Tuesday, February 14, 2012

DPS Lottery Applications are Due Friday, February 17th

Durham Public Schools wraps up the application period for magnet and year-round schools this Friday, February 17th.  If you are planning to apply, your application must be submitted online or in-person to the Office of Student Assignment by 5pm.  You can submit BOTH a year-round and a magnet application.  Here are the applications and info online:

http://www.dpsnc.net/programs-services/choice-programs/choice-magnet-application-process-12-13

A few of my favorite tips for navigating the choice/lottery landscape:
  1. If you are satisfied with your existing school options, don't feel like like you have to apply because everyone else is.  Choice doesn't necessarily mean a school is better.
  2. Know the needs of your child and family.  A school may have a great reputation, but may not quite fit your child or family.  It may not be the best choice for you, even if it is for someone else.
  3. The DPS lottery looks at 1st choice selections first, so what you put first is most important.  For some schools, a second choice may not give you much chance, if any, of getting your selection.
If you are thinking about applying for a public charter school, their deadlines vary, so you need to check with the specific school you are considering as soon as possible.  I have noticed application deadlines ranging from various dates in February through April. 

If you are really struggling with these decisions or the process, please call us at 560-0538 for a parent coaching session and we can help you work through this process and your concerns.

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