Update on 2015-2016 Kindergarten Assignment Process

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:11pm

The Champaign Unit 4 School District has started notifying incoming kindergarten families of their school assignments for the 2015-2016 school year and would like to update the community on this year’s Schools of Choice process.

“This year’s kindergarten assignment process was one of the smoothest to date for our new families,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Zola, who oversees the Schools of Choice process. “We saw a consistently high percentage of families receiving their first choice and were able to work with our unassigned families to find a placement for their children. We also continued our communication efforts from last year that helped make the process easier to understand and the experience more family-friendly.”

This year’s initial assignment process resulted in 697 total applicants, up from 681 last year. Of that number, 674 students were initially assigned to a kindergarten seat for the 2015-2016 school year, with 88.7% receiving their first choice. The remaining 23 families were contacted individually to be placed and provided with waitlist options. Last year, 88.7% also received their first choice and 10 applicants remained unassigned following the initial assignment process.

Of the 697 total applicants:

Percent of Families Unassigned                                                      3.3%

Percent of Free/Reduced Lunch Applicants                                  57%

Of the 674 students assigned:

Percent of Families Receiving One of Their Top 5 Choices        99.4%

Percent of Families Receiving Their First Choice                         88.7%

Percent of Families Receiving Their Second Choice                    4.2 %

Percent of Families Receiving Their Third Choice                        3.1%

Percent of Families Receiving Their Fourth Choice                     2.8%

Percent of Families Receiving Their Fifth Choice                         0.6%

Last year, the District contracted with local firm Codagami to build a new technology solution that administers the assignments based upon the Schools of Choice policy. The new solution had a higher initial cost but relatively minimal costs moving forward, resulting in a long-term cost savings to the District. Outside of minimal maintenance costs, this year’s assignment process came at no additional cost to the district.

The District also continued its improved communication efforts around Schools of Choice, including the continuation of parent forums, school tours, evening open houses, website, the Choice Liaison position to work with individual families, and the Welcome to Champaign Schools book that explains the Schools of Choice process. As a result, the District earned a 4.72 out of 5 rating from families when asked about their kindergarten registration experience at the Family Information Center.


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