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School of the Arts
Grades 7-12 Deadline: December 16, 2016
Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School
Grades 9-12 Deadline: January 20, 2017
The School Selection Process At A Glance
Step 1: Learn about your school options
2017-18 School Selection Booklets are now available online and were mailed home to families in November/December 2016. Elementary and Secondary booklets offer an overview of all school choice options for next September.
View 2017-18 booklets and applications for
Families of a child entering Kindergarten are encouraged to explore school options for their child at the RCSD School Expo and can receive registration assistance at the Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration Fair this winter/spring.
In addition to the RCSD School Expo, families with a child entering 7th and 9th grade are invited to Secondary Recruitment events scheduled at each high school. These events provide an opportunity to take a tour and find out more about each school's unique offerings.
Families may also contact the Office of Student Placement & Equity to speak to a School Selection Specialist at any time.
Step 2: Rank your school selections
Talk with your child and rank each school offering based on their interests and each school's unique features. Visiting a school during the School Expo or arranging an in-school visit could help you make the most informed choice.
Step 3: Gather the documents you need / Complete the compact and interview expectations
Kindergarten: Before applying, please be sure you have the proper documents needed for registration before visiting the Student Placement Office to register.
7th and 9th grade: A School Compact is a one- or two-page form that outlines each high school’s expectations and requirements. Typical points addressed in compacts include adherence to the District’s Code of Conduct; academic expectations; special orientation or learning time requirement; and school policies, such as cell phone rules or dress code. While compacts are not legal requirements, students and parents are expected to understand and agree to the school’s expectations. The compact process encourages families to visit schools and meet with administrators before making their top choices. Families who have signed a school’s compact will get preferential placement in the lottery.
All high school compacts are available at the Student Placement Office, 131 West Broad Street, (585) 262-8241.
Return completed applications to the Office of Student Placement & Equity before the deadline:
Secondary School Choice Application deadline: February 3, 2017
Elementary School Choice Application deadline: March 3, 2017
When applying for Kindergarten, please be sure you have the proper documents needed for registration (see step 3) and visit Student Placement to complete your enrollment prior to the deadline.
Common Questions about the Process
When will I be notified? You will be notified of your Kindergarten, 7th, or 9th-grade placement in May. High school students accepted by application schools can choose admission to that school or enroll in their lottery placement school.
Does my child qualify for immediate placement for Kindergarten? There are two ways your child can qualify for immediate placement in a school you want for Kindergarten.
Even if your child qualifies for immediate Kindergarten placement, you must apply by March 3, 2017, to be assured an immediate placement seat. If your child regularly attends a District Pre-K program, the lottery is designed to give you preference at that school. The school must be in your zone and selected as your first choice.
What happens if I don't participate in the school choice lottery or miss the deadline? Students who do not participate in the School Choice Lottery by the deadline will be placed in a school where space is available after the selection process is complete.
Speak to a School
Student Placement & Equity
131 W. Broad Street
Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday, January 7, 2017
228 E. Main Street,
1st and 2nd floors
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Pre-K & Kindergarten
Saturday, February 4, 2017
131 West Broad Street,
Room 3A/B 3rd Floor
10:00 am to 2:00 pm