DeKalb County School District

School Improvement

Public School Choice

Public school choice, the Title I "Part A" of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, formerly No Child left Behind (NCLB), offers students enrolled in public schools that are identified for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring, an opportunity to attend or transfer to a public school that has not been identified as in needs improvement status.

  • .pdf link icon brochure [ http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/documents/school-improvement/public-school-choice-brochure.pdf ]
  • .pdf link icon presentation [ http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/documents/school-improvement/public-school-choice-ayp-presentation.pdf ]

Each summer, the Georgia Department of Education provides the school system with information about schools that did not make adequate yearly progress (AYP), based upon elementary and middle school Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) and Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) results. The school system notifies parents of these results, and offers ESEA public school choice to parents whose children attend a public school that has been identified for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring prior to the beginning of the school year. All ESEA public school choice transfer requests must be completed during the enrollment period. Proof of residence will be required with the NCLB public school choice application in the form of a current water, power, gas, mortgage, or lease document in the parent's name.

Co-residents must provide proof of residency in the form of (1) a notarized affidavit of legal residence with original seal, (2) a current utility bill in the name of the home owner or lessee, and (3) an official or current business letter from the parent's or guardian's place of employment or other official business letter addressed to them at their current place of residence. Per ESEA regulation, public school choice applications will be prioritized first by low income and then second by lowest academic performance. Per acceptance of the school choice afforded, your child may attend the new school until he/she has completed the highest grade in the school. The ESEA public school choice process will be governed by quality control measures for participants. If you choose for your child to remain at his/her home school, no action on your part is required.

Transportation

The law states that the school district must provide transportation or provide for transportation for students whose home school is a Title I needs improvement school.

For parents who can provide a means of transporting their child to their school of choice, the DeKalb County School District will reimburse the parent for transporting the student to the receiving school if the student is transferring from a Title I school. The federal per-diem rate at the current rate per mile, round trip, from the child's home to the choice school and round trip from the child's choice school to the child's home will be used to calculate mileage. Each quarter your child's attendance will be verified and the mileage computed. Parents selecting this option will be required to submit a DeKalb County School District vendor information form at the time of registration. Parents will be mailed reimbursement checks on a quarterly basis. A transportation reimbursement payment schedule will be mailed to parents once the completed vendor information sheet is fully processed. This transportation provision will be governed by regular proof of residence verification for federal compliance.

For parents unable to provide a means of transporting their child to their school of choice, the DeKalb County School District will provide public transportation Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) cards for transportation to the school of choice. This transportation provision will be governed by regular proof of residence verification for federal compliance. Title I "Part A" ESEA provides students enrolled in a school identified as being in needs improvement—not achieving adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two consecutive years in the same subject area—the option to transfer to another public school in the school district that has not been identified as needs improvement.