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SCS nears open of 2014-15 General Choice Transfer process

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The 2014-15 General Choice Transfer process for all students in Shelby County will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 18th and run through Friday, March 7th. The General Choice Transfer process allows parents to choose a school in the district with available space that best fits their child's educational needs.

The General Choice Transfer process is NOT the same as the Optional Schools application process. Optional Schools have specific academic criteria for admissions and a separate application period.

Online Application Process: The General Choice Transfer process will be completely online to afford the most opportunities for students and families in Shelby County. No paper applications will be printed or accepted. Rather than lining up at the Board of Education, parents can complete and submit an application from any personal computer with Internet access or smartphone that supports online forms.

General Choice Transfer requests are considered based on the order that they are received. Applications will be electronically stamped with a date and time as they are submitted online.

The online application portal will be accessible from the Shelby County Schools website, www.scsk12.org, beginning at 10 a.m. on Feb. 18. Parents can log in with their child's name, birth date, current grade and school and either a Social Security number or district PIN. Parents of current SCS students will be able to test their login access prior to Feb. 18.

For parents without personal Internet access, computers will be available at the district sites below throughout the application period. SCS staff will be available at the first two district sites on the first day of the application period for parents who need hands-on assistance.

- SCS Technology Training Center (3772 Jackson Ave.; *Staff available to assist 2/18)

- SCS Gray's Creek Admin. Office (2800 Gray's Creek, Arlington; *Staff available to assist 2/18)

- SCS East Regional Office (2800 Gray's Creek, Arlington)

- SCS Northeast Regional Office (Treadwell CTC, 920 N. Highland St.)

- SCS Southeast Regional Office (Airways MS, 2601 Ketchum)

- SCS Northwest Regional Office (Vance MS, 673 Vance Ave.)

- SCS Southwest Regional Office (Walker ES, 322 King Rd.)

- Schools (Child's current or neighborhood public school; Not the requested transfer site)

*Parents may consider public libraries, community centers, churches, etc. with free public Internet access.

Transfer Priority & Enrollment Spaces: The district's School Admissions policy (#6002) outlines priority considerations for General Choice Transfer requests: http://www.scsk12.org/uf/policy/

A list of schools with available enrollment spaces will be posted online prior to the start of the application process.

Students on an existing General Choice Transfer at a school that will be part of SCS in 2014-15 are approved through the exit grade of the current school and do NOT have to re-apply.

For more information about the General Choice Transfer processes, visit www.scsk12.org.

NOTE: SCS is NOT able to renew General Choice Transfers for students who are attending a school that will be part of a municipal district in 2014-15 and do not live within the school's municipal boundaries. Decisions about student enrollment within the municipal school districts will be made by the superintendent and school board in each respective district.

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