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School Choice

The Walpole Public Schools is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 School Year for School Choice.  Walpole Public Schools has determined that a limited number of seats are available at the Boyden Elementary School in Grades 2, 3 and 4 only.

  • The Massachusetts school choice law (General Laws Chapter 76, Section 12B) was enacted in 1991 to allow parents to send their children to public schools in communities other than that in which they reside.
  • School Committees choose whether or not to become school choice receiving districts, and they may designate a maximum number of available school choice seats for an upcoming year.
  • 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.
  • 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. Prior to acceptance through the School Choice program, student records, including a student's discipline record, may be reviewed.
  • The state recognizes the difficulty parents have if siblings are separated in different school districts. Thus, in 1994 an amendment to the School Choice law was enacted, “Any sibling of a student already enrolled in the receiving district shall receive priority for admission to said district.”
  • Once those preferences are honored, the remaining openings must be filled by lottery.
  • If the number of siblings applying for a certain grade level exceeds the number of slots available, then a sibling lottery will take place and no other applicants will be considered.
  • Once a non-resident student has been admitted under the School Choice program, the student has the right to remain in that district until graduation from high school unless there is a lack of funding of the program. This right exists even if the school district decides that it will no longer participate in the School Choice program.
  • Transportation for School Choice students is to be provided by their parents/guardians.
  • Please Note:  Intra-district placement is not an option for Walpole residents.

Email mmortali@walpole.k12.ma.us for a 2017-2018 School Choice Application.