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School Choice FAQs

  • What is Inter-District School Choice?

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    In 2010, Governor Christie signed into law the Inter-District School Choice Program, which allows public schools to accept students from other towns. The Roxbury Township School District has been approved as a choice district and admits students from other towns on a space-available basis. 
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  • How do I apply for School Choice?

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    You must fill out an application (available on our website) by the indicated deadlines. You must also submit an Intent to Participate Form to your resident district by the deadline. Late applications will only be considered on a space available basis. All students must submit the application and a copy of the IEP or 504 Plan (if applicable) by the deadline. 
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  • I am in parochial or private school—can I still apply for School Choice?

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    In order to apply for School Choice, students must be enrolled in their local public school for the entire school year prior to the year in which they wish to attend the choice school (Tier 1 admission). Private, parochial, or homeschooled students may only be considered if there are seats available after all interested public school students have been admitted Tier 2 admission). 
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  • I am already in the Choice Program in another district. Am I considered a Tier 1 or a Tier 2 student

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    Students attending a public school outside of their resident district, including Choice programs, are considered Tier 2and will only be considered after all Tier 1 students have been admitted.
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  • How does the admissions process work for the Regular High School Program?

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    Students must submit all paperwork by the required deadlines in order to be considered. If we have more applicants than available seats, a lottery will be conducted to determine which students are selected. Students not selected will be placed on a numbered waiting list in case seats open up. Students may be denied admission if the district is unable to implement a student’s IEP or 504 Plan due to lack of program availability or if the implementation of the IEP/504 Plan would cause an undue financial burden on the district. Students with disabilities whose IEP or 504 Plan can be implemented by the district without undue financial burden are eligible for admission for any of the three available programs. Academic achievement and test scores do not factor into admission for the Regular High School program. Students who currently have siblings attending Roxbury High School OR students who currently attend Roxbury  High School but are moving and wish to remain through Choice will have preference over all other applicants.
     
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  • How does transportation work?

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    If you live within 20 miles of the choice high school, your sending district is obligated to provide either transportation or payment in lieu of transportation. There is no guarantee that you will receive any kind of transportation from your resident district. The Roxbury Township School District will contact the sending districts of all accepted choice students to help facilitate the setup of transportation or aid-in-lieu. 

    If you live further than 20 miles away from the choice high school, transportation is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian, and you will receive no aid-in-lieu. 

    If your district does not offer transportation, all choice students, pending space availability, can apply to ride a Roxbury High School bus along an existing route. Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up from the bus stop. The cost is one half the aid-in-lieu payment.
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  • If I am accepted and decide to drop out, do I have to return to my sending district?

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    No, you may remain in the Regular HS Program at Roxbury High School.
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  • What if my family moves?

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    If your family moves, please notify the Guidance Office at your choice school as well as the Assistant Superintendent’s Office. We will then contact your new sending district to arrange for transportation. You will remain a choice student in our district.
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  • Do I have to pay tuition to participate in school choice?

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    No, there is no tuition for parents and students.
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  • Where will I participate in clubs, activities, or athletics?

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    You will participate in clubs, activities, and athletics at your choice school. If you are accepted as a choice student and already play high school sports, there may be some playing restrictions based on NJSIAA rules—please contact the Athletic Office for details. If you are accepted as an incoming freshman, there are no restrictions in playing sports.
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  • What if I want to return to my home district?

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    You are obligated to attend the choice district for one full academic year. After that full year, you may withdraw and return to your home district.
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  • What if my home district tells me that they are not allowing students to apply?

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    Resident districts cannot prevent public school students from applying for School Choice. At most, they can limit the number of students who apply for School Choice to 10% of the student population by grade level or 15% of the total school population.
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