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All school choice seats that were made available for the 2018-2019 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. 
Availability of School Choice Seats for next fall will be announced on this page in April. We have not yet made any determinations. 
 
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).
 

Application Information

Applications for the 2019-2020 School Year will be available on this site starting on March 1, 2019.

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). 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.

Thank you for your interest in the Northampton Public Schools!

 

Application Deadline:  April 19, 2019

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 jtowler@northampton-k12.us or faxed to (413) 587-1318

SCHOOL CHOICE APPLICATION 2019-2020 (Click Grey Button Below)

School Choice Program Information

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 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.

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.

PLEASE READ BEFORE CALLING WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

According to Mass General Law, all school-age children who live in Massachusetts are entitled to attend a public school free of charge and all children between the ages of 6 and 16 must attend school. Most children attend school in their home district, the school district in which they reside. The School Choice Program which Northampton Public Schools (NPS) participates in allows parents the opportunity to have their children attend our schools while residing in a surrounding town. 

As a parent of a student applying to the School Choice Program, I understand and agree to the following guidelines:

  1. There are a limited number of School Choice allocations and participation in the School Choice Program is determined by The Northampton School Committee’s annual vote. The number of seats per school and grade varies from year to year based on our enrollment.
  • An Application is required for each student applying and those applications must be received by the deadline.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  1. Your child may be denied a School Choice Seat based on past school disciplinary actions in accordance with MA General Laws.
  1. 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.
  1. Once accepted and enrolled, parents must notify the school to report any changes in their home address.
  1. The School Choice Lottery will take place in May, with notifications mailed the following week.

Applicable Laws: 

MGL, Ch 76, Sec 12B (j) permits public schools to establish terms for accepting non-resident choice students.

MGL, Ch 71, Sec 37L; Ch 71, Sec 37H ©; permits public schools to review the student’s complete school record

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