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Pittsgrove Township School District Choice Profile for 2022-23 School Year

Pittsgrove Township School District 
1076 Almond Road
Pittsgrove, NJ 08318 
Salem County

District grades: K-12
Approved choice grades: K-12
Total number of students enrolled in district: 1,835

Choice parent information center phone number: (856) 358-3094, ext. 4013
Name of program contact: Stefanie Fox-Manno, Chief Academic Officer 
Phone number & email of program contact: (856) 358-3094, ext. 4013
Website: www.pittsgrove.org/programs/school_choice

Choice Program

On July 19, 2017, the New Jersey Commissioner of Education took action to consolidate the Elmer Borough Board of Education with the Pittsgrove Township Board of Education, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:8-43, et seq. Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, both Pittsgrove Township and Elmer Borough are one unified school district—the Pittsgrove Township School District. Pittsgrove Township is a rural, agricultural community. It covers 45.42 square miles in Salem County and has a township population of approximately 9,400. Elmer Borough is a small town with over 1,350 residents and has a total area of just under one square mile. Together, Pittsgrove Township and Elmer Borough service over 1,800 students in grades Pre-K through 12.

The Pittsgrove Township School District is comprised of five schools: Norma Elementary School (Preschool Center), Elmer Elementary School (grades K-1), Olivet Elementary School (grades 2-4), the Pittsgrove Township Middle School (grades 5-8), and Arthur P. Schalick High School (grades 9- 12). Each of these five schools boasts their own unique strengths and attributes while sharing a common commitment to academic success and character education throughout the district. The District maintains a positive partnership with the parents/guardians and the community. We encourage our parents to visit the schools, communicate with our staff, review our curricula, and become personally involved in their child’s education. The District accepts School Choice students in grades K-12 (subject to available space). For the 2020-2021 school year, the Pittsgrove Township School District will offer a Tiered Lottery to assign seats to Choice students. Please note that siblings of current School Choice students are given priority to available seats.

Tiered Lottery: One or more grade levels are given priority in the lottery process. A separate lottery is held for each grade level that is designated a priority by the District. For example, all applicants for the same priority grade level are pooled together and names are randomly selected. Once available priority seats are filled and the waitlist is created, another lottery for the next priority grade level is held. Once all priority grade level lotteries have been held and waitlists are created, the remaining applications for the non-priority grade levels will be combined into a group lottery.

 

Choice Seats Availability

The purpose of the chart below is to inform parents of choice seat availability before the application deadline in early December. After the deadline, the information will be outdated.

The Department of Education limits the number of choice seats that each district can fill. The “maximum number of new choice students that can be enrolled” tells parents how many new choice students the district can enroll in the next school year. If more than the maximum number of applications is received, a lottery will be held and a waitlist will be developed. Waitlists will be developed for all approved choice grades even if no seats are currently available. NA indicates the district is not accepting choice applications for those grades.

Maximum Number of New Choice Students that can be Enrolled: 16
School Name: Name Elmer Elementary, Olivet Elementary, Pittsgrove Township Middle School, and Arthur P. Schalick 

Grade

Seat availability per grade

K  Available
1  Full
2  Full
3  Full
4  Full
5  Full
6  Full
7  Full
8  Full
9  Available
10  Full
11  Full
12  Full

 

 

District Choice Policies

Indicate Yes/No/NA 

The district accepts Tier 2 students (see definitions of Tier 1 and Tier 2 ).

 Yes

The district gives enrollment preference to choice applicants who have a sibling currently attending the choice district, provided there are choice seats available in the choice-approved grades/programs and the students meet any program-specific criteria.

 Yes

The district gives enrollment preference to choice applicants who have completed the terminal grade of the sending district (i.e., students who attend a choice district with grades that terminate before 12th grade and have a natural progression to this choice district), provided there are choice seats available in the choice-approved grades/programs and the students meet any program-specific criteria.

 N/A

The district gives enrollment preference to resident students who move before the application deadline. If resident students move and file choice applications for the following year prior to the deadline, the district will give them enrollment preference (i.e., accept them after the enrollment preference students described in b. and c. above, but ahead of other applicants), provided there are choice seats available in the choice-approved grades/programs and the students meet any program-specific criteria. If the district has already reached its approved choice enrollment maximum, this preference will not apply.

 Yes

The district gives special consideration to resident students who move after the application deadline. Students in this situation may apply as late applicants and be added to the front of the district’s waitlist, provided the students will enroll in a choice-approved grade/program and they meet any program-specific criteria. No additional choice seats above the maximum will be approved by the NJDOE to accommodate these students.

 Yes


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