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.
For the 2014-2015 school year, the application window
will open on Monday, April 14, 2014 and close on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Forms may be printed by clicking on the link to the right (starting April 14th), by visiting a school office or by stopping by the Administration Building. All completed forms must be returned to the Administration Building.
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. Parents/Guardians should first enroll the rising Kindergarten student at their home school and then submit a CHOICE application. Registration packets and CHOICE applications will be available at the Kindergarten Transition Fair on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Hult Center.
When will I hear if a placement has been made for my child? All applicants will be notified on or before August 1, 2014.
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 during the CHOICE process 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.
When will the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Application be available? The NCLB application is not available at this time. Currently, the State is waiting on information from the Federal Government regarding NCLB, and the District is waiting on 2014 ISAT test results prior to moving forward with this process.
Can I complete a NCLB Choice form and in addition to the District Choice and Boundary Waiver Application? Yes.