Most PPS families find a good fit close to home at their neighborhood school. Some like to explore focus schools or language immersion programs that go deep in a particular area such as the environment, the arts or a dual language. Some apply for limited transfer slots at other neighborhood schools.
The annual School Choice period, beginning with open houses in January and February, is a great time for transitioning families or those looking to make a change to explore what PPS has to offer.
Here's what you need to know:
Connect to Kindergarten/Open Houses in January, February
For children entering kindergarten in the fall, "Connect to Kindergarten" is the new name for the information sessions held at elementary and K-8 schools to tell incoming families about their program. PPS suggests that you attend your "Connect to Kindergarten" at your neighborhood school and, if you choose to, at other schools that interest you.
Middle schools, K-8s, high schools, alternative and charter schools also hold open houses or information sessions starting in January to give prospective families an overview of their programs.
To find your neighborhood schools, go to: www.pps.net/departments/enrollment-transfer/6478.htm
To learn the dates and times of all the information sessions, please go to PPS Ready, Set, Connect. A brochure with this information will also be available at elementary, K-8 and middle schools as well as library branches in early January.
Other information sources
The School Choice lottery
Families who wish to apply to a focus school or apply for limited transfer slots to another neighborhood school need to enter the School Choice lottery. Lottery dates are:
To learn about the lottery, go to the School Choice page: www.pps.net/schoolchoice
Other important pieces
At the high school level, eighth graders can choose to apply to one of two focus schools:
Other high school options include the Leadership & Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School; Alliance High School; and Metropolitan Learning Center, which is a K-12 school. Other alternative schools are listed under PPS Education Options.
PPS is currently working with the PK-8 schools in the Jefferson attendance area to balance enrollment among the schools. Because the number of students determines the number of teachers and therefore the strength and depth of an academic program in a school, the school district wants to balance enrollment across schools so that all have strong offerings for students.
Decisions on any changes at Beach; Boise-Eliot-Humboldt; Chief Joseph; Faubion; King; Ockley Green; Vernon or Woodlawn are expected this winter. PPS will work with families to insure informed choices for Fall 2013. Learn more about this process on the Enrollment Balancing webpage.
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