Trustees approve Schools of Choice option for 2011-12

Update: The Ann Arbor Board of Education adopted the 2011-12 Schools of Choice option on March 30. For details, click here.

From AAPSNews Service

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education is considering a Schools of Choice option for 2011-12 that would open a window for applications from mid-April through mid-May.

The board received a first reading on the proposed School of Choice program on March 16 and is scheduled for a second reading on this Wednesday, March 30. If approved, the Ann Arbor Public Schools will open the School of Choice window for Washtenaw County residents between April 15 and May 15.

The limited Schools of Choice enrollment would be offered for residents living within Washtenaw County outside of the Ann Arbor Public Schools for the 2011-12 school year including the local districts of Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Whitmore Lake, Willow Run and Ypsilanti.

Upon approval, applications will be available on the district website beginning April 15 and in person at Balas Administration Building, 2555 S. State St. Ann Arbor. No applications will be taken before April 15 or after May 15 and applications would be required to be postmarked during the enrollment window.

Enrollment is proposed to be through a lottery process, not through a first-come-first-served process, officials said. A waiting list would be maintained for the remaining applications and prioritized through a random draw.

The proposal is for kindergarten, first and sixth grades with limited seats available for second, third, fourth and fifth grades. Elementary schools included in the proposal are: Abbot, Bryant, Carpenter, Dicken, Eberwhite, Lakewood, Logan, Northside, Pittsfield  and Pattengill. Middle schools include Clague, Forsythe, Scarlett, Slauson and Tappan.

Rules stress that transportation to-and-from school would be the responsibility of the participating parent/guardian. If approved, applications will be reviewed for accurate information, which may involve contacting the student’s current school. Acceptance will be conditional until the Ann Arbor Public Schools receives and reviews all school records.

For information, contact the Department of Student Enrollment at 734-994-2249.

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