Thinking of moving to White Plains in central Westchester county? Interested in knowing more about White Plains local school district? As a local broker with over 20 years selling residential homes, townhouses, condos and coops in White Plains, I can explain what you need to know about the school district. Please read further to learn about the school district’s unique and very successful “parent choice” program which was one of the first of it’s kind, established many years ago.
Under the Choice Program, a child’s school assignment (in kindergarten – eighth grade) is not determined by where she/he lives. Parents of incoming kindergartners (who complete the registration process and return their Choice Form during the Formal Kindergarten Registration Period which takes place the winter before the children enter school) indicate their preference for three out of five schools and rank them in order of preference. Assignments are made based on parental choice, space available in each school, and the Board’s racial and ethnic balance policy.
Parents of fifth graders (who return their Choice Form during the Formal Middle School Choice Period which takes place the winter before the children enter sixth grade) indicate their preference for one of the two Middle School campuses, Eastview and Highlands. Assignments are made based on parental choice, space available in each campus, and the Board’s racial and ethnic balance policy.
The results of the Controlled Parents’ Choice Program are gratifying and are the reason why school districts around the country have sought the district’s assistance in setting up the program at their location. In addition to achieving comparable class sizes and the racial and ethnic balancing that was sought by the Board of Education, an average of 93% of the parents have received their first choice school, 98% of the parents their first or second choice school and 100% of the parents one of their three choices. The Middle School Choice Program has resulted in 98-100% of the parents who returned their forms on time receiving their campus preference during the Middle School Choice Period.
The Choice Program does not apply to students in grades 9-12 who attend one district-wide high school on North Street.
For additional information, please contact the Parent Information Center at (914-422-2113). Additional helpful links are below:
http://www.whiteplainspublicschools.org/4112101113123241110/site/default.asp (about our schools)
http://www.whiteplainspublicschools.org/4112101112153443833/site/default.asp (schools & programs)