Open enrollment draws nearly 2,000 applications

Published: Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 24, 2013 - 11:49 am

Parents hoping to choose which Sacramento City elementary school their children will attend in the fall submitted hundreds of applications in the closing days of the open enrollment period, the district reported Friday.

The district closed the enrollment period Wednesday, and the total volume of applications reached 1,802 – up 61 percent from the 1,122 applications filed two years ago.

The district's open enrollment system allows students to attend schools other than their assigned neighborhood campus. The district expects to inform families of their school assignments by mid-April, according to spokesman Gabe Ross.

The district last week extended this year's open enrollment deadline to accommodate nearly 2,300 students whose existing schools are closing due to enrollment declines.

Applications for students displaced by the closures – those entering grades 1 through 6 in the fall – are to receive priority in their choices. The district did not grant that priority status to families applying for kindergarten.

It is not yet clear how many of the open enrollment applications came from families whose neighborhood schools are scheduled to close. Where there are more applications than openings, the district uses a lottery.

Elementary campuses closing at the end of this school year are Washington, Maple, Collis P. Huntington, Fruit Ridge, Joseph Bonnheim, Mark Hopkins and Clayton B. Wire.

Call The Bee's Loretta Kalb, (916) 321-1073. Follow her on Twitter @LorettaSacBee. Read her Report Card blog at http://blogs.sacbee.com/report-card/.

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