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All school choice seats that were made available for the 2018-2019 School Year have been filled. The process for filling seats for next school year will start in March 2019. For the current school year NPS opened non-resident seats is Grades K, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 9th grade. The availability of seats varies year to year with next year’s openings being announced in April 2019.



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.

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 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.

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 or faxed to (413) 587-1318

Thank you for your interest in the Northampton Public Schools!

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