School Choice Seats for 2018-2019
All school choice seats that were made available for the current school year have been filled. For the current school year NPS opened non-resident seats is Grades K, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 9th grade.
School Choice 2019-2020
The availability of seats (per grade and school) will be announced on this webpage in April.
School Choice Application Deadline is April 19, 2019
At this time we are accepting applications in ALL grades even though it is unlikely we will have availability in all grades. If the grade you are applying for ends up not having any openings, you will be notified by mail.
SCHOOL CHOICE APPLICATION 2019-2020 (Click RED Button Below to download)
Applications should be submitted to:
Northampton Public Schools
School Choice Program
212 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Northampton, MA 01060
or emailed to Jennifer Towler at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (413) 587-1318
Frequently Asked Questions
Seats are limited and vary greatly from year to year based on the enrollment.
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).
The lottery will take place the first week of May and ALL applicants will be notified by mail after the lottery
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.
Your child may be denied a School Choice Seat based on past school disciplinary actions in accordance with MA General Laws.
Once accepted and enrolled, parents must notify the school to report any changes in their home address.