Schools of Choice
Background and the Process
State law governs the Schools of Choice process. School districts have the option of participating in Schools of Choice on an annual basis. Districts may advertise available slots and accept applications only at specific times during the year. As required by law, if a district receives more applications than slots available at the application deadline, they must hold a lottery to fill the available slots. This must be a random draw process not a first come, first served process. Once a child is accepted through the Schools of Choice provisions, their acceptance is through graduation as long as their enrollment is continuous. Siblings of current Schools of Choice students are given preference to available advertised slots.
The 2015-16 School Year
The Schools of Choice application process for the 2015‐16 school year has ended. Applications may no longer be accepted. Those who applied during the application period will receive a letter the first week in July.
How to Apply
Applications will be available on our website (elps.us) only during the application period, or you may request an application to be mailed to you during the application period by calling 333-7425. A release of information form completed by all prior schools attended for the past five years must accompany completed applications. Completed forms must be received at our administrative offices at 509 Burcham Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823 by June 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in order to be considered. A release of information form completed by all prior schools attended for the past five years must accompany completed applications. For kindergarten applications, if the child is attending a preschools we would like to see the release of information form completed by the preschool.
For More Information
Please contact Gail Gillengerten at 333-7424 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How Do I Enroll My Child?
By law, school districts must hold a lottery if more applications are received than spaces available. Notification letters will be mailed to parents by the first week in July. If selected, parents will be asked to complete enrollment materials. Notification letters will contain building assignment and registration instructions.
Transportation to and from our district will be the responsibility of the parent. Children must arrive in time to begin instructional activities at the start of the school day and must be picked up or have arranged childcare once the school day has ended.
Before and After School Care Programs
Before and After School programs at the elementary level are operated by the East Lansing Recreation and Arts program. To obtain information about their program please call 319-6978 or visit their website at cityofeastlansing.com "parks, recreation and arts."
Why Schools of Choice?
East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) has been a Schools of Choice district since the Michigan legislature created the program in 1996. Why? Because we believe parents should have options for their children and we believe the Schools of Choice plan provides exciting options for families.
ELPS with its tradition of leadership and excellence provides the educational opportunities parents are seeking.
- students' needs and interests are core to all decisions and actions.
- we must inspire a passion for life long learning.
- high expectations in teaching and learning result in personal and academic excellence.
- diversity is affirmed by integrating the uniqueness of every child into our learning community.
- in providing equitable access to opportunities and resources for students.
- in engaging the entire community to create a trusting, safe, welcoming learning environment.
- in building world citizens.
We invite you to submit an application to East Lansing Public Schools for this limited enrollment opportunity.
We Want You To Be Involved!
If you select East Lansing Public Schools for your child, we want you to be an integral part of the educational process. It is important to us that both you and your child feel welcome and a part of our community.
We have an excellent volunteer program. Over 2,000 volunteers provide us over 20,000 hours of support annually. You will be contacted by your building's volunteer coordinator early in the year.
We also have regularly scheduled parent conferences. However, if you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to call your child's teacher, the school counselor or the principal. They will be happy to talk with you about your child. Your expression of concern is viewed as a positive involvement in your child's education.
Each school has a parent council which meets monthly. A schedule of meetings will be given to you by your principal. Newsletters go home from each building on a regular basis which will also provide parents with information about school activities and events (or visit our website at elps.us).
We welcome you as an active participant in our schools, in our community and in your child's education. Thank you for considering East Lansing Public Schools.
District staff will be happy to answer your questions. Please contact Gail Gillengerten - 333-7424. If our lines are busy, please leave your name and phone number. You may also reach us by email at email@example.com