Student Application Timeline for the 2015-2016 School Year

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Document Name/Process From Received by Deadline
Student Application
(get from Choice District)
Parent or Guardian Choice District 12/1/2014
Notice of Intent to Participate
(If registered in resident district's public school or applicant is Tier 1)
Parent or Guardian Resident District
Lottery held (if applicable) Choice District n/a 12/12/2014
Notice of Conditional Acceptance, Rejection, or Wait Listing Choice District Parent or Guardian 12/19/2014

Student's Notice of Intent to Enroll
in the Choice District
(Submit to only ONE choice district)

Parent or Guardian Choice District 1/6/2015
Registration with Resident District (if not already registered and applicant is Tier 2) Parent or Guardian Resident District 1/16/2015

Late applicationsSome districts may accept late applications after the December 1, 2014 deadline. However, late applicants can be considered for enrollment only after those who applied before the deadline and in the order in which they were received.

If any accepted choice students decide to drop their acceptance, the district may replace their seats with students on the waitlist, including students who applied after the December 1st deadline provided they are considered in the order of received applications.

Parents must contact the choice district to inquire about whether it accepts late applications.
Exception to Late Application Policy: 

Districts that accept students who receive a waiver of the application deadline may enroll them at any time and may exceed the district's approved enrollment maximum. A student who is granted a waiver will be given priority through the waiver process over any existing waitlisted students.  Parents can request a waiver form by emailing

A Tier 1 student must be enrolled in a NJ public school in his or her resident school district at the time of application and for the entire year (2014-15) immediately preceding enrollment in a choice district. If applying for kindergarten, the student must be attending his or her public/free resident district's preschool; or if no public/free district preschool exists, he/she must have a sibling currently attending the choice district to be considered Tier 1.

Tier 2 students include NJ residents who have not attended their resident school for the entire year immediately prior to enrollment in the choice district and do not otherwise meet the requirements for Tier 1. This includes students who have been attending public school outside their districts of residence or private school. NOTE: Not all choice districts accept applications from Tier 2 students. Contact the desired choice districts to find out if they will accept applications from Tier 2 students.

Interdistrict Public School Choice Program
New Jersey State Department of Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0500