High School Choice & Transfer: Rising Freshmen



 

8TH GRADERS / RISING FRESHMEN 2022

High School Choice & Transfer Application

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Through January 31, 2022: complete the online High School Choice and Transfer Application to let your counselor know which programs you're interested in! 

8th grade families must submit a High School Choice and Transfer application December 6, 2021 through January 31, 2022. Late submissions are not accepted.
Important Note for Students Not Currently Enrolled in SCSD: If your child is not currently enrolled in the Syracuse City School District, you must also complete a registration for enrollment into SCSD for the 2022-2023 school year between Feb. 1 and Mar. 31 to be considered for a High School Choice program.

Application Assistance Form: Please complete and share with your school counselor if you would like someone to fill out the High School Choice/ Transfer application for you when it becomes available.

Each student is eligible to select a maximum of two High School Choice options and one High School Transfer request this year.  High School Transfer requests should only be submitted if a student meets one of  the transfer criteria listed on the application.  The great news is that you can receive assistance from your child’s counselor in submitting the application or a parent/guardian can submit themselves.  Once the application is complete, the High School Choice Team will ensure that each student’s information is uploaded to Smartchoice, our school choice lottery program, so that your child can participate in the interview process, which will be conducted both virtually and in-person, when applicable, this school year.

If your child is not interested in a Career or Technical Education (CTE) or Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Program, they will be assigned to their feeder school, if applicable, or can select to be considered for a high school transfer, based on certain eligibility requirements.

Important Note: Submitting the High School Choice and Transfer application or participating in the High School Choice interview process does not guarantee admission. When there are more students eligible for a program than seats available, the District will use the SmartChoice online lottery system to conduct a randomized lottery for each program to select students. Please visit www.syracusecityschools.com/registration for more information on the interview and lottery process.


Process Timeline (Subject to Change)
High School Choice and Transfer Application will go live at 11:59 pm on the evening of Monday, December 6, 2021

Interviews will begin on Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Interviews will resume after the Christmas break on Thursday, January 13, 2022

High School Choice and Transfer application will close at 11:59 pm Sunday, January 31, 2022

Interviews will continue through Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Lotteries will be conducted on or before Friday, April 1, 2022

High School Choice and Transfer placement and acceptance letters will be mailed to families on or before Tuesday, April 19, 2022
 
 


FAQs

How can I learn more about CTE and P-TECH?

Click here to register for a CTE Virtual Open House!

What is the High School Choice and Transfer Program?

The Syracuse City School District is proud to offer a wide selection of unique Career and Technical Education (CTE), Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) and other specialized programs for students entering 9th grade, also known as High School Choice.  The district’s High School Transfer Program provides families an opportunity to request that their child be considered to attend Corcoran, Henninger or Nottingham as their home school (based on current address as documented in our system) or to join a sibling (a student who resides in the same household and who will be actively enrolled in that school in the fall) at that school.  Combined these programs make up the High School Choice and Transfer Program. 

Families seeking to participate in the High School Choice or Transfer process must submit a High School Choice or Transfer Application on behalf of their 8th grader.  Submission of a application does not guarantee enrollment in a school or program.

Who should submit a High School Choice or Transfer Application? 

All SCSD 8th grade students are required to complete a High School Choice and Transfer application even if they are not interested in a CTE, P-TECH or other program or a transfer.  This will enable the district to properly project each 8th grader to their feeder high school, homeschool, or school of choice, if applicable, prior to July 1.

The Department of Student Registration reserves the right to assign any student who does not complete the application or who is not selected via the transfer and choice process to a high school based on the Board of Education school assignment policy. 

How does a student complete the High School Choice or Transfer Program application?

A parent or guardian must complete the application on behalf of the student by clicking on the High School Choice and Transfer Application link on or before 11:59 PM on January 31, 2022. This will help the district to ensure that the parent or guardian is aware of the student’s school choice interests.  The parent or guardian can authorize a middle school counselor, other District staff member or community-based agency worker to complete the application on their behalf. A section of the application will be designated for that individual to sign on behalf of the parent or guardian.  

When will the High School Choice and Transfer Application be available?

The application link will be available from December 6, 2021 – January 31, 2022 (tentatively). 

Where can I find the application? 

The application link will be accessible by visiting:
SCSD Main Page - www.syracusecityschools.com
Student Registration Page www.syracusecityschools.com/registration
High School and CTE Page www.syracusecityschools.com/cte 
Each middle school’s webpage

Who should complete the application?

The application should be completed by the parent or guardian of every active 8th grader in the District. Please note that a parent or guardian can authorize a middle school counselor, other District staff member or community-based agency worker to complete the application on their behalf. A section of the application will be designated for that individual to sign on behalf of the parent or guardian.  

What information do I need to complete the application?

You will need the student’s first and last name, date of birth and student identification number (which is provided in the transition letter you received or will receive in the mail, and can also be obtained by visiting School Tool or contacting your child’s middle school counselor for assistance). You will also need to know what the student’s interests are when selecting a high school choice option.  Lastly, please ensure that the parent or guardian’s name, telephone number and email address(and name of designee who will sign in their place, if applicable) are spelled and typed accurately. 

Do I still have to submit a High School Choice or Transfer application through Smartchoice once I complete the application? 

No. The High School Choice and Transfer Application replaces the old submission process for students entering 9th grade only.  Each parent or guardian of an active 8th grader is only responsible for completing the application not a Smartchoice application. 

What high school options are listed in the application for 8th graders who will be entering 9th grade next school year? 

  1. Feeder School - All students who have a feeder high school are already projected to that school in our student management system – School Tool.  Each middle school is in the North, South, East or West quadrant of the City.  Each quadrant has a feeder pattern that connects the middle school within a quadrant to the high school within that same quadrant. This is known as a feeder.
  • If this option is selected you will not have to complete anything else. You will be directed to the end of the application to complete the contact information and sign. 
  1. High School Transfer - The District’s High School Transfer Program provides families an opportunity to request that their child be considered to attend their home school or join a sibling (a student who resides in the same household).   Your child must be eligible to be considered for a High School Transfer to Corcoran, Henninger or Nottingham only.  Requesting a transfer to ITC and PSLA are not an option! Students must be eligible to be considered for a High School Transfer.  The transfer criteria for students entering High School is listed below in priority order:
  • Home School and Join Sibling (student resides in the same zone as the high school of interest AND has a sibling/child who resides in the same home who currently attends the high school and will remain enrolled in the school next school year).
  • Join sibling Only (has a sibling who attends the school and will remain enrolled in the school next school year).
  • Home School Only (student resides in the same zone as the high school of interest)
  1. High School Choice – The Syracuse City School District is proud to offer a wide selection of unique Career or Technical Education (CTE), Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) and other specialized programs for students entering 9th grade. Students who are interested in a CTE, P-TECH or other specialized program should research and identify the program(s) that meet his/her interests before submitting the application. The 2022 High School Choice Brochure is enclosed and contains detailed information on each program. It can also be found by visiting www.syracusecityschools.com/cte.

Do I need to complete a application even if the student is interested in a high school choice program at their feeder school?

Yes. 8th graders transitioning to 9th grade are required to apply to a CTE, P-TECH or specialized program even if the program is housed in their feeder high school.  

If a student is not interested in a CTE, P-TECH or other specialized program, do we still have to submit a High School Choice or Transfer application?

Yes. All 8th graders must submit a High School Choice and Transfer application. If a student is not interested in a High School Choice option (CTE, P-TECH or specialized program), the parent or guardian would have to select the Feeder School or Transfer option (student must be eligible for a transfer to be considered to enter the lottery). 

Important Note: Students who attend Frazer, Syracuse STEM @ Blodgett, and a percentage of the students who attend ELMS, Grant, Oasis, McCarthy @ Beard and Syracuse Latin and who reside in the West quadrant do not have a feeder high school.  Therefore, these students are required to select High School Choice and Transfer options. If a application is not submitted for the student or he/she is not accepted through the process, the District will assign them to one of the comprehensive high schools – Corcoran, Henninger or Nottingham. The Department of Student Registration will work closely with the family to discuss school assignment options but reserves the right to assign students based on seat availability. 

How many High School Transfer options can I select?

You can select one (1) transfer option. SCSD Board of Education Policy stipulates that students can only be granted one transfer during their high school years.

How many High School Choice options can I select?

You can select a maximum of two (2) High School Choice options.  You will be asked to select a first and second choice from a dropdown of programs. 

Does selecting a transfer or choice option automatically guarantee a high school placement?

No. Selection of a High School Choice or Transfer option does not guarantee placement.  When it comes to a transfer the student must be eligible based on the criteria outlined in the "What high school options are listed in the application for 8th graders who will be entering 9th grade next school year?" section above.  High School Choice requires that all students participate in an interview for their program of interest. Each school/program has an Interview Committee that will be responsible for interviewing students and recommending enrollment in the program of choice based on the student’s interest in the program and other program specific criteria, where applicable.

What is the interview process all about? 

Each school has an Interview Committee responsible for conducting individualized and group interviews. These interviews will be hosted virtually and by telephone with each student who selects a high school choice option. Interviews involve a conversation between the student, program staff and other members of the District to make sure students have a clear understanding of what the CTE, P-TECH or specialized programs are all about. 

Each student who selects a High School Choice option will be required to participate in the interview process in order to be considered for the program specific lottery. Students who participate in the interview process and demonstrate a strong interest in the program are recommended for enrollment and inclusion in the Smartchoice randomized lottery, if applicable.

How do we schedule an interview for High School Choice? 

The High School Choice and Transfer application will ask each family to select a timeslot from the options provided. You will pick a one-hour time slot that best fits your schedule.  Members of the High School Choice team will contact each family by phone and/or email to provide information on the specific date and time the interview will be held.  

How many timeslots should we select if the student is interested in two programs?

You only need to select one interview timeslot.  If you and your child select two high school choice programs of interest, your child will be interviewed for both programs on that day. This also includes programs that are offered at two different schools. 

Is there a specific day of the week that interviews will be held, or would it be every day?

At this time, interviews will be scheduled on Wednesdays unless determined otherwise.

What if the Interview Team is unable to reach the student, parent or guardian to participate in an interview?

The last section of the High School Choice and Transfer application requests the parent or guardian’s (or contact person’s) name, telephone number and email address.  Therefore, it is super important for parents or guardians to provide accurate up-to-date information so that each Interview Committee can reach our students in a timely manner. If they are unable to reach the student or parent/guardian, they will document that information and try one additional time before documenting the student as a ‘No Show’. 

What are the next steps in the process after the Interview? Is it a lottery?

The Interview Committee will provide the Department of Student Registration a complete list of students who are both recommended and not recommended for enrollment in the various programs. Based on the results of the interview, students will be marked as eligible (recommended by the Interview Committee and approved to enter the lottery), ineligible (not recommend for enrollment and not approved to enter the lottery) or incomplete (student did not participate in the interview process) in the Smartchoice Online System.

If there are more students who are deemed eligible or recommended for enrollment in a specific program than there are seats available, the District will conduct a lottery using the Smartchoice Online Lottery System to ensure a fair and equitable placement process. The lottery system will automatically rank each student by giving them a number on the accepted list or the waitlist. This information is based on the total number of seats available in each school or specialized program.

Important Note: Students must be recommended by the Interview Committee to be entered into the lottery. Student entrance into the lottery pool is not based on the date or time an application is submitted during the High School Choice open enrollment process. This is a randomized selection process.

What if a student is recommended by the Interview Committee, but not selected through the Smartchoice randomized lottery process?

Students who are entered into the lottery, but not selected, will be assigned to the waitlist and required to attend their feeder high school, home school, or assigned school for students who do not have a feeder, as applicable. The Department of Student Registration will contact the family when a seat becomes available in the program of interest. The students will remain on the waitlist for the first semester of the new school year. 

What if a student is recommended by the Interview Committee for both programs? How will they be entered into the lottery?  

Students who are recommended by the Interview Committee for one or both programs will be entered into each program’s lottery in the order in which they ranked the program of interest:
  1. If a student is recommended for their 1st choice they would be entered into the lottery for their first choice, and if they were selected in the lottery for that program they would not be entered into the lottery for their 2nd choice; but If they were not selected in the lottery for their 1st choice they would be waitlisted for that program and entered in the lottery for their 2nd choice; 
  2. If they are selected in the lottery for their 2nd choice they would remain on the waitlist for their 1st choice, through the end of the first semester or removed from the waitlist of their 1st choice if the parent or guardian makes that request; but
  3. If a student is not selected for their 1st or 2nd choice in the lottery they will be offered other school choice options that are available or enrolled in Corcoran, Henninger or Nottingham based on their feeder pattern, home school or transfer selection, if eligible, and remain waitlisted for their 1st or 2nd choice until the end of the first semester. 

How are students and parents/guardians notified about their acceptance, non-acceptance and/or waitlist status?

The Department of Student Registration will notify students and families of their acceptance, non-acceptance, or waitlist status.  The notification will be mailed to the address on file in School Tool.  
 
Important Note: Parents/guardians should contact the main office of their child’s school or the Department of Student Registration (registration@scsd.us) as soon as a student moves or transfers outside of the District.  The parent or guardian will be required to provide proof of address if they move.  

Do students have to confirm acceptance of a seat?

Students who are accepted into their 1st choice through the lottery (whether a school choice option or a transfer) do not have to confirm acceptance of their seat.  They will be automatically placed in that program or school. Students who are accepted into their 2nd choice or students who are not ranked as accepted in the lottery and placed on a waitlist will remain on the waitlist for the first semester (please refer to the section "What if a student is recommended by the Interview Committee for both programs? How will they be entered into the lottery?" 1-3 for details on the waitlist process). These two groups of students (2nd choice recipients and waitlisted students will be asked to confirm acceptance of that status). This information will be detailed in the student acceptance, non-acceptance or waitlist letter.

What is the timeline for the High School Choice and Transfer Program process?

The following is a tentative timeline of events, which is subject to change. Please continue to check the websites listed in the section "Where can I find the application?" for updates.
  • High School Choice and Transfer Application will go live at 11:59 pm on the evening of Monday, December 6, 2021
  • Interviews will begin on Wednesday, December 15, 2021
  • Interviews will resume after the Christmas break on Thursday, January 13, 2022
  • High School Choice and Transfer application will close at 11:59 pm Sunday, January 31, 2022
  • Interviews will continue through Wednesday, March 16, 2022
  • Lotteries will be conducted on or before Friday, April 1, 2022
  • High School Choice and Transfer placement and acceptance letters will be mailed to families on or before Tuesday, April 19, 2022