Schools of Choice
The Board of Education approved the recommendations of the Schools of Choice Options committee at their March 3, 2015 board meeting. Therefore, Schools of Choice will be open as follows:
Information and Application Dates
Intra-District Schools of Choice (District Residents):
For the 2015-2016 school year, we will open kindergarten through fourth grade at the lower elementary schools, with the exception of Highmeadow Common Campus (which has already held their lottery.)
For the 2015-2016 school year, we will open 9th grade spaces at Farmington High School, Harrison High School and North Farmington High School. NOTE: Farmington Central High School has a separate application process.
- March 9, 2015 Application/Guidelines available and posted on website
- March 27, 2015 Applications due
- April 1, 2015 Lottery, if necessary
- April 13, 2015 Placements announced to families
Section 105 Schools of Choice (Residents of the Oakland ISD):
For the 2015-2016 school year, we will open kindergarten and first grade at the lower elementary schools, with the exception of Highmeadow (which has already held their lottery). Specific schools will be defined per grade level, when the application is made available on April 13, 2015.
- April 13, 2015 Application/Guidelines available and posted on website
- April 27, 2015 Applications due
- May 12, 2015 Lottery, if necessary
- May 15, 2015 Placements announced to families
The Board of Education approved August placement of Schools of Choice applicants who are placed on the waiting list, if there are open seats remaining according to 2015-2016 staffing levels/ratios. Wait listed families will be contacted by the office of Instructional Services for placement.
For any questions regarding Schools of Choice, please contact Kim Buckley at 248-426-4692 .
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is the Farmington Public School District an open enrollment district?
No. The only exception would be those students participating in Section 105 Schools of Choice. (See below #3)
- Can a student pay tuition to attend Farmington Public Schools?
No. There are only two exceptions. One is for a student who is moving into the District within the semester of enrollment with a signed purchase agreement. The second applies to a student who has completed his or her junior year as a resident. The student may pay tuition to attend as a senior and graduate from the District. (See board procedure # 5118P)
- What are the Farmington Public School 's School of Choice options?
a) Intra-District Schools of Choice is for residents of the Farmington Public School District only. Proof of residency is required.
b) Section 105 is a Schools of Choice option for residents that fall under the auspices of the Oakland County ISD. Proof of residency is required.
All Schools of Choice options are determined by the Board of Education on an annual basis
- When is the application period?
The application period for Intra-District Schools of Choice and Section 105 Schools of Choice occurs in the spring of each school year for enrollment in the fall of the following school year. Please check our website in March for updated information and deadlines.
- How do I apply?
Applications are available at each school building, at the Lewis Schulman Administrative Center, 32500 Shiawassee, and on the website www.farmington.k12.mi.us. They must be returned to the office of Instructional Services by the deadline noted on the application. They can be hand delivered or mailed.
- What factors determine approval?
Placements are determined on an annual basis and based upon current building enrollment, projected enrollment, budget constraints, staffing allocations and number of requests. If requests exceed openings, a lottery will be held.
- Is placement on a first come, first serve basis?
No. All applications are accepted until the deadline and all have an equal chance of placement based on the above criteria. If the number of applications received exceeds the number of openings, a lottery will be held.
- Is School of Choice available at all levels?
Annually, the District assesses current and projected building enrollment along with budget constraints and staffing allocations to determine if a building or grade level will be open or closed to all incoming Schools of Choice students, including siblings of students already in attendance.
- Is there sibling preference?
For Intra-District Schools of Choice, sibling preference exists ONLY if two siblings would be in attendance at the same school at the same time and the building is open as an Intra-District Schools of Choice option. If there are more sibling requests than space permits, a lottery will be held. For Section 105 Schools of Choice, sibling preference exists if two siblings will be in attendance in the District at the same time and a building is open as a Section 105 Schools of Choice option. If there are more sibling requests than space permits, a lottery will be held.
- 10) What is the order of placement?
Intra-District Schools of Choice applicants are placed first, followed by enrollment of District employees’ children via PA 227. Section 105 Schools of Choice students are placed last, when that particular choice option is opened by the Board.
- Will my child receive transportation?
Transportation is not provided to Schools of Choice students.
- Will School of Choice guarantee my child's path through all subsequent levels?
No. After completion of any given level (i.e., elementary, upper elementary or middle), a resident student will be returned to his/her home school attendance area for the next level. Incoming PA 227 District Employees’ children and Section 105 Schools of Choice students will be assigned the school feeder path(s) per level of enrollment. Where more than one path exists, the administrative office responsible for PA 227 and Section 105 will determine the path based upon current building enrollment, projected enrollment, budget constraints, and staffing.
- What if my child wants to go back to his/her home school?
It is desirable that a student who transfers pursuant to the Schools of Choice program remain at the selected school for that educational level (i.e., elementary, upper elementary, middle, or high). However, upon request, a Schools of Choice student will be allowed to return to their home school (at the beginning of the next school year). Once returned to their home school, a student is ineligible to apply for Schools of Choice at that level again.
- If I am participating in the Section 105 School of Choice option, and I move out of Oakland County , can my child continue to attend Farmington Public Schools?
Yes. Your child may remain enrolled through graduation from high school.
- If I was a resident of the Farmington Public School District but I move out of the District, can I participate in Schools of Choice?
If the following criteria are met, you may participate in Section 105 Schools of Choice during the two week application period.
a) You have moved within the Oakland County ISD.
b) The District has opened Section 105 School of Choice at the building and/or grade level you require for the following year.