are choosing a school for the first time for your child or your child is making
the transition to a new school, you probably have many questions. What are your
options? How much choice do you really have? What's the best option for your
child and your family? Where should you begin?
choice options available to parents have increased dramatically in recent
years. There's a growing national sentiment that promoting competition in
public education may spur schools to improve and that parents who invest energy
in choosing a school will continue to be involved in their child's education.
Generally, your first option
is your neighborhood school. Each public school district sets up its own rules
and boundaries for each school in the district, so it is best to check with
your local district to find out which school your child will be assigned to,
and what the rules are for attending charter schools, magnet schools, or other
schools within or outside your local district.
districts generally set their own policies for intra district transfers (from
one school in the district to another) and inter district transfers (to a
school outside the district). Preferences are often given to children whose
child care provider is near a particular school, or whose parents work in the
city where the school is located. Most school districts have an appeals process
if your request is denied. Space limitations often make transfers difficult,
and each district's process has its own regulations, so be sure to check with
your local district for specific requirements.
The amount of choice varies from one school district to another, and varies
from state to state. In most instances, it depends on supply and demand, and schools
that are well regarded are generally in high demand. So if you are hoping to
transfer your child to a popular school outside your home district, or a
popular charter or magnet school, you may find it difficult.
Always check with your local district to learn the
rules, and once you have applied for a transfer, keep checking on the status of
your application. In some districts, spots will open up at the last minute or
once the school year has begun, so it's a good idea to keep checking back with
U.S. News Looked At Thousands Of Public Schools
Identify The Most Outstanding
Broward County Public Schools is home to several
Best High Schools in the nation and state, according to new rankings by U.S.
News & World Report. In all, 14 BCPS high schools received gold, silver, or
bronze medals in U.S. Newsâ€™ Best High Schools 2012 national rankings.
U.S. News evaluated more than 22,000 public high
schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold,
silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, exams, how well
students are prepared for college and other factors.
A three-step process determined the Best High
Schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their
students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks.
For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed
the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work. Schools
with highest unrounded college readiness index values were numerically ranked
nationally from No. 1 to No. 500 and were the gold medal winners.
Browardâ€™s top national ranking high schools and
gold medalists, also ranking in the stateâ€™s top 50, are Cypress Bay High School
(#19 state, #253 national), Pompano Beach High School (#20 state, #262
national) and McFatter Technical High School (#24 state, #329 national).
In addition, four BCPS high schools are national
silver medalists and rank in the stateâ€™s top 50 â€“ Nova High School (#32 state,
#544 national), Atlantic Technical High School (#38 state, #611 national),
Cooper City High School (#46 state, #810 national) and Fort Lauderdale High
School (#48 state, #854).
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