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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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208 Bull Street
(Admin. Offices)

2 Laura Avenue
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THE LOTTERY PROCESS

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.

THE LOTTERY

·         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 ACCEPTED (through completing the registration process prior to the registration deadline), the student’s name will be removed from all other school selections

·         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.

·         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. Parents who do not have an email account listed will receive a letter mailed to the address provided in the application.

·         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 seats and the seats 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 seats and the seats will be offered to the next child on the waitlist.

 PRIORITY PREFERENCES

The lottery process is used to ensure that all families have an equal chance of being seated in a Choice Program.  The lottery process is automated and applications are submitted electronically.  The application period officially opens at the Annual Student Success Expo and STEM Festival held January 6 at the Savannah Mall.  Each year, this event “kicks-off” the Choice Program application period. 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. 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 the 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)

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)

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


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 the last business day in February.

 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 choice program request and reason for appeal. To download the SCCPSS Choice School Appeal Application, click Application for Appeal-COMING SOON. Appeals will be reviewed January 28 - February 23. 


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 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.   

 
APPLICANTS NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN SAVANNAH PUBLIC SCHOOLS

All applicants who are not currently enrolled in a Savannah-Chatham County Public School should apply online but must also 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 semesters), Proof of Address (Utility Bill (electric, gas, water), Government Agency Mail, or Lease Agreement/Mortgage Statement), Required Test Scores

 TRANSPORTATION

Choice school students may participate in the transportation plan 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, www.sccpss.com. 

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 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 Savannah-Chatham County School System, 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.