Schools Of Choice
School of Choice is decided on a yearly basis by the board of education. Schools and grade levels open to the school of choice program change from year to year and are determined by space availability.
School of Choice information is usually made available via this website in the late February to early April time frame.
We know that you are anxiously waiting to hear about your school of choice placement for 2019-2020. Unfortunately, at this time the decision must be delayed.
We are closely monitoring projected enrollment with staffing expenditures, staff to student ratios and actual number of classrooms available.
As stated in the parent letter available during the application period, the granting of choice must be balanced with the need to provide an equitable and appropriate enrollment in all of our schools.
We will notify families via email regarding the status of your application and lottery placement.
If you have any questions regarding Schools of Choice, please contact the office of K-12 Instruction at 248-426-4692.
Secondary and Elementary Intra-District (Farmington Public Schools' Residents)
- February 1, 2019 Application and Guidelines available
- February 28, 2019 Applications due to Central Office
- March 6, 2019 Lottery, if necessary
- March 29, 2019 Placements announced to families
Section 105 (Oakland County Residents)
- March 1, 2019 Application and Guidelines available
- March 22, 2019 Applications due to Central Office
- April 10, 2019 Lottery, if necessary
- April 24, 2019 Placements announced to families
Please Note: The Farmington STEAM Academy holds a separate lottery. Students must live within the Farmington Public School boundaries, in order to apply. The application period and lottery generally occur in January of each year. To be apprised of this process, please subscribe to the Farmington Public Schools district listserv and/or check the Farmington STEAM Academy website.
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 School 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 School of Choice is for residents of the Farmington Public School District only. Proof of residency is required.
b) Section 105 is a School 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 School of Choice and Section 105 School 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 February for updated information and deadlines.
- How do I apply?
Applications are available at the Lewis Schulman Administrative Center, 32500 Shiawassee, and on the website www.farmington.k12.mi.us. They can be completed online, hand delivered or mailed.They must be submitted to the office of Instructional Services by the deadline noted on the application.
- 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 School 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 School 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 School of Choice option. If there are more sibling requests than space permits, a lottery will be held.
- What is the order of placement?
Intra-District School 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 School 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 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 School 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 School of Choice program remain at the selected school for that educational level (i.e., elementary, middle, or high). However, upon request, a School 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 School 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 School 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.
- Is the Farmington Public School District an open enrollment district?