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School Choice Open Enrollment Period

The 2023-2024 school choice application period will open on November 7, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. and close on January 11, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. A separate application must be submitted for each child and he/she must be registered in his/her home school for consideration.

The Indian River School District will utilize the Data Service Center’s web-based Delaware Public and Charter School Choice Application. All IRSD school choice applications for 2023-2024 must be submitted online at schoolchoicede.org. By submitting online applications at schoolchoicede.org, parents experience a user-friendly interface which allows them to quickly submit applications to the schools of choice for their children. The online system offers both English and Spanish options for school choice applications. 

When visiting schoolchoicede.org, parents must create an account with a user name and password. It is recommended that the user name be an e-mail address. Once an account has been created, the parent can select up to three schools. However, three schools are not required for completion of an application. Simply select the school(s) of interest and enter the child’s information. Parents can also apply to the Spanish Immersion Program for Kindergarten. (Certain conditions apply for application of Spanish Immersion in subsequent grades).    

Schoolchoicede.org will also designate district schools that are anticipated to have openings for 2023-2024. Schools that are at capacity will be labeled as “At Capacity.” Parents will still be permitted to submit applications for “At Capacity” schools. However, these applications may be placed on a waitlist or denied due to capacity.

Parents will receive an e-mail confirmation once their school choice application has been submitted. They may review, edit or withdraw an application at any time prior to the January 11, 2023, deadline with the use of the established user name and password.

The Indian River School District Board of Education will take action no later than February 27, 2023, on all choice applications. Parents will have until March 17, 2023 to accept or decline a school’s invitation (made via email). Parents will also be notified of waitlisted and declined applications within these dates. Consideration for waitlisted applications will begin in July.

Please be advised that students currently choiced into a school who will move to the next building level (ex: 5th graders moving to middle school, 8th graders moving to high school) must submit another choice application to be considered by the next feeder school.

For more information about school choice or the online application system, please contact the IRSD district office at (302) 436-1000. 


IRSD will also consider "choice" applications outside of open enrollment if it is determined that "Good Cause" exists.

Good Cause Applications: 
As we know, life doesn't happen on a schedule. Sometimes changing family circumstances make "choicing" your child to a particular school a necessity. Here are reasons for applying outside of the open enrollment period: 

  • A change in the family residence within Delaware.
  • A family moves to Delaware from out of state
  • A change in the marital status of the parents
  • A change in guardianship
  • Placement in foster care or Adoption
  • Participation in a foreign exchange to Delaware
  • A child who is in a substance abuse or health treatment program
  • A reported, recorded and substantiated instance of "bullying" against their child as defined in §4112D of Title 14
  • Another reason that is consistent with the reasons above

Please be advised that not only would your request need to meet the definition of “Good Cause”, but:

  • Space must be available within the building, classroom.
  • Attendance and Discipline are deciding factors

GOOD CAUSE APPLICATION (2023-2024 link will open after expiration of open enrollment period on January 11, 2023.)


School Choice 2022-2023 Information

The school choice application period for 2022-2023 expired on January 12, 2022. You may still apply using the "Good Cause" application, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below. Students must meet the "Good Cause" criteria in order to be considered for school choice.

GOOD CAUSE APPLICATION 2022-2023


Contact:
 
Preston Lewis
Administrator of Student Services
(302) 436-1000