School Choice 2019-2020
The School Choice Lottery has taken place (May 1) and all applicants have been notified.
As of June 25, 2019 the following update is being provided (shown in red)
School Choice Application Deadline is April 19, 2019
Accepting applications in grades with availability as listed above
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
The lottery 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.
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.