Schools of Choice


The Board of Education approved the recommendations of the Schools of Choice Options committee at their March 4, 2014 board meeting. Therefore, Schools of Choice will be open as follows:

Information and Application Dates

Intra-District Schools of Choice (District Residents):

For the 2014-2015 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 2014-2015 school year, we will open 9th grade spaces at Farmington High School and North Farmington High School. NOTE: Harrison High School is closed to all Schools of Choice due to being at capacity and the expanding of the IB program through grade 11. Farmington Central High School has a separate application process.

  • March 5, 2014    Application and Guidelines available
  • March 26, 2014    Applications due
  • April 1, 2014    Lottery, if necessary
  • April 7, 2014    Placements announced to families

 

PA 227 Schools of Choice (District Employees):

For the 2014-2015 school year, we will open kindergarten through twelfth grade, with the exception of Highmeadow Common Campus and Harrison High School.

  • March 5, 2014    Application and Guidelines available
  • March 26, 2014    Applications due
  • April 4, 2014    Lottery, if necessary
  • April 7, 2014    Placements announced to families

 

Section 105 Schools of Choice (Residents of the Oakland ISD):

For the 2014-2015 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.

  • April 14, 2014    Application and Guidelines available
  • April 29, 2014    Applications due
  • May 13, 2014    Lottery, if necessary
  • May 16, 2014    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 2014-2015 staffing levels/ratios. Wait listed families will be contacted by the office of Instructional Services.

 

For any questions regarding Schools of Choice, please contact Kim Buckley at 248-426-4692 .

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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)
  2. 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 trimester 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.
  3. What are the Farmington Public School 's School of Choice options?
    Intra-District Schools of Choice is for residents of the Farmington Public School District only . Proof of residency is required.
    PA-227 is a Schools of Choice option for regular employees of Farmington Public Schools who are not residents of the District.
    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

  4. When is the application period?
    The application period for Intra-District Schools of Choice is normally in the spring of each school year for the following school year. Please check our website in March for updated information and deadlines.
  5. How do I apply?
    Applications are available at each school building, at Central Office, 32500 Shiawassee, and on the website www.farmington.k12.mi.us. They must be returned to Kim Buckley at Central Office by the deadline noted on the application. They can be hand delivered or mailed.
  6. What factors determine approval?
    Placement options 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Is there sibling preference?
    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.
  10. What is the order of placement for the three options?
    Intra-District Schools of Choice applicants are placed first, followed by PA-227 and then Section 105 when that particular choice option is opened by the Board.
  11. Will my child receive transportation?
    Transportation is not provided to Schools of Choice students.
  12. Will School of Choice guarantee my child's path through all subsequent levels?
    No. After completion of any given level (i.e., elementary or middle), a resident student will be returned to his/her home school attendance area for the next level. Incoming PA 227 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.
  13. 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, 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.
  14. 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?
    No. At the end of the current trimester, the student must register in his/her home district.
  15. If I am participating in the PA-227 School of Choice option, and I become unemployed, can my child continue to attend Farmington Public Schools?
    No. At the end of the current trimester, the student must register in his/her home district.
  16. If I was a resident of the Farmington Public School District but I move out of the District, can I still participate in School of Choice ?
    No. If you move out of the District during the school year, the student must leave at the end of the current trimester. If you move out of the District during the summer, the student must begin the following year at their new home district.