SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMThe Open Enrollment Period for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on Monday, November 5, 2018.School Choice Applications will only be accepted online at www.SchoolChoiceDE.org.No applications will be accepted prior to Monday, November 5, 2018.The Open Enrollment Period for the 2019-2020 school year is as follows:Students entering grades 1-12: November 5, 2018 - January 9, 2019Students entering Kindergarten: November 5, 2018 - First day of school in September, 2019School Choice Application Requirements:
- Students who are not currently enrolled in a Delaware Public School must pre-register at their feeder school before they will be considered for Choice. To look up your feeder school, click here.
For students entering grades 2-12 and who are not currently enrolled in a Brandywine School District school, the following documentation³ must be provided by Wednesday, January 23, 2019:
1) Previous School Year (2017-2018) FINAL: Report Card
2) Previous School Year (2017-2018) FINAL: Attendance Record¹
3) Previous School Year (2017-2018) FINAL: Discipline Record²
¹ If attendance is not listed on a report card, your student’s school may print out an attendance record from their school computer system (such as “eSchool”), or write a letter on school letterhead in regards to any absences and/or tardies.
² Your student’s school may either print a discipline report from their school computer system (such as “eSchool”), or write a letter on school letterhead in regards to any suspensions and/or detentions, or a lack thereof. This information should be attached to the online application.
³ All of the above required documentation can be uploaded onto your School Choice Application at www.SchoolChoiceDE.org, faxed to (302) 765-1995, or e-mailed to Stacy.Karpinski@bsd.k12.de.us.
In order for a student to qualify for acceptance into the School Choice Program in the Brandywine School District: Each student’s academics, attendance, and behavior must be in good standing.
Once the above criteria has been met, Choice acceptances are based upon building capacity.For questions please contact Stacy Karpinski at Stacy.Karpinski@bsd.k12.de.us or (302) 793-5067.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------2018-2019 School Year:The Open Enrollment Period for the 2018-2019 school year is now CLOSED.Per Delaware State Law, any Choice application submitted after the second Wednesday in January (January 10, 2018) will be accepted and considered if good cause exists for the failure to meet the deadline.
“Good Cause: shall mean a change in a child’s residence due to a change in family residence, a change in the state in which the family residence is located, a change in a child’s parent’s marital status, a change caused by a guardianship proceeding, placement of a child in foster care, adoption, participation by a child in a foreign exchange program, a reported and recorded instance of “bullying: against their child as defined in § 4112D of this title, or participation by a child in a substance abuse or mental health treatment program, or a set of circumstances consistent with this definition of “good cause.”
To Print a Good Cause Choice Application, click here.*Students who are not currently registered/enrolled in a public school in Delaware will be required to register in their resident feeder school before submitting a School Choice Application.Choice Applications and all supporting documentation can be sent to the Choice Office via the following methods:Faxed to:
Attn: Choice Office
Scanned and e-mailed to:
Hand delivered to the Choice Office:
Between the Office Hours of 8:00am – 4:00pm;
Monday – Friday
Attn: Choice Office
1311 Brandywine Blvd.
Wilmington, DE 19809
SCHOOL CHOICE TERMINATIONS
If you wish to terminate your current Choice status with your student’s Choice School, you will need to submit a Choice Termination Form.
Choice Termination Forms can be found HERE.
If you are applying to terminate your current Choice status, you will need to supply a Good Cause reason on the Choice Termination Form in order for your request to be considered.
For questions in regards to Choice Terminations and the acceptable Good Cause reasons to terminate a Choice status during the school year, please contact Stacy Karpinski at (302) 793-5067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the changes in Delaware State Law, ALL districts in the State of Delaware will be required to make School Choice selections using a LOTTERY PROCESS.
The Brandywine School District NO LONGER selects Choice students based upon a first-come, first-serve basis!
*This means that the DATE and TIME your Choice application is submitted will no longer have any bearing on whether or not your student is selected to participate in the School Choice Program.
Parents are strongly encouraged to read the laws governing the School Choice Program: http://delcode.delaware.gov/title14/c004/index.shtml
ABOUT SCHOOL CHOICE
The School Choice Program falls under Title 14 of Delaware State Law governing public education. The Delaware General Assembly established the program to “increase access to educational opportunity for all children throughout the State, regardless of where they may live,” and to “maximize parental choice in obtaining access to educational opportunities for their children.” A parents residing in Delaware may enroll his or her child in a public school in any school district in accordance with the law and if space is available.
Transportation to and from a Choice School is a parent/guardian’s responsibility. Bus transportation will only be provided from an existing Brandywine School District bus stop and is dependent upon bus seat capacity.
Parents/Guardians interested in the School Choice Program are strongly encouraged to read the Brandywine School District’s School Board of Education Policy on the School Choice Program and Delaware’s State Law governing the School Choice Program.