District CHOICE Program
Each year, Peoria Public Schools offers the District CHOICE program, consisting of two separate processes:
- District Choice
- Boundary Waivers
District Choice (opt-in/opt-out) recognizes that five District schools have special programming that a student may wish to consider. Northmoor Primary (K-4), Franklin Primary (K-5), Rolling Acres (5-8), Roosevelt (K-8) and Manual 7th/8th Grade Academy allow students who are assigned based on their home attendance area to apply for opt-out. Students residing in other schools' home attendance areas may apply to opt-in to one of these five schools. Applications are granted based on the opening in the student's grade level at the requested school. District Choice is a privilege and therefore discipline and attendance are taken into consideration for placement and renewal each year.
Finally, boundary waivers allow a student residing anywhere within District 150 to apply for attendance to any other school within the District, provided the school hosts his/her grade level. Applications are granted based on the opening in the student's grade level at the requested school. High school students are not eligible for boundary waivers. Boundary waiver placement is a privilege and therefore discipline and attendance are taken into consideration for placement and renewal each year.
For the 2015-2016 school year, the application window
will open on Monday, April 6, 2015 and close on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Forms may be completed by clicking on the link to the right (starting April 6th), by visiting a school office or by stopping by the Administration Building. This year, the form is electronic. Peoria Public Schools strongly encourages parents/guardians click on the "print" button once they hit the "done" button and get to the final screen of the application to print out the completed form for your records. Paper forms are also available. All completed paper forms must be returned to the Administration Building by the May 1st deadline.
To be considered for placement, students must a current District 150 student or be enrolled in Peoria Public Schools for the 2015-2016 school year. Anyone may submit a CHOICE application, however, the student must submit enrollment information prior to May 15, 2015 for the application to be considered. Early enrollment packets will be made available at the Kindergarten Transition Fair on April 25th and at all schools on April 27th.
Frequently Asked Questions...
My child is entering Kindergarten or will be new to the District next school year. What are his/her options? Early enrollment will take place starting at the Kindergarten Transition Fair on April 25th. Parents/Guardians may fill out a District Choice and Boundary Waiver Application starting April 6th if they wish to try to attend school outside the home attendance area. For an application to be considered, parents/guardians should enroll the rising Kindergarten or new student to the District at the Kindergarten Transition Fair or at their home school prior to May 15th. Early registration packets and CHOICE applications will be available at the Kindergarten Transition Fair on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Hult Center. Early registration packets will not be available at any school until Monday, April 27th.
When will I hear if a placement has been made for my child? All applicants will be notified on or before August 1, 2015.
How are placements made? Placements are made looking at projected enrollment for individual grade levels at each school. If your student is entering 3rd grade, class sizes for the 3rd grade will be reviewed to see if any placements can be made. Placements may be made in one grade level at a particular school, but not another, pending the projected class enrollment. First priority is given to those with siblings already attending the desired school. Siblings must be enrolled concurrently at the same school to receive sibling priority and applications must be received by the indicated deadline on the application. Siblings are students who share a biological or adoptive parent/guardian. After reviewing siblings, students are placed on a first come, first serve basis.
Should students re-apply each year? Students should re-apply each year only if that student has not been selected in the past to attend their preferred CHOICE School or Program. Students previously accepted into a CHOICE Program or School (with exclusion to BW) will be automatically rolled over to the same school until completion of the highest grade level, unless the family chooses to enroll in their home school. If a student has graduated from the highest grade level of their school, they must fill out a new application if they wish to continue on a CHOICE placement. Students enrolled through a BW CHOICE Application may need to re-apply each year. The attendance and discipline records of all students assigned through the CHOICE program will be reviewed each year to determine if the student is allowed to keep their Specialized Program placement or Boundary Waiver Placement the following year. Families will be notified at the end of the school year if a student will not be allowed to return to his/her CHOICE school.
What if my student or I do not like the school that was selected? Except for special circumstances approved by the Superintendent's Office, once the school year begins, students will not be allowed to re-enroll in their neighborhood school and must finish the year at the CHOICE School or Program that was selected.
How do I know if my child will receive District-provided transportation? Upon completion and review of the CHOICE Schools/Programs application, families will be notified via phone, email or U.S. Mail of the application's status, and transportation options for the family. Only students transferred to or from one of the District's five CHOICE schools (Northmoor Primary (K-4), Franklin Primary (K-5), Rolling Acres (5-8), Roosevelt (K-8) and Manual 7th/8th Grade Academy) are eligible for transportation.
When will the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Application be available? The NCLB application is not available at this time. The State of Illinois received a waiver from the Federal Government, which means Districts are no longer required to participate in the NCLB Choice program. Peoria Public Schools is allowing students place through an NCLB waiver prior to 2014 to continue to the highest grade level at the placement school. No new NCLB placements will be made.
What are the CHOICE options for high school students? District CHOICE and Boundary Waiver placements are not available to high school students. High school students must attend their home high school unless they have applied for and been accepted to the International Baccalaureate Programme at Richwoods High School, the Preparatory School for the Arts at Peoria High School, or was placed in the 7th and 8th grade Academy at Manual Academy and chose to stay at Manual for high school. Applications for IB and PSA are typically accepted during winter months with a deadline in December or January.