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Student Application Timeline for Choice Districts

Enrollment in the 2021-22 School Year

Document Name/Process

From

Received by

Deadline

Student Application

Parent or Guardian

Choice District

12/3/2020

Notice of Intent to Participate
(If registered in resident district public school or applicant is Tier 1)

Parent or Guardian

Resident District

12/3/2020

District Data Entry To Calculate FY2022 Choice Enrollment Maximum
NJDOE data collection

Choice District

Department of
Education

12/4/2020 thru 12/10/2020

Confirmation of Enrollment
for verification as Tier 1

Choice District

Resident District

12/7/2020

Resident District Verified
Confirmation of Enrollment
for verification as Tier 1

Resident District

Choice District

12/11/2020

Lottery held
(if applicable; recommended dates)

Choice District

N/A

12/14/2020
thru
12/18/2020

Notice of Conditional Acceptance, Rejection, or Wait Listing

Choice District

Parent or Guardian

12/21/2020

Student's Notice of Intent to Enroll
in the Choice District

Parent or Guardian

Choice District

1/6/2021

Student's Notice of Intent to Enroll
in the Choice District
District note: send copy of each student's Intent form to his/her resident district

Choice District

Resident District

1/15/2021

FY2022 Choice Enrollment Data Submission
NJDOE data collection

Choice District

Department of
Education

1/22/2021

Transportation Requests

Choice District

Resident District

3/15/2021

Student Registration with Choice District

Parent or Guardian

Choice District

Determined by Choice District

 

Late applications:  Districts may accept late applications after the December 3, 2020, deadline until October 14 of the enrollment year, however, no new applicants can be enrolled above the district's approved maximum enrollment (with the exception of students who receive a commissioner approved waiver of the application deadline). Late applicants can be considered for enrollment only after those who applied before the deadline.

If, after the NJDOE data submission deadline of Jan. 22, 2021, any accepted choice students decide to drop their acceptance, the district may replace them with students on the waitlist, including students who applied after the December 3rd deadline -- provided late applicants are considered after those who applied before the deadline.

After the FY2022 NJDOE enrollment data collection on January 22, 2021, no additional choice seats can be added, with the following exception: Districts that accept a student with a NJDOE-approved waiver of the application deadline may enroll the student at any time and may exceed the district's approved enrollment maximum. A student who is granted a waiver will be given priority over any waitlisted students.  Parents can request a waiver form by emailing the Choice Program Office.


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