There are currently no openings for the 2014-15 school year for new School Choice students. A lottery was held in April, 2014 to fill the four full-day kindergarten seats the School Committee voted to accept. Those four seats are now taken.
The Longmeadow School Committee, at its meeting on March 10, 2014, voted to accept School Choice applications from students residing in the state of MA and interested in attending the Longmeadow Public Schools. The School Committee opened 4 seats in the full-day kindergarten (fee-based) program. The full-day kindergarten program in Longmeadow has a $3,000 fee associated with the program. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are responsible for payment of that fee. Children who are entering kindergarten must be five years old by August 31, 2014.
School Choice Process:
The Longmeadow Public Schools participates in the School Choice program. The school choice program allows parents to send their children to schools in communities other than the city or town in which they reside. Tuition is paid by the sending district to the receiving district. Districts may elect not to enroll school choice students if no space is available.
Each year, the School Committee studies the anticipated enrollment for the coming school year and decides if they will accept new School Choice students. If the School Committee decides to accept new School Choice students for the upcoming school year, they also decide how many new students and what grade level(s). Applications will only be accepted for students entering the grades where openings are available. The School Committee conducts a lottery with all valid applications received by the application deadline. Applications that are received in a number in excess of the available openings will be placed on a waiting list. Applicants that are placed on a waitlist must reapply in subsequent years; waitlists do not carry forward from one year to the next. Students that are accepted to attend the Longmeadow Public Schools, may continue their educational career until they graduate or voluntarily decide to withdraw.
Prior to acceptance to the Longmeadow Public Schools through the School Choice program, student records, including a student's discipline record, may be reviewed.