No Child Left Behind: Public School Choice
What is Public School Choice?
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 2 consecutive years.
Guidelines for transporting students are:
All students walk to school unless…
- Kdg. through 8th grade – over 1 ½ miles
- 9th through 12th grade – over 2 miles
- 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.
Chart: Harrisburg School District Student Eligibility and Participation in Public School Choice…
Number of Eligible Students
Number of Students Who Participated
List: Available transfer option(s) in 2009-2010…
* Downey School made AYP two years in a row and is a Kindergarten to 8th grade school.
List: School(s) identified as being in School Improvement I, School Improvement II,
Corrective Action I or Corrective Action II and offering the option of a transfer to Downey School in 2009-2010…
* Benjamin Franklin School, Camp Curtin School, Foose School, Hamilton School,
Lincoln School, Marshall School, Melrose School, Rowland School, and Steele School.
No Child Left Behind: Supplemental Education Services (SES)
What are Supplemental Education Services (SES)?
If a school or district is identified as being in School Improvement II, Corrective Action I or Corrective Action II, the school district is required to offer parents of eligible students the option of requesting supplemental education services, such as tutoring, after-school or summer school.
Who are “eligible” students?
Eligible students are those from low-income families who remain in schools that fail to meet state standards for at least three years. These students are given priority in school choice and supplemental education services.
List: School(s) identified as being in School Improvement II, Corrective Action I or
Corrective Action II and offering the option of supplemental education services in
* Benjamin Franklin School, Camp Curtin School, Career Technology Academy,
Foose School, Hamilton School, Harrisburg High School, Lincoln School, Marshall School, Melrose School, and Rowland School.