School Choice 2021-2022 School Year

    1. By April 1st of each year, all principals in Amesbury will review their enrollment projections for the upcoming school year and will identify any grade-levels which might be able to accommodate additional students from outside the district without placing an undue burden on the teacher, grade-level or school.

    2. Principals will review their proposed list of grade-level enrollments and the number of spaces available per grade-level with the Superintendent.

    3. By May 1st of each year, the Superintendent will make school choice recommendations to the school committee and the school committee will vote for the upcoming school year.

    4. If space is allotted through the school choice program, the school administration will publicize the openings through a variety of media, including but not limited to: website, social media, and newspaper.

    5. Interested parties will be required to complete an application process (see attachment below) and return the application to the central office no later than June 1st.

    6. After establishing the number of places available for out of town students at each grade level, enrollment of choice students will occur in the following order:

      1. Siblings of children already attending Amesbury Public Schools (in accordance with the 1994 amendment to the School Choice Law)
      2. Other applicants

    7. Where the number of applications is greater than the number of places available, the available places will be filled by a lottery conducted by the school district. The lottery drawing shall be conducted in public, with at least three days’ notice, and be drawn by a person without an interest in the outcome.

    Once admitted to a school under the School Choice statute (MGL Ch76, S 12B) a child shall be entitled to remain enrolled at a school within the school system until his/her high school graduation with the following exceptions: there is a lack of funding for the program as a result of state action to discontinue the program; the student is removed for misconduct after due process under relevant laws and regulations; or the School Committee redistricts students.

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