SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAM2017-2018 School YearThe Open Enrollment Period for the 2017-2018 school year, for students entering grades 1-12 is CLOSED.For incoming Kindergartners: The Open Enrollment Period will close on the first day of school in August, 2017. To apply for an incoming Kindergartner online go to www.SchoolChoiceDE.org or you may print a Choice Application here.
For students entering grades 1-12: Per Delaware State Law, any Choice application submitted after the second Wednesday in January (January 11, 2017) 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.”
Good Cause Choice Applications and supporting documentation may be sent to the Choice Office via ONE of 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 19809Good Cause Applicants who are not currently enrolled in the Brandywine School District, must provide the following documentation within 30 days of the submission of your application:1) Previous (2016-2017) School Year: FINAL Report Card2) Previous (2016-2017) School Year: FINAL Attendance Record¹3) Previous (2016-2017) School Year: FINAL Disciplinary Report²
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.*Students who are not currently registered in a public school in Delaware will be required to pre-register in their resident feeder school before submitting a School Choice Application.
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.
School Choice applications will be sorted in the following order:
· By a student’s first-Choice school
· By a student’s grade level (This step applies to grades K-8 only)
· By a student’s priority
Once applications have been sorted by the above criteria, students will then be selected via a lottery process within each grouping.
Parents are strongly encouraged to read the laws governing the School Choice Program: http://delcode.delaware.gov/title14/c004/index.shtmlSCHOOL 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 Kate Shinn at (302) 793-5067 or email@example.com.
SCHOOL CHOICE AND THE
GIFTED & IB PROGRAMS
If you are applying for the I.B. Programme you will NOT use the Choice applications listed on this website as the applications to apply for this program.
In the event that your student is accepted into the IB Programme, the IB Program Coordinator will send you a Program-Specific Choice application to complete and return with your acceptance of the IB Programme invitation.
If you are applying to the Gifted & Talented program you will NOT use the Choice applications listed on this website as the applications to apply for this program.
In the event that your student is accepted into the Gifted & Talented Program, the Gifted & Talented Program Coordinator will send you a Program-Specific Choice application to complete and return with your acceptance of the Gifted & Talented Program invitation.
PLEASE NOTE: Only students residing OUTSIDE of the Brandywine School District will be required to complete a Choice application for enrollment into the Gifted & Talented Program.
For questions regarding the Gifted & Talented Program please contact Ann Marie Fitzgerald at (302) 793-5056 or Ann.Fitzgerald@bsd.k12.de.us.
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.