School Choice FAQs

  • What is School Choice?

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    School choice refers to the educational alternatives available to parents who do not wish to send their children to the local district public schools to which they are assigned.

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  • Why would I opt for School Choice?

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    All children are different with different needs and different talents. School choice programs allow parents to seek out the best and most appropriate educational opportunities for their children without financial penalty.

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  • How do we apply to have Essex High School as our school?

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    Students interested in applying for School Choice to attend other area high schools beginning in the fall of the next school year, need to complete and submit an EHS School Choice form(opens in a new browser window) by March 1st.  Students in Essex Town, Essex Junction, and Westford are within the district and do not need to fill this out.

    Completed applications should be submitted to the registrar Hollee Kennison at the EHS Counseling office. (802) 857-7487.

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  • Are there limits on accepting out-of-district students to EHS? How do you choose?

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    Limited slots are available. We accept up to 20 students from other districts outside of Essex to attend. In return, 20 EWSD students may attend another school district. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than there are slots available. 

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  • How many Essex-Westford district students may attend another high school?

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    No more than a total of 20 Essex resident students will be allowed to attend other high schools under provisions of the school choice law.

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  • When and how will students be informed if they may attend?

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    Students will be informed by April 1 of school choice decisions. Students selected for school choice need to inform residence school, in writing, of their decision by April 15. Decisions will be communicated to receiving schools right away.

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  • How does a School Choice student get to school?

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    Transportation for school choice students is the responsibility of the students’ families.

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  • Are there any restrictions on the provision of School Choice?

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    Students must maintain certain behavioral guidelines to retain their School Choice slot.

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