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Anyone interested in the possibility of a school choice seat next fall should apply. We accept applications for Grades K-12. The number of spaces and the determination of if seats will be open in any given grade will be determined based on current and projected enrollment and announced in April. There is no guarantee that seats will be open in any particular grade or school.

All School Choice Seats for the 2017-2018 school year have been FILLED

All of the available School Choice seats for the current (17-18) school year have been filled.

Choice seats were made available in Grades K, 2, 5, 6, 9, 11 and 12 only.

Thank you for your interest in Northampton Public Schools School Choice Program.  The inter-district school choice program allows a parent to enroll his or her child in a school district that is not the child’s home district. Because of space limitations, not all school districts accept out-of-district students under this program. Every year the school committee in each school district decides whether it will accept new enrollments under this program.  Tuition is paid by the sending district to the receiving district. Districts may elect not to enroll school choice students if no space is available.

Please note: The Inter-District School Choice program is for non-residents – The Intra-District School Choice Program is called the Open Enrollment Program and is for resident students.

School Choice Applications are required for each student applying and must be received by 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). Applications will be available starting in January 2018 with an April deadline.

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 waitlist.

School Choice Lottery will take place in May in the Superintendent’s Office, Central School Department.  Letters announcing the results will be mailed to each applicant who will have the option to accept or decline their seat.  Seats are filled by lottery when there are more applicants than seats in a specific grade. There is no preference given for former students or students of city or school employees.

Availability of School Choice Seats There are a limited number of openings for non-resident students based on the enrollment and voted on by the School Committee. The availability of School Choice seats (in grades K-12) varies year to year based on the enrollment per grade and school (not all schools and/or grades will have availability).

Bus Transportation is NOT available to School Choice Students

Northampton Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, or proficiency in the English language or a foreign language, or academic achievement. However, we can deny admission based on other factors, such as discipline problems.

Application Deadline

Applications for 2018-2019 will be accepted starting in January through the deadline of April 13, 2018. Applications are processed after the deadline (no preference for getting the application in earlier). Applications may be faxed to (413) 587-1318 or mailed to:

Northampton Public Schools
School Choice Program
212 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Northampton, MA 01060

or emailed to Jennifer Towler at [email protected]  Thank you for your interest in the Northampton Public Schools!

School Choice Timeline


This is a great time for families, especially those with next year’s kindergarten children to start the process of choosing a school for your child. Resident and non-resident families are welcome to attend any of our kindergarten information sessions as well as to visit our schools.  All our elementary schools will have special opportunities to visit classrooms (Visiting Days are held mid-January to mid-February). Those interested in middle school (grades 6-8) are welcome to participate in our parents’ information night (typically mid to late February). Parents and students interested in Northampton High School are welcome to attend small group tours held in the afternoon by our guidance counselors (typically scheduled for late winter).

This is the time to apply for our School Choice Program (non-residents) and our Open Enrollment (residents) Programs.


Spotlight Event at JFK- for all prospective students and their parents or guardians. Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm. The event will include curriculum highlights, clubs and activities, classroom visits, student performances, student work, a bake sale and more. Northampton High School Tours will be available every Wednesday in March & April. Please meet at the guidance office at 1:45 pm where a member of our guidance team will provide an overview and answer questions and then a student guide will complete a tour of the building. Calling ahead is not necessary. Private tours will not be available at other times. Please be careful where you park – the bus loop and areas directly nearest the school are tow zones. We are not able to accommodate requests for students to shadow. For those selected in the lottery and then enrolled, there will be ample opportunities to visit the school. Please check the high school schedule as all area families are welcome to attend drama and music concerts and events held throughout the winter and spring months.

April – May  

The School Choice application deadline is April 13, 2018.  Open Enrollment & Our School Choice lotteries take place in May.
May-June  Parents notified of lottery results then begin the registration and enrollment process (middle and high school students are required to meet with grade level counselors).


Limited but ongoing School Choice student registration along with new student orientations, back to school events, and more limited opportunities to meet with guidance at the middle & high school levels.

For more information, please contact: Jennifer Towler, Registrar & School Choice Coordinator (413) 587-1328; [email protected]

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