High School Choice Program



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Online Applications Available: February 1 - March 31

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The Syracuse City School District’s High School Choice Program offers students who are transitioning from 8th to 9th grade a wonderful opportunity to apply to attend a Career and Technical Education (CTE) or a Pathways to Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Program. Students can apply to a maximum of three (3) High School Choice applications.

CTE and P-TECH Options
 
Automotive Technology
Barbering
Biotechnology
Business Technology
Computer Forensics
Construction Technology
Cosmetology
Culinary Arts
Cybersecurity
Electrical Trades
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Fire/Rescue
Forensic Sciences
Geospatial Technology
Health Professions
International Academy
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Law Enforcement
Manufacturing Technology Pre-Apprenticeship
Media Communications

Medical Assisting
Navy JROTC
Nottingham Natural Resources STEM
P-TECH Clinical Laboratory Technology
P-TECH Computer Information Systems
P-TECH Electrical and Mechanical Technology
P-TECH Health Information Technology
P-TECH Mechanical Technology
P-TECH Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
Urban Teaching Preparation
Welding

Click here to view the 2019-2020 school year registration and notification timeline.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does a student apply to a CTE or P-TECH Program?
Each student should identify the programs that meet his/her interests before applying (see the High School Choice Program Brochure for more information). We recommend that students meet with their middle school counselor to discuss these options.

A parent/guardian must complete the application on behalf of the student. This helps us to ensure that the parent/guardian is aware of the student’s school choice interests. The parent/guardian can authorize a middle school counselor, other District staff member or community-based agency worker to complete the application on their behalf.

Visit www.enrollinsyracusecityschools.com.  All applications must be submitted online between February 1, 2019 – March 31, 2019.


2. How many applications can a student submit?
Students can submit a maximum of three (3) High School Choice applications and one (1) High School Transfer application. Board of Education Policy stipulates that students can only be granted one transfer during their high school years.


3. Does submitting an application guarantee a high school choice placement?
No. Submission of a High School Choice application does not guarantee placement. All applicants are required to participate in the interview process for each program. Each school has an Interview Committee that is responsible for interviewing each student and recommending enrollment based on the student’s interest and ability to meet the program specific criteria.

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


4. Do students need to apply even if they are 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 or P-TECH Program even if the program is housed in their feeder high school.  


5. What is a feeder high school?
Each middle school is located in the North, South, East or West quadrant of the City.  Each quadrant has a feeder pattern (see District Feeder Pattern) that connects the middle school within a quadrant to the high school within that same quadrant. This is known as a feeder.


6. If a student is not interested in a CTE or P-TECH Program, do they have to submit a High School Choice application?
Students who are enrolled in a middle school that feeds into Corcoran, Henninger or Nottingham DO NOT have to submit a High School Choice application. They will be automatically assigned to their feeder high school or home school (ELMS, CORE and Grant students only), or by the Special Education Department, if applicable.

Important Note: Students who attend Frazer, Westside Academy, as well as a portion of the students who attend Grant and who reside in the West quadrant do not have a feeder high school.  Therefore, these students are required to participate in the High School Choice and High School Transfer process. If the student does not submit an online application or is not accepted through the process, the District will assign them to one of the comprehensive high schools – Corcoran, Henninger, and Nottingham. The Department of Student Registration will correspond with the family to obtain input and provide detail regarding the assignment for the upcoming school year.


7. How are students selected or accepted into a High School Choice CTE or P-TECH Program?
Each School has an Interview Committee or Designee who is responsible for conducting face-to-face, phone or group interviews with each student who submits an online application. Students who participate in the interview process and demonstrate a strong interest in the program are recommended for enrollment and inclusion in the Smartchoice lottery, if applicable.
The Interview Committee will send a complete list of students to the Department of Student Registration. Based on the results of the interview, students are marked as eligible (recommended by the school 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 number 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 in to the lottery. Student entrance in to 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.


8. What if a student is recommended by the Interview Committee, but not selected in the lottery?
Students who are entered into the lottery, but not selected, will be assigned to the waitlist and required to attend their feeder high school or home school, as applicable. The Department of Student Registration will contact the family when a seat becomes available in the program of interest.


9. What if the student/parent/guardian is contacted to participate in an interview, but they do not make it or miss the interview? Can we schedule an interview online?
The Smartchoice application system allows you an opportunity to schedule an interview directly online, while completing your application.  Once you select a date and time, an email will be sent directly to the Interview Committee/Designee.  They will contact the parent/guardian via email or phone to confirm the interview schedule.
In addition, under the Program Preferences section of each online application, parents/guardians are given the option of authorizing the Interview Committee to interview your child at their middle school in your absence.  If they choose "Yes", the Interview Committee will schedule an appointment with the guidance counselor to interview your child on site.  If "No", your child will only be allowed to participate in an interview when you are present.

Please Note: All students MUST participate in the interview process.


10. Can the High School Choice applications be ranked?
Students are allowed to select a maximum of three high school choice applications. The Smartchoice Online system allows the opportunity to rank each application with #1 being the program that the student is most interested in enrolling and #3 being the program that the student is least interested in enrolling.
The ranking option appears at the end of the application, once the second and/or third application have been completed. Applications can also be ranked by signing in, selecting the parent dashboard at the top of the screen, and then clicking on the green arrows next to each application to change the number or ranking order. 
Be sure that the student takes his/her time in selecting his/her top (#1) choice, because once a student is accepted and assigned to their first choice they are automatically removed from the accepted and waitlists for all other options.


11. What if a student is accepted in to each of the programs to which he/she applied?
Students who are selected by the Interview Committee and accepted into their program of choice through the Smartchoice random lottery selection process will be automatically assigned to their:
  1. 1st choice and removed from the waitlist of their second or 3rd choice;
  2. 2nd choice if they did not get their first choice and then kept on the waitlist for their 1st choice;
  3. 3rd choice and kept on the waitlist for their 1st or 2nd choice.
 
Students who are selected by the Interview Committee and waitlisted through the Smartchoice lottery selection process will receive detailed notification via email/letter and will be:
  1. Removed from all waitlists if they receive their 1st choice; or
  2. Remain on the waitlist for their 1st choice if they receive their 2nd or 3rd choice; or
  3. Remain on the waitlist for their 1st and 2nd choice if they receive their 3rd choice.

12. How students and parents/guardians notified 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 sent to the e-mail address provided on the Smart Choice online application process and mailed to the address provided in the Smartchoice application on or before June 14, 2019Please note that if the application closing date is extended, this date will be extended. 
 
Important Note: The student’s school or Department of Student Registration should be contacted as soon as a student moves or transfers outside of the District.  The Parent/guardian will be required to provide proof of address.  


13. Do students have to confirm acceptance of a seat?
Students do not have to confirm acceptance of their seat.  They will be automatically declined when they receive a seat in a higher ranked program, approved transfer or confirm enrollment in their feeder school with their school counselor.  Students who are not accepted into a higher ranked program, but placed on a waitlist will remain on the waitlists for the first two marking periods only. This information will be detailed in the student acceptance, non-acceptance and/or waitlist email/letter.



 

Registration and Notification Timeline for the 2019-2020 School Year

School/Program

Application Date

Testing/Interviews

Lottery

Final Notification

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

February 1 – March 31

N/A

June 14, 2019*

June 28, 2019

Grades 1-12 Open Enrollment

February 1 – March 31

N/A

June 14, 2019*

June 28, 2019

Montessori @ Lemoyne

(3 Year Olds Only)

February 1 – March 31

N/A

May 31, 2019

June 14, 2019

Syracuse Latin School

February 1 – March 31

Ongoing

May 31, 2019

(if applicable)

June 14, 2019

Delaware Primary & Seymour Academy
Dual Language Programs

February 1 – March 31

N/A

May 31, 2019

(if applicable)

June 14, 2019

Expeditionary Learning Middle School (ELMS)

February 1 – March 31

February 10 – April 12, 2019

May 31, 2019

(if applicable)

June 14, 2019

K-8 Transfer Program

February 1 – March 31

N/A

May 31, 2019

June 14, 2019

Receivership Transfer Program

February 1 – March 31

N/A

May 31, 2019

June 14, 2019

High School Transfers

February 1 – March 31

N/A

May 31, 2019

(if applicable)

June 14, 2019

High School Choice
(CTE or P-TECH Programs)

February 1 – March 31

February 10 – April 12, 2019

May 31, 2019

(if applicable)

June 14, 2019

*Lottery will be conducted if necessary.