School Choice

School choice refers to the educational alternatives available to parents who do not wish to send their children to the local district public schools to which they are assigned. All children are different with different needs and different talents. School choice programs allow parents to seek out the best and most appropriate educational opportunities for their children without financial penalty. Students, from Essex Town or Essex Junction, interested in applying for School Choice to attend other area high schools, beginning in the fall of 2017, need to complete and submit a School Choice Application form by March 1st. Completed applications should be submitted to the EHS School Counseling Office. Limited slots are available. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than there are slots available. Students will be informed by April 1 of school choice decisions. Students selected for school choice need to inform residence school, in writing, of their decision by April 15. Decisions will be communicated to receiving schools right away.

The EWSD Board has established the following caps: Essex High School will receive no more than twenty total students from outside the district for the 2017-2018 school year. Also, no more than a total of forty resident students will be allowed to attend other high schools under provisions of the school choice law.

Transportation for school choice students is the responsibility of the students’ families.

Students must maintain certain behavioral guidelines to retain their School Choice slot.

Please access the links below which provide information on the new School Choice law and an application form:

  Vermont Department of Education School Choice Memorandum  

  Open School Choice Application Form 17-18