2013-2014 Schools of Choice
Forest Hills Public Schools is participating in the Kent County Collaborative School of Choice and the State 105c Programs for the 2013-2014 school year.
Forest Hills Public Schools is ONLY accepting new School of Choice students in Grades K-11.
Kent County School of Choice (SOC) Program – 135 openings in Grades K-11
135 students entering kindergarten through 11th grade will be accepted for buildings and grades where space is available. The application period is April 8 through May 31, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. Applications are available online or at our Administration Building, 6590 Cascade Road SE (corner of Burton and Cascade Roads). We will notify parents on June 14, 2013, if their child was accepted through the lottery. Only one application may be submitted, and families who submit more than one may be disqualified from the entire process. The Kent ISD School of Choice plan is a lottery-oriented system, not a first-come, first-served one.
State 105c Plan (these openings will be posted August 1-15, 2013)
In addition to the county plan, Forest Hills Public Schools will be accepting students under the State 105c program. This is for students who live outside Kent County. The application period for this program is August 1 – 15, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. 105c applications will be available at the Administration Building, 6590 Cascade Road SE (corner of Burton and Cascade Roads) beginning August 1. We have not yet determined the number of openings but will be posting this information prior to August 1, 2013.
- Students who have been suspended, expelled, or convicted of a felony may be excluded.
- Transportation is not provided.
The Michigan Athletic Association requires a student to wait one semester after enrolling in a new district (under Schools of Choice ) before participating in athletics.
Deadlines for the 2013-2014 Choice Plan
- Applications accepted April 8 – May 31, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
- Parents notified by June 14, 2013, if child(ren) accepted
- Parents confirm decision to attend by July 1, 2013
- Waiting list families notified about openings and confirm decision to attend July 2-8, 2013
Click here for more information regarding the Kent ISD 2013-2014 Collaborative School of Choice.
Ten Considerations When Choosing a School
1. Does the school and the community match your expectations? Are buildings presentable? Are teachers and students friendly?
2. What special services does the school offer? Does it offer the special needs or gifted and talented programming your child might require? Do the extracurricular and athletic offerings match your child’s interests?
3. Does the curriculum meet state and national standards? Does the curriculum help prepare children for the realities of the working world and the diverse people they will meet? Does the district offer special programming focused in areas of interest to your child?
4. How does the school integrate technology into the classroom? Is technology integrated into the curriculum? Does the school have a well-equipped media center?
5. How does the school communicate with families? Do the opportunities for parent involvement meet your needs and desires? Are parents involved in their children’s education?
6. What is the student-teacher ratio? Will your child get the attention he or she needs to succeed? Are students actively engaged in their education? Is there a sufficient mix of teaching and self-guided instruction to engage your child?
7. Will school or self-provided transportation meet your child’s needs? Will transportation capabilities allow your child to participate in the before- or after-school activities that meet his or her needs and interests?
8. Will there be consistency in the curriculum, the staff, and in your child’s friends from year to year?
9. How does the school handle disciplinary matters? What is the parent’s involvement in disciplinary matters?
10. What is the school doing to meet demands for improved student achievement? Are parents, teachers, and administrators actively involved in efforts to ensure curriculum and technology are current and appropriate for student needs?