2018-19 Schools of Choice Programs

Rockford Public Schools welcomes non-resident students through two Schools of Choice Programs.
The program you apply for is determined by the school district you live in.

Key Points for Both Programs:
  • If selected, we will do our best to place your child at your requested school. However, class sizes may require an alternate placement.
  • Placement may be denied for students who have been suspended, expelled, or convicted of a felony.
  • Once accepted into SOC, there is no need to apply every year as long as you reside in a qualifying district.
  • Transportation is the responsibility of the parent.
  • The MHSAA requires new SOC students to wait one semester after enrollment to be eligible for participation in athletics.
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KENT ISD COLLABORATIVE SCHOOLS OF CHOICE

Applications will be accepted starting April 9, 2018, and run through the first day of school or until all slots are filled.

FOR:  Families who live in one of the 20 Kent ISD school districts but not in the Rockford Public School District
NUMBER OF OPENINGS: 
200*
APPLICATION PERIOD:  Online applications will be accepted April 9, 2018 through the first day of school (August 27, 2018)

 

PLACEMENTS:  We anticipate offering placement to all eligible applicants.

NOTIFICATION OF PLACEMENTS:

  • Applications received by May 11 will be notified by May 21 of offer of placement. Applicants must confirm acceptance no later than May 30.
  • Applications received after May 11 are usually notified within two weeks of application.
  • APPLY HERE (Application period closed) 
  • Applicants who submit applications to more than one district may be disqualified from Schools of Choice.
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*PLACEMENT LIMITATIONS FOR 2018-19:

Developmental Kindergarten/Kindergarten:
Developmental kindergarten is only open to families with students already attending the district and those students will be placed at Crestwood Elementary
Children turning five years old on or before April 30, 2018:  Will be placed in kindergarten.
Children turning five years old on May 1 or on or before September 1, 2018: Will be screened to determine eligibility for Schools of Choice.
Children turning five years old after September 1, 2018: Are not eligible for Schools of Choice.

12th grade: no new SOC students will be accepted into 12th grade (current RPS students who have moved out of district may apply).

Valley View Elementary: must already be attending or have sibling currently attending.

North Rockford Middle: must already be attending or have sibling currently attending.

105c SCHOOLS OF CHOICE

Applications will be accepted from May 4-18, 2018 only.

FOR:  Families who live in a school district in the Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, or Ottawa intermediate school districts
NUMBER OF OPENINGS: 
15 in Grades K-12* (2018-19)
APPLICATION PERIOD:  May 4-18, 2018

PLACEMENTS:  If the district receives more application than slots available, a random lottery will be conducted.  Preference will be given to siblings of current SOC students.

NOTIFICATION OF PLACEMENTS:  Applicants will be notified by May 25 and must confirm acceptance no later than June 8.

Special education/504 Plan students for whom a written cooperative agreement regarding costs cannot be obtained with their district of residence will be refused Schools of Choice.

APPLY HERE  (Application period closed)

*PLACEMENT LIMITATIONS:

Developmental Kindergarten/Kindergarten:
Developmental kindergarten is only open to families with students already attending the district and those students will be placed at Crestwood Elementary.
Children turning five years old on or before April 30, 2018:  Will be placed in kindergarten.
Children turning five years old on May 1 or on or before September 1, 2018: Will be screened to determine eligibility for Schools of Choice.
Children turning five years old after September 1, 2018: Are not eligible for Schools of Choice.

12th grade:  no new SOC students will be accepted into 12th grade (current RPS students who have moved out of district may apply).

Valley View Elementary: must already be attending or have sibling currently attending.

North Rockford Middle: must already be attending or have sibling currently attending.