccompanied youth with no legal parent/guardian, you may qualify for the McKinney-Vento Act, a Federal Law designed to remove barriers to education created by homelessness and provide for the educational rights of students in transition.  Please contact Allison Stensland at (701)609-7673 for any questions or to make a determination if your family qualifies.

Step 2: Please fill out the online New Student Pre-Registration form Here or the Spanish translation Here and provide the following documents electronically either through that form, or by emailing them to enrollment@willistonschools.org. 

If you require further assistance with translation, please call our District Office at  (701)572-1580 ext.1012 and we will coordinate with a translator to assist you.

You must have each of the following:

  • A copy of your child’s state certified birth certificate

    WPSD#1 requires a copy of the state certified birth certificate for each student, not the hospital copy.

  • A copy of your child’s current immunization record

    Per NDCC 33-06-05, all students must be up-to-date on their immunizations, or claim an exemption by October 1st each school year.  The student will be excluded from school until the requirements are met.

  • Current ND Photo ID/Driver’s License or Tribal Card

    If you do not have a ND Photo ID/Driver’s License, you may bring in DMV appointment email to enroll, and then bring in your ND Photo ID/Driver’s License within 10 days after that appointment.

  • Primary Proof of Residence(choose one from items below)
    • Home Mortgage Statement OR
    • Notarized Residency Affidavit OR
    • Builder’s Agreement OR
    • Purchase Agreement OR
    • Homeowner’s Insurance Policy OR
    • Williams County Property Tax Statement OR
    • Lease/Rental Agreement (must list the names of parents/guardians living in the rental unit, along with the manager’s name and phone number)
  • Secondary Proof of Residence* – Must Be Within the Last 30 Days(choose one from items below)
    • Current Gas, Electric, or Water Bill OR
    • Current Cable or Satellite TV Bill OR
    • Department of Social Services Documentation

*If you have just moved and do not have a secondary proof of residence document, you may be given a 30-day extension to provide that to the enrollment office.

Unacceptable documents: US Mail, Post Office Change of Address, Credit Card/Bank Statements, Personal Taxes, Medical Bills, Payroll Checks, Auto Insurance Policy, W-2 Forms, or any other document not listed above.

Step 3: Complete the Online Registration Form

Once steps 1 and 2 are completed, the enrollment team will email the parent/guardian an online registration snapcode to finish registering their student.

Please note that until all 3 steps have been completed, your student is not enrolled to attend WPSD#1.

Enrollment FAQs:

Q:  Can I choose what school my students will go to?
A:  For grades K-4, you may request a school, however we do not guarantee placement at that school.  Grades 5-6 attend Bakken Elementary, grades 7-8 attend Williston Middle School, and grades 9-12 attend Williston High School.

Q:  How soon will my new student be attending classes once they are registered?
A:  For grades K-8, there will be 2 full school days before your student will begin classes after all registration steps have been completed.

For grades 9-12, it may take up to 1 week (or longer) after all registration steps have been completed before your student will begin classes.  This all depends on how long it takes our registrars to receive records from the previous school.  The High School will contact the parents when this is complete.  If you have a copy of your student’s unofficial transcript, please email it to enrollment@willistonschools.org to help expedite this process.

Q:  My student turned 5 after August 1, 2019.  Can I enroll them into Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year?
A:  No, per North Dakota Century Code 15.1-06-01, the student must be 5 years old by August 1 of that school year, unless they have been attending kindergarten in another state. 

If you have any questions about the required documents, completing the online forms, or other enrollment questions, please contact our District Office at (701)572-1580 ext. 1012 or enrollment@willistonschools.org.