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M. Ann Levett, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Savannah-Chatham Co.
Public School System

208 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 395-5600


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Additional Information

This page includes information on a variety of topics:  the lottery, priority preferences, the after lottery process, transportation, PreK vs Kindergarten, multiple births, students with disabilities, accommodations for auditions, and more!

THE LOTTERY

Once the application window closes and the eligibility verification process is complete, an electronic random lottery will be conducted for all schools with the exception of Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts and Savannah Arts Academy.  Results from the lottery will be sent through email with instructions on the registration process and deadline.

·     In early March, the electronic lottery will be conducted.  Names will be selected electronically to fill seats at each school.  Electronic selection will be based on the First Choice, Second Choice, and Third Choice of schools identified in the Choice Program application. 

·     Once a seat is earned through the lottery, the student’s name will be removed from other school waitlists.  

·     The number of students accepted is based upon the number of seats available at each school. Additional names will be put on the waitlist. As seats become available at the school, they will be offered to the applicants in the order of placement on the waitlist. A student’s name is automatically removed from all waitlists once a seat is accepted, through registration.

·      If the number of applicants does not exceed the number of available seats, all eligible applicants will be seated.

 AFTER THE LOTTERY

·     An email will be sent to families following the lottery to serve as notification that a student is given a seat or placed on a waitlist.

·     Following the initial notification email, a second email will be sent containing a “snapcode” and a “link” to access the required online registration form.  Parents who do not have an email account listed will receive a letter mailed to the address provided in the application.

·     Parents who receive acceptance letters for their children must “register” the students by the registration deadline. Students who do not register by the established deadline will forfeit their Choice seat and the seat will be offered to the next child on the waitlist.

AFTER THE RANKING (for Savannah Arts & Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts, Grades 6-8)

·     An email will be sent to families serving as notification that a student is given a seat or placed on a waitlist.

·     Following the initial notification email, a second email will be sent containing a “snapcode” and a “link” to access the required online registration form.  Parents who do not have an email account listed will receive a letter mailed to the address provided in the application.

·     Parents who receive acceptance letters for their children must register the students by the registration deadline. Students who do not register by the established deadline will forfeit their Choice seat and the seat will be offered to the next child on the waitlist.

Priority Preferences

The lottery process is used to ensure that all families have a chance of being seated in a Choice Program.  The lottery process is automated and applications are submitted electronically.  The application period officially opens January 6, 2018.  The online application form and instructions will then be available on the district’s website at choice.sccpss.com.  Once the application is submitted, an appropriate priority category is applied to all students. Students applying to Choice Programs are eligible to receive Priority Preferences based on the following:

Priority 1 - SCCPSS Full-time Permanent Employee’s Child with Parent working at the Choice Program School.  As provided by Georgia law, O.C.G.A. 20-2-293, the children of full-time employees of the SCCPSS (who reside in the state of Georgia) shall be allowed to attend and to be enrolled in the school in which a parent or guardian is a full-time teacher, professional, or other employee.

Priority 2 - Chatham County Residents and SCCPSS Full-time Permanent Employee’s Child.  Children of full-time permanent SCCPSS employees, who live in Chatham County, and meet the enrollment criteria for their selected Choice program.

Priority 3 - Pre-K Child (Currently Enrolled at Selected Choice Program School) Child who is enrolled in Pre-K at the selected Choice Program School for the current school year.

Priority 4 - Siblings.  The applicant must have a sibling who lives in the same household who will be continuing in the selected Choice Program for the upcoming school year. Eligibility at this level will require the sibling to be actively enrolled in the program for the applied school year.  For example, if the Choice is an elementary school and the sibling was in 5th grade for the current school year, the applicant is NOT eligible for this priority. This priority will not apply to schools where admission is determined by ranking (Savannah Arts Academy and Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts, Grades 6-8).

Priority 5 - Chatham County Residents.  All students who live in Chatham County receive this priority level.  The majority of applicants receive this priority level.

Priority 6 - SCCPSS Employee’s Child (Non-Chatham County Residents) Children of full-time permanent SCCPSS employees, who do not live in Chatham County, but meet the enrollment criteria for the selected Choice Program.  These students will be wait-listed after all qualified resident students have been admitted.  (See Board Policy Regulation JBCBA-R at www.sccpss.com, Click Board Tab and seek Board Policy Manual)

Priority 7 - Out of County Residents.  If the student does not live in Chatham County, he/she will be coded with this priority.  The student will also be charged tuition. (See Board Policy: JBCBA and JBCBA-R. Review board policies at www.sccpss.com, Click Board Tab and seek Board Policy Manual)

APPEAL PROCESS
Parents who believe their child was not allowed an equitable opportunity to be selected for a Choice Program during the audition or eligibility process as a result of a technical problem or inequity may request an appeal by 5:00 p.m. on February 23, 2018.

 An application for an appeal of Choice Program eligibility must be submitted to the Office of College and Career Readiness, 402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408 or email amy.perry@sccpss.com or angie.lewis@sccpss.com, indicating the child’s program assignment, waitlist status, or program ineligibility. To download the SCCPSS Choice School Appeal Application, go to choice.sccpss.com.  Appeals are reviewed January 28 - February 23. 


APPLICANTS NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN SAVANNAH-CHATHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

All applicants who are not currently enrolled in a Savannah-Chatham County Public School should apply online and must submit required documentation to the SCCPSS Office of College and Career Readiness, 402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408.  ALL documentation should be received (through drop-off or US Mail) within five business days of online application completion.

 Required documentation includes: 

  • Printed Choice Program Application (online print out)
  • Transcript/Report Card (previous three full semesters, equivalent to a full year and a half)
  • Proof of Address (Utility Bill (electric, gas, water), Government Agency Mail, or Lease Agreement/Mortgage Statement)
  •  Required Test Scores (nationally normed standardized test results that measure mathematics and literacy)

 AFTER LOTTERY APPLICATION PROCESS

Families interested in a Choice Program that wish to apply after the lottery process is complete, can access an “After Lottery Application” online at choice.sccpss.com.  Late applications will place students on the schools’ waitlist in the order received upon eligibility criteria verification.  Out of County applicants and those students NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED (this includes out of county, home school, virtual school, and private school students) in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System must submit ALL required documents to the SCCPSS Office of College and Career Readiness, 402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408.  ALL documentation should be received (through drop-off or US Mail) within five business days of online application completion.  If space in the school or program becomes available, parents will receive notification.  Otherwise, the student is expected to enroll at their neighborhood school.  After Lottery Applications will be available beginning March 7, 2018.  The deadline for reviewing After Lottery Applications will be June 15, 2018.  At that time, only programs with available seats will review applications.

TRANSPORTATION

Choice school students may participate in the district’s Transportation program as approved by the Board of Education.  Parents should be aware of the adopted transportation plan for Choice students.  Please refer to the district website for additional information at www.sccpss.com or call the district’s Transportation Department at 912-395-5591. 

PRE-KINDERGARTEN VS. KINDERGARTEN

All families interested in Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K), must complete the Pre-K application process.  Information about the Pre-K application can be found at pk.sccpss.com.  The Pre-K program provides services to age eligible four year olds (MUST be 4 years old on or before September 1 of the school year) and reside in Chatham County.  Please understand that even though some of our Choice Program schools have Pre-K classes, applicants CAN NOT apply through the Choice Program process for PreK. 

Students applying for Kindergarten must be five years old, on or before September 1 of the school year in which they are applying.  All families interested in Choice Program Kindergarten, must apply at choice.sccpss.com.

MULTIPLE BIRTHS: Twins, Triplets, Etc.

Multiple births refer to children that were born at the same time, during the same gestation period, twins, triplets etc.  Families with twins, triplets, etc. have the option of applying multiple birth children on one application.  The use of the same application for multiple birth children will allow children to be treated identically when determining eligibility.  This means, if one child is not eligible, the other(s) will not be eligible. If all children are eligible they will be entered into the lottery together.

  • Parents should include all names online (and on the same paper application) only if they want all children to attend the same program AND only if they are certain that ALL children meet the entrance criteria. 
  • Multiple births that use the same application form will be treated identically when determining eligibility.
  • Multiple birth children who apply on the same application will be reviewed together and will be seated or waitlisted sequentially. However, in the case where parents select more than one Choice Program and the first student gets the final seat at a school, the second or third sibling could end up on multiple waitlists, or seated at a different school than the first sibling.
  • Twins, triplets, etc. can apply on separate applications, but there is no guarantee that all siblings will be placed in the same school or program. 
  • All multiple birth children applying for Grades 6-8 at Garrison School for the Arts and Savannah Arts Academy MUST apply on separate applications because auditions are required for all students and placement is based on ranking.

If you have twins, triplets, etc. and would like further clarification, please contact the Office of College and Career Readiness at 912-395-6765. 

STudents with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply for entrance into a Choice Program.  Applications will be reviewed in collaboration with personnel from the Department of Specialized Instruction to determine if the disability is impacting student’s ability to qualify for the lottery process. Every student with a disability who applies for a Choice program will be considered for entrance based on the educational impact of the disability. Consultation with the Executive Director for the Department of Specialized Instruction is required if a school/program is excluding a student with a disability. 

Accommodations for Auditions

A parent/guardian must notify the, SCCPSS Office of College and Career Readiness immediately following the submission of the application if the child has a special need that requires accommodations for his/her audition. Accommodations to the audition process are permissible for students with special needs documented in an active IEP or 504 Plan.   A copy of the child’s current IEP or 504 Plan (public school students) or medical evaluation (private school students) must be provided to the school immediately following submission of the application in order to ensure audition accommodations.  Students who have limited proficiency in the English language are encouraged to audition in their native language, if needed. Students identified as ELL can be provided language facilitators for their auditions. Please contact Amy Perry (amy.perry@sccpss.com) or Dr. Angie Lewis (angie.lewis@sccpss.com) at 912-395-6765 if audition accommodations are needed.

Current Home SCHOOL Education and/or Virtual School Students

Parents must submit transcripts/portfolio to determine eligibility.  Georgia’s Home Study law (GA Code Ann. 20-2-690-(c)(7), requires that all home schooled children take a national standardized achievement test every three years, beginning at the end of the third grade. The home schooling parent may use any nationally normed standardized test. The testing companies set the rules as to the qualifications of the person administering the test and under what circumstances the test should be given. The home schooling parent is responsible for the cost of the test and having their children tested. The state does not provide this service.  The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will allow parents to use the latest available test scores as a part of the application criteria for a Choice Program. Parents who are unable to provide required test scores should contact Amy Perry (amy.perry@sccpss.com) or Dr. Angie Lewis (angie.lewis@sccpss.com) at (912) 395-6765 for further assistance. 

Reciprocity

Students who move into the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System after the initial lottery may be considered for assignment to a program for the following school year if they are eligible, have evidence of transferring from a like-themed program (i.e. IB, Arts, STEM, etc.) that they have attended at least one full year, and there are available seats in the requested program/school for the student. If the student is requesting a Performing Arts program at one of the two schools with auditions required for eligibility, placement will only be considered if seats are available in the requested program of study, an audition is completed, and a passing audition score is attained. However, there is no guarantee of time, place, or availability of auditions.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO OFFICE OF COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS

The Office of College & Career Readiness is located at the Woodville Tompkins Lower Campus, 402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408.  Directions coming from downtown area:  West Bay Street will turn into US Highway 80 W, continue past Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant, at the next red light, turn left on Alfred Street then turn left on Market Street.  Our street is across from Roger Woods Foods, Inc.  If you get to Chatham Parkway from Highway 80, you have gone too far.