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Student Application Timeline For Parents For Enrollment In The 2016-2017 School Year

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Document Name/Process From Received by Deadline
Student Application
(Request from Choice District)
Parent or Guardian Choice District 12/1/2015
Notice of Intent to Participate
(If registered in resident district public school or applicant is Tier 1)
Parent or Guardian Resident District
Lottery held (if applicable) Choice District n/a

thru 12/18/2015

Notice of Conditional Acceptance, Rejection, or Wait Listing Choice District Parent or Guardian 12/18/2015

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

Parent or Guardian Choice District 1/5/2016

Registration with Resident District
(If not already registered or applicant is Tier 2)

Parent or Guardian Resident District 1/15/2016


Late applicationsSome districts may accept late applications after the December 1, 2015 deadline, however, late applicants will be considered for enrollment only after those who applied before the deadline.

If any accepted choice students decide to drop their acceptance before the start of the school year, the district may replace them with students on the waitlist, including students who applied after the December 1st deadline--provided late applicants are considered after those who applied before the deadline.

Parents must contact the choice district to inquire about whether it accepts late applications.

Exception to Late Application Policy

When extenuating circumstances occur, the Commissioner may grant a waiver of the student application deadline, allowing a student to submit an application and be accepted to a choice program. Waivers will only be granted by a showing of "good cause" and when a student's educational conditions are such that an immediate transfer is needed. Waivers will not be granted for convenience reasons such as missing the application deadline. Typically, student enrollment must occur immediately upon approval of the waiver, however each waiver will be considered based on the specific circumstances of the student.  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 (2015-16) 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