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Interdistrict Public School Choice

Student Application Timeline for Parents for Enrollment in the 2017-18 School Year

Printable Timeline (PDF)


Document Name/Process From Received by Deadline
Student Application
(Request from Choice District)
Parent or Guardian Choice District 12/1/2016
Notice of Intent to Participate
(Required if registered in resident district public school or applicant is Tier 1)
Parent or Guardian Resident District
Lottery held (if applicable) Choice District n/a

thru 12/19/2016

Notice of Conditional Acceptance, Rejection, or Wait Listing Choice District Parent or Guardian 12/20/2016

Student's Notice of Intent to Enroll
in the Choice District
(Provided by the Choice district; Submit to only ONE choice district)

Parent or Guardian Choice District 1/6/2017

Registration with Resident District
(If not already registered or applicant is Tier 2)

Parent or Guardian Resident District 1/16/2017


Late applicationsSome districts may accept late applications after the December 1, 2016 deadline, however, late applicants will be considered for enrollment only after those who applied before the deadline.

If any accepted choice students decide to drop their acceptance before the start of the school year, the district may replace them with students on the waitlist, including students who applied after the December 1st deadline--provided late applicants are considered after those who applied before the deadline.

Parents must contact the choice district to inquire about whether it accepts late applications.

Exception to Late Application Policy:

When extenuating circumstances occur, the Commissioner may grant a waiver of the student application deadline, allowing a student to submit an application and be accepted to a choice program. Waivers will only be granted by a showing of "good cause" and when a student's educational conditions are such that an immediate transfer is needed. Waivers will not be granted for convenience reasons such as missing the application deadline. Typically, student enrollment must occur immediately upon approval of the waiver, however each waiver will be considered based on the specific circumstances of the student.  Parents can request a waiver form by emailing


Tier 1 students are students who are enrolled in a NJ public school in their resident school district during the time of application and for the entire year (2016-17) immediately preceding enrollment in a choice district. If a student moved during the school year and attended the resident public school of his/her old district of residence, he/she is also considered Tier 1.  Choice districts must first fill their available seats with Tier 1 students. If the number of Tier 1 applications exceeds the number of choice seats available, the choice district must hold a lottery to randomly select students. Charter school students are considered to be Tier 1. To qualify as Tier 1 for kindergarten, a student must be attending a state-funded preschool in his or her resident district or a student resides in a district that does not offer a state-funded preschool program or a student has a sibling currently attending the choice district.  Most students applying for kindergarten are in Tier 1.

Tier 2 students include NJ residents who have not attended their resident public school for the entire year immediately prior to enrollment in the desired choice district and do not otherwise meet the requirements for Tier 1. This would include students who have been attending public school outside their districts of residence or private school.
Choice districts are not obligated to accept Tier 2 students. If a choice district accepts Tier 2 applicants, they may do so only after all of the qualified Tier 1 applicants have been accepted. If the number of Tier 2 applications exceeds the number of choice seats available, the choice district must hold a Tier 2 lottery to select students.