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Open enrollment ends for schools in Lee County

April 15, 2014
Special to the Reporter ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

More than 17,000 students participated in the Lee County School District's Student Assignment lottery. Preliminary data indicates 75.5 percent of families received their first-choice school for the 2014-2015 school year. In addition, 93.0 percent received one of their top three choices.

Eighty percent of the students entering kindergarten, sixth-or-ninth-grade in 2014-15 (which are the students mandated to participate in Open Enrollment) received their first choice. Over 95 percent received one of their top three choices. These percentages will continue to rise as we draw closer to the start of the next school year.

"Over the next several months, we will process the eligibility pools as vacancies occur, which will move many students into their first-choice schools," said Leila Muvdi, director of Student Assignment. "By the 15th day of school, the percentage of families who receive their first-choice school will exceed 90 percent."

This year, more than 4,648 families chose the "online option" when participating in the Open Enrollment process. This option continues to grow in popularity because of convenience and the ability to see the assignment a week before paper applicants.

The district will begin mailing notices to families this week.

If a student received a school other than their first choice, they are automatically placed in the eligibility pool for their first-choice school. It is unnecessary for parents to call requesting placement in an eligibility pool -- it's automatic.

Parents who have questions about the student assignment program can call the Student Assignment Office at 337-8247.



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