District CHOICE Program
Each year, Peoria Public Schools offers the District CHOICE program, consisting of three separate processes:
- No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Choice (as mandated by the Federal Government)
- District Choice
- Boundary Waivers
No Child Left Behind mandates that a school that does not meet Adequately Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years allow students to apply for attendance at a school that has met AYP. Federal law requires applicants be considered with priority given to the lowest performing students within a school that has not met AYP. Once the appropriate percentage of federal funding is exhausted,the NCLB Choice program is complete.
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.
The application window has not been announced for the 2014-2015 school year.
Frequently Asked Questions...
My child is entering Kindergarten. What are his/her options? Incoming or rising Kindergarten students are not eligible for NCLB Choice, however, Parents/Guardians may fill out a District Choice and Boundary Waiver Application if they wish to try to attend school outside the home attendance area.
If I received a yellow application sheet in the mail, can I complete it and the District Choice and Boundary Waiver Applications? Yes