• STUDENT APPLICATION TIMELINE FOR PARENTS
    For the 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

    Document Name / Process (Parent forms click on red text)
    From
    Received by
    Deadline

    Student Application
     

    Parent or Guardian

    Choice District
     
    Dec. 3, 2019
    Notice of Intent to Participate
    (If registered in resident district’s public school or applicant is Tier 1)

    Parent or Guardian

    Resident District

    Dec. 3, 2019


    Lottery held (if applicable)


    Choice District


    n/a
    Dec. 18, 2019 @ 10 AM

    Folsom School Main Office
    Notice of Conditional Acceptance, Rejection, or Wait Listing
    Choice District

    Parent or Guardian
     
    Dec. 20, 2019
    Student's Notice of Intent to Enroll in the Choice District
    (Submit to only ONE choice district)

    Parent or Guardian

    Choice District

    Jan. 6, 2020

    Transportation Requests

    Choice District

    Resident District

     
    March 15, 2020

    Late Applications

    Districts may accept late applications after the December 3, 2019 deadline, however, no new applicants can be enrolled above the district’s approved maximum enrollment for FY2021. Late applicants can be considered for enrollment only after those who applied before the deadline.
    If, after the NJDOE data submission deadline of Jan. 22, 2020, any accepted choice students decide to drop their acceptance, the district may replace them with students on the waitlist, including students who applied after the December 3 deadline - provided late applicants are considered after those who applied before the deadline.


    After the FY2020 NJDOE enrollment data collection on January 22, 2020, no additional choice seats can be added, with the following exception: Districts that accept a student with a NJDOE-approved waiver of the application deadline may enroll the student at any time and may exceed the district's approved enrollment maximum. A student who is granted a waiver will be given priority over any waitlisted students. Parents can request a waiver form by emailing the the Choice Program Office.

     


     


     

    Tier 1 and 2 Definitions

    Tier 1 students are students who are enrolled in a NJ public school in their resident school district during the time of application and for the entire year (2019-20) immediately preceding enrollment in a choice district. If a student moved during the school year and attended the resident public school of his/her old district of residence, he/she is also considered Tier 1. Choice districts must first fill their available seats with Tier 1 students. If the number of Tier 1 applications exceeds the number of choice seats available, the choice district must hold a lottery to randomly select students. Charter school students are considered to be Tier 1. To qualify as Tier 1 for kindergarten, a student must be attending a state-funded preschool in his or her resident district, a student resides in a district that does not offer a state-funded preschool, or a student has a sibling currently attending the choice district. Most students applying for kindergarten are in Tier 1.


    Tier 2 students include NJ residents who have not attended their resident public school for the entire year immediately prior to enrollment in the desired choice district and do not otherwise meet the requirements for Tier 1. This would include students who have been attending public school outside their districts of residence or private school. Choice districts are not obligated to accept Tier 2 students. If a choice district accepts Tier 2 applicants, they may do so only after all of the qualified Tier 1 applicants have been accepted. If the number of Tier 2 applications exceeds the number of choice seats available, the choice district must hold a Tier 2 lottery to select students.

     
     
    District Choice Policies
    The district accepts Tier 2 students.  YES
    The district gives enrollment preference to students who have a sibling currently attending the choice district, provided they will enroll in a choice-approved grade/program and they meet any program-specific criteria.  YES
    The district gives enrollment preference to choice students who have completed the terminal grade of the sending district (i.e., students who attend a choice district with grades that terminate before 12th grade and with a natural progression to this choice district). DOES NOT APPLY
    The district gives enrollment preference to resident students who move before the application deadline. If resident students move and file choice applications for the following year prior to the deadline, the district will give them enrollment preference (i.e., accept them ahead of other applicants), PROVIDED that there are choice seats available in the choice-approved grades/ programs and the students meet any program-specific criteria. If the district has already reached its approved choice enrollment maximum, this preference will not apply. YES
    The district gives special consideration to resident students who move after the application deadline. Students in this situation may apply as late applicants, PROVIDED that there are choice seats available in the choice-approved grades/programs and the students meet any program-specific criteria. If the district has already reached its approved choice enrollment maximum, this special consideration will not apply. YES
     
    TRANSPORTATION NOTE TO PARENTS

    Transportation of choice students is not guaranteed. If a student is eligible for transportation (within 20 miles of the school) and the cost will exceed the maximum amount designated in the Annual Appropriations Act, the parent/guardian will be given aid in lieu of transportation and, in some cases, the option of receiving the transportation and paying the additional amount over the maximum. By Aug. 1, 2020, parents should receive notification of their transportation options from the resident district.

    For more information, read the Transportation Procedures for choice students..
     

    Reference : http://www.state.nj.us/education/choice/apptimes.htm
    State Timeline pdf file:   http://www.state.nj.us/education/choice/apptimes.pdf