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All school choice seats that were opened for the 2019-2020 School Year have been filled through the lottery process. For next fall, the process will begin again in late winter with applications accepted late February (tbd) through the mid-April deadline (tbd).

Frequently Asked Questions

The seats to be opened is determined and announced on our website in April. The lottery to fill those seats takes place the first week in May.

ALL Applicants are notified by USPS mail indicating if a seat is being offered or if wait listed. In either case, you must respond to confirm 1) you’re are accepting a seat if one is being offered or 2) confirm you want to keep your student on the wait list for that grade.  If we do not hear from you by the deadline, the seat or wait list # will be forfeited. Thank you for complying with these important deadlines as it is necessary to fill all the seats and get students enrolled and processed as soon as possible. 

The number of seats made available in a specific grade vary greatly from year to year based on the enrollment. The number of applicants also varies greatly. There is no way to predict future school choice availability.

Bus Transportation is not available for School Choice students. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the parents/Guardians to provide daily transportation and to ensure students arrive at school on time and are promptly pick-up after school.

Applications must be received before the deadline in order to be considered in the lottery. Applications are held until the lottery and are not prioritized by the date received (NOT first come, first served).

Late Applications:  Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a roll-in basis with any remaining available seats being filled, first come first serve, or students will be added to the end of any grade’s existing wait list.

Applications from siblings of students already enrolled and attending in Northampton Public Schools under the School Choice program and who will remain in the School Choice program during that school year will receive priority in placement. 

Such students will be accepted first, IF space is available in the grade they are seeking.  If there are more applicants than the number of seats, a random drawing will be conducted among them to determine placement. Once siblings have been placed, the remaining vacancies will be filled by a random drawing

Should the number of applications exceed the number of vacancies, all applicants not accepted will be randomly selected and placed, in the order of their selection, on a waiting list.

Applicants of school or city employees and former students do not receive any preference in the lottery.

Parents will receive a Notice of Acceptance letter and Confirmation Form indicating their child’s status (seat awarded or waitlist status) via mail. Confirmation Forms must be returned by the deadline indicated in the letter

School Choice Acceptance does not ensure enrollment. Enrollment takes place after all enrollment requirements have been met.  Any false statements or omissions may disqualify the applicant from consideration for enrollment and may be considered justification for immediate dismissal if discovered at a later date

Visits to the school may be limited or not available during school hours and shadowing is not available. The High School may offer tours after school during the later winter and early spring. New students are encouraged to participate in new student orientation.

Your home district does not have to approve your child’s application for admission to NPS (though you will need to consult your prior school for their withdrawal procedures).

If your child is accepted into the program, the student is entitled to attend NPS through high school graduation, if continuously enrolled, when the choice seat was awarded though the lottery process (not mid-year).

Students currently receiving Special Education Services will be required to provide a current IEP at the time of Enrollment.

Once accepted and enrolled, parents must notify the school to report any changes in their home address.

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