Title 1 Elementary School Choice (2015-16)

The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires schools “in need of improvement” in reading/mathematics to offer families the choice for students to transfer to another school within the district that is not subject to these federal actions.  This determination is based on how students score on the Iowa Assessments. Des Moines Public Schools will not have official information from the Iowa Department of Education until sometime in July about whether or not our schools met their 2014-15 goals in reading and mathematics.

However, because a school must meet its goal for two years in a row to be taken off of the official list of those “in improvement,” we know that the following elementary schools will be offering school choice for the 2015-16 school year: Brubaker, Capitol View, Carver, Cattell, Edmunds, Findley, Garton, Howe, King, Lovejoy, Madison, McKinley, Monroe, Morris, Moulton, Oak Park, River Woods, South Union, Stowe and Willard.

Below please find additional information, in multiple languages, as well as the forms forms for this process. Forms must be received no later than July 1.


School Choice 2015-2016

Your school will be offering school choice for the 2015-16 school year.

Please follow this link to access the School Choice request form.

Forms are due July 1, 2015.  No late forms will be accepted.


Chọn Trường 2015-2016

Trường của bạn sẽ cho chọn trường cho niên học 2015-16.

Hãy thực hiện theo liên kết này để truy cập vào mẫu yêu cầu chọn trường.

Xin nộp đơn trước ngày 1 tháng 7, 2015. Sẽ không chấp nhận nếu đơn nộp trễ.


Opción de escuelas  2015-2016

Su escuela ofrecerá opción de escuelas para el año escolar 2015-16.

Por favor siga el enlace electrónico para tener acceso a la forma de solicitud de opción de escuelas “School Choice request form”.

Las solicitudes seran entregadas a mas tardar el 1o de Julio , 2015. Ninguna solicitud pasada esta fecha será aceptada.


स्कूल छान्ने विकल्प 2015-2016

तपाईंको स्कूलले शैक्षिक सत्र 2015-16 मा स्कुल छान्ने बिकल्प दिदैछ।

आफूले चाहेको स्कुलमा जाने फारम (School Choice request form) लिनलाई कृपया यो लिन्कमा जानुहोश्।

फारम जुलाई 1, 2015 सम्ममा बुझाउनु पर्नेछ । ढिलो आएको फारम स्वीकृत हुने छैन।


إختيار ألمدرسة للعام ألدراسي 2015-2016

سوف تمنح المدرسة الخاصة بطفلك فرصة إختيار المدرسة للعام الدراسي 2015-16.

الرجاء تتبع ألإرتباط(Link )  ألمرفق للوصول إلى إستماره / نموذج طلب “اختيار المدرسة”.

لا يتجاوز موعد تسليم ألإستمارات 1 يوليو2015.  لن يتم قبول ألإستمارات / ألنماذج ألمتأخره.


Information and Forms in Additional Languages


Dear Parents/Guardians of students enrolled in DMPS Title I elementary schools:

The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires schools “in need of improvement” in reading/mathematics to offer families the choice for students to transfer to another school within the district that is not subject to these federal actions.  This determination is based on how students score on the Iowa Assessments.  The Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) will not have official information from the Iowa Department of Education until sometime in July about whether or not our schools met their 2014-15 goals in reading and mathematics.   However, because a school must meet its goal for two years in a row to be taken off of the official list of those “in improvement,” we know that your school will be offering school choice for the 2015-16 school year.

Please know that the “in need of improvement” designation refers to federal criteria. We remain a fully accredited school in complete compliance with State of Iowa regulations.  It is also important that you know the following as you consider transferring your student to another DMPS school through the school choice option:

  • Your home school receives federal Title I funds which provides additional teaching staff for reading and math.  Choice schools do not receive Title I funds, so they do not have these additional teaching staff.
  • Your home school receives federal Title I funds which provides the opportunity for Supplemental Educational Services (SES), special before- and after-school tutoring.  Choice schools do not receive Title I funds, so they do not offer SES.
  • Only identified schools in Des Moines have an English as a Second Language (ESL) Program.  The Choice school may not have an ESL Program.  If your student currently receives ESL services and you wish for them to attend a school that does not have this programming, you will need to officially decline these services.
  • Your home school does not require families to complete paperwork for free/reduced-price meals. Families transferring to a Choice school may need to complete paperwork and be approved in order for their students to benefit from free/reduced-priced meals.
  • If you wish for your student to transfer back to their home school from their Choice school after the school year starts, you will need to follow district transfer guidelines – in other words, if the home school does not have room at your student’s grade level, the student may not be able to transfer back to the home school until August of 2016.
  • Transportation will be provided; however, your student may be on the bus for over 60 minutes each way to school and from school.

You may apply for a school choice. Your transfer options for 2015-16 are:

School

2014-15 Combined Grades 3-5
Proficient % – Reading

2014-15 Combined Grades 3-5
Proficient % – Math

Downtown School* 89.52%

87.90%

Jefferson 83.49%

82.55%

Moore

Re-opening in August 2015

Re-opening in August 2015

* Note: the Downtown School is a continuous calendar school.  Their 2015-16 school year is August 12, 2015 – June 29, 2016 with a number of breaks during the school year.

Transportation for choice will be provided by the district. If you wish to apply for school choice, please complete the form (downloadable at the links above) and return by July 1, 2015.  Late forms will not be acceptedDirections for returning the form are included on the School Choice Request Form.  If you wish for your student to remain at your home school, no action on your part is required.

We are very proud of our students and of the education they receive from their home school. We also are committed to continuous improvement, and so will continue to make changes necessary to benefit student learning. We appreciate and depend on your ongoing support and assistance, and welcome your suggestions.