Through the Columbus City Schools School Choice Office, parents and guardians can apply for the district schools they and their children choose to attend.
The Office site urges families to find out whatever they can before making decisions with their children. To choose they can go to any of the school fairs listed at the end of this article (http://bit.ly/gyag6L).
To find out how to apply to a school other than their current one, they can go to http://bit.ly/euzVLe, or call 365-5630. School Choice information may also be obtained from the FACTline at 221-3228 (221-FACT).”
At the above URL, a FAQ answers many questions families wanting to switch are likely to have, including when lotteries will take place.
And why switch? There are at least 3 reasons: one reason might be that a child is in a school listed as being “In School Improvement”, based on the percentage of students who pass state achievement tests; a second might be that a family decides its child needs a dynamic, magnet-school education; or third, they may want a school closer to home (http://bit.ly/gyag6L).
Scholars criticize flaws in the CCS school-matching process. They say students and their parents do not necessarily know if they are being matched with their “optimal” choices. For example, they mention the possibility of two applicants unknowingly selecting each other’s first-choice school as their own second, but more secure choice. This hitch results in filling lottery choices with imperfect selections (http://bit.ly/fxIS9H).
The point seems valid, but practically speaking, both students are probably happier with second choices, than with the schools they attended before they opted for the choices made possible here in the Columbus City Schools district.
The first step in…[choosing a] school is to gather as much information about available schools as possible. One way to… [find] an option is to attend school fairs. Here is a schedule for upcoming CCS fairs:
The district hosts information to showcase…the overall School Choice lottery process. Families can learn more about their neighborhood school at one of the upcoming fairs (Note: all Fairs are from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m):
• The High School Fair: Wed., Jan. 20 at Eastmoor Academy, 417 S. Weyant Ave.
• The Middle School Fair: Wed., Feb. 10 at Arts Impact MS, 680 Jack Gibbs Blvd.
• The Elementary School Fair: Tues., Feb. 9, also at the Arts Impact MS (http://bit.ly/gyag6L).