Student Application Timeline for the 2013-2014 School Year

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For the2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR

Document Name/Process From Received by Deadline
Student Application Parent or Guardian Choice District 12/2/2013
Notice of Intent to Participate
(If registered in resident district's public school or applicant is Tier 1)
Parent or Guardian Resident District
Lottery held (if applicable) Choice District n/a 12/13/2013
Notice of Conditional Acceptance, Rejection, or Wait Listing Choice District Parent or Guardian 12/20/2013
Student's Notice of Intent to Enroll
in the Choice District
(Submit to only ONE choice district)
Parent or Guardian Choice District 1/6/2014
Registration with Resident District (if not already registered and applicant is Tier 2) Parent or Guardian Resident District 1/17/2014

Late applications: Choice districts may accept late applications after December 2. Late applicants may be added to the district's waitlist (if one exists) and may be accepted if seats become available, provided the district does not exceed its approved enrollment maximum. Choice districts may accommodate late applicants until all approved seats have been filled. Any applicants who apply AFTER the NJDOE data collection (1/24/14) will not be funded.

Waiver of the student application deadline: Once a choice district has filled all of its approved seats, a late applicant must apply for a waiver of the student application deadline from the Commissioner. A waiver may also be applied for if a student needs an immediate transfer. A student who can show good cause for an immediate transfer will be given priority through the waiver process over any existing waitlisted students.


A Tier 1 student must be enrolled in a NJ public school in his or her resident school district for the entire year (2013-14) immediately preceding enrollment in a choice district. If applying for kindergarten, the student must be attending his or her resident district's preschool; or if no district preschool exists, he/she must have a sibling currently attending the choice district to be considered Tier 1.

Tier 2 students include NJ residents who have not attended their resident school for the entire year immediately prior to enrollment in the choice district and do not otherwise meet the requirements for Tier 1. This includes students who have been attending public school outside their districts of residence or private school. NOTE: Not all choice districts accept applications from Tier 2 students. Contact the desired choice districts to find out if they will accept applications from Tier 2 students.

Interdistrict Public School Choice Program
New Jersey State Department of Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0500