Six of our schools are in the process of transitioning to new Innovative Choice school models. Campus administrators, district leaders and the school communities collaborated in developing themes for the new schools that would be attractive to neighborhood students. Visit the school websites to learn more about the specific opportunities at these Innovative Schools of Choice.

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    Transition process

    During the transition, the existing school building will house both schools in a phased-in process that incorporates a new grade level each year.  

    • For elementary schools, the process will start with Pre-K (if applicable), kindergarten, and first grade during the 2022-2023 school year.  An additional grade will be added per year thereafter.  For example, during the 2023-2024 school year, second grade will be added. 
    • For middle schools, the process will start with the sixth grade during the 2022-2023 school year, with an additional grade added per year thereafter.  For example, during the 2023-2024 school year, seventh grade will be added. 

    Qualifications

    For the 2022-23 school year, all incoming students for the participating grade level at these schools will automatically be part of the new school model. For this year, students are not required to apply or meet specific criteria or test score requirements. 

    For 2023-24, there is the possibility that some of the schools may change from Innovative Schools of Choice to magnet programs. In that case, students interested in the magnet program would need to apply, meet criteria and be selected for the magnet school. Details about any school changes will be made available prior to the choice of school process for 2023-24.

    Transfer requests

    For the 2022-23 school year, students not currently enrolled in one of the Innovative Schools of Choice may request a transfer to one of these schools through the normal transfer request process.

    Student transfers and placement will be based on the availability of seats and demand for the program.  Students who are not offered a seat will be placed on a waiting list for placement.

    For 2023-24 and beyond, students can select one of the schools during the annual Choice of School process. Note: A magnet application may also be required at that time.

    Transportation

    Students who are enrolled in an Innovative School of Choice but live outside of the school’s designated transportation zone are not eligible for district transportation services.

    Comparing Innovative Schools of Choice to Magnet Programs

     

    Innovative School of Choice

    Magnet Program

    Application required

    Not for 2022-23; may be a possibility in future

    Yes

    Transportation provided

    Only for students enrolled in the campus who also live in the school’s designated transportation zone

    Yes, for students accepted into a magnet program

    School Action Fund Grant

    These school changes are made possible through the School Action Fund (SAF) Grant. The purpose of the SAF grant is to support districts in the planning of school actions to transform selected schools and expand access to world-class learning environments for students. 

    This grant funding may be used to plan and support the new design efforts, provide staff training and purchase additional materials and programs.

    Contact us

    For questions about the Innovative Schools of Choice or the School Action Fund grant, contact the
    For questions about magnet programs, contact
    For questions about bus transportation, contact