NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND: School Choice
What is Public School Choice and who is “eligible”?
If a Title I school is identified as being in School Improvement I, School Improvement II, Corrective Action I or Corrective Action II, the district is required to offer parents the option of sending their child to another public school within the school district that is NOT identified for school improvement or corrective action.
Public School Choice applies only to public schools. School districts cannot offer nonpublic schools as a choice.
If a student transfers to another public school building within the district, will he/she be eligible to receive the same services in the new building?
Some supplementary services may not be provided in all buildings within the school district for various reasons. If your child is receiving supplementary services in his/her current building, investigate whether or not these same services are available in the other schools before requesting a transfer.
If a student takes advantage of the Public School Choice option, who is responsible for the transportation?
If a student’s residence is not within the walking distance guidelines outlined below, a school that is required to offer Public School Choice must provide and pay for the transportation costs associated with the transfer. The school district will remain responsible for transportation until the school has made AYP for two consecutive years.
Guidelines for transporting students are:
All students walk to school unless…
o Kdg. through 8th grade – over 1 ½ miles
o 9th through 12th grade – over 2 miles
o Some handicapped students are provided special transportation. Contact the District’s Medical Department if you have children in need of this service (703-4562).
A child who transfers under the Public School Choice option may attend the new school until he completes the final grade offered by the building. However, if the school of origin exits school improvement (after making AYP for 2 consecutive years), the school district is no longer required to pay transportation costs associated with the transfer.
How does a parent apply for a School Choice transfer?
Application form… Harrisburg SD School Choice Registration Form 2010-2011
Return the application to… Harrisburg School District, Office of the Superintendent, 2101 North Front Street, Building 2, Harrisburg, PA 17033, or fax to (717) 703-4115.
What schools are identified as Schools OF Choice for the 2010-2011 school year?
Kindergarten to 8th Grade
* Downey School (grades K to 8) is in Warning Status.
* Math Science Academy (grades 5 to 8) made AYP four years in a row and is a
school with application and entrance requirements.
9th to 12th Grade
* Harrisburg University of Science and Technology High School (SciTech High)
made AYP three years in a row and is a school with application and entrance
What schools are identified to offer School Choice for the 2009-2010 school year?
Kindergarten to 8th Grade
The following schools are identified as being in School Improvement I, School Improvement II, Corrective Action I or Corrective Action II and offer the option of a transfer to Downey School (grades K to 8). If you wish to apply to a school with special admittance criteria, please contact the Math Science Academy (grades 5 to 8) for an application and the entrance requirements.
· Benjamin Franklin School
· Camp Curtin School
· Foose School
· Hamilton School
· Lincoln School
· Marshall School
· Melrose School
· Rowland School
· Scott School
9th to 12th Grade
The following schools are identified as being in School Improvement II or Corrective Action II. Unfortunately, this year there are no high schools without special admittance criteria available for school choice transfers. If you wish to apply to a school with special admittance criteria, please contact Harrisburg University of Science and Technology High School (SciTech High) for an application and the entrance requirements.
· Harrisburg High School (John Harris Campus, includes Vo-tech students)
Students who choose to remain in their home school may be eligible for free tutoring. For more information about tutoring, please visit the Supplemental Educational Services (SES) section of this website, or you may contact Dr. Debra Ferguson, Federal Programs Director at 717-703-4167 or the Office of the Superintendent at 717-703-4022.
Harrisburg School District Student Eligibility and Participation in Public School Choice…
Number of Eligible Students
Number of Students Who Participated
Comparison of Your Child’s School to Others in the District…
Making Progress in Corrective Action II 6
HARRISBURG UNIVERSITY SCI & TECH HS
MATH SCIENCE ACADEMY @ BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SCHOOL
*This school does not require an application and does not have entrance requirements. It is a School OF Choice (2nd year of AYP or in Warning).
** This school is technically a School of Choice, but because it has application / entrance requirements, and although it is open for all students to apply, students cannot automatically attend this school.
***This school must make AYP a second time to become a School of Choice. Students may still request a move to a qualifying school of choice.
**** Schools in Improvement I status do not have automatic SES obligations.
A superscript number next to Corrective Action II indicates the number of years in Corrective Action.