Schools of choice

By Krystle Wagner

Grand Haven Tribune, Mich.


Oct. 08–NORTHWEST OTTAWA COUNTY — Area schools say they are seeing a slight increase in parents enrolling their children through the Schools of Choice program.

Grand Haven resident Erica Sitzer said that choice allows her children to attend a different school within the same school district. Although her family lives in the Ferry Elementary School district, she wants her children to attend Peach Plains Elementary School because she prefers the academics and technology offered there.

Sitzer said she was worried when she enrolled her first child in the program, but was relieved when they were accepted.

“We just have to make sure we provide transportation, because they don’t do busing for our house,” she said.

Parents enrolling their children into the Schools of Choice program must fill out an application by a deadline, which varies for each school district.

During the 2011-12 school year, about 485 students were enrolled through the Schools of Choice program in Spring Lake Public Schools. Grand Haven Area Public Schools had about 264 students enrolled through the program during the last school year.

Students are accepted through the program if there’s availability in the grade, and if they don’t have a history of suspensions or truancies, Spring Lake Superintendent Dennis Furton said.



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