Schools of Choice Informational Session - January 26

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 6:52pm

Champaign Unit 4 School District will hold the first of two Schools of Choice Informational Sessions tomorrow, January 26, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Garden Hills Elementary School. The session will provide an overview of the Schools of Choice process, provide opportunities for questions and answers, and a Showcase of Schools featuring each of the District's 12 elementary schools. 

Families residing within the Champaign Unit 4 School District with children turning five years old on or before September 1, 2016, should visit the Family Information Center (1103 N. Neil Street) to register and rank schools choices by March 31. 

During this time, Unit 4 invites parents to visit each of the District’s 12 elementary schools, become informed about the assignment process, and find the right fit for their family. 

A number of parent resources are available on the Schools of Choice Website, including an updated Welcome to Champaign Schools booklet, regarding the assignment process. 

This year, Unit 4 has also added historical data to the Schools of Choice website to further assist families in the school ranking process. 

Below is a listing of important dates, including upcoming school tours and informational sessions: 

Kindergarten Registration - January 4-March 31, 2016

Students must turn five on or before September 1, 2016
Parents must provide birth certificate and proof of residency at the time of registration.
Younger siblings of current Unit 4 students should also register during this time. 

Visit During the School Day
Visit any of our 12 elementary schools on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. during the month of February and Wednesday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. during the month of March. You are also welcome to reach out to any of our school principals, who are happy to answer your questions and tell you more about what their school has to offer your child.

Informational Sessions, Including a Showcase of Schools

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Garden Hills Elementary School — 2001 Garden Hills Drive
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Kenwood Elementary School — 1001 Stratford Drive

Evening Open House
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at any of the twelve elementary schools. Tours will be provided.
Choice Chats

Choice Chats offer a smaller setting for families to speak with Schools of Choice staff members and have their questions answered. Please join one or both of the chat sessions: March 3 & March 10 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Family Information Center.
Reach Out
Not seeing a time that will work for your family? Reach out! Our Choice Specialists are available to answer your questions by phone (217-351-3701) or in person at our Family Information Center. You may also contact our Choice Liaison Jennifer Peddycoart who can set up school visits on your behalf and connect your family with the resources you need to rank your school choices. She can be reached at the Mellon Administrative Center at 217-351-3800. 
Middle School Registration – April 25-29, 2016
(Only for current 5th grade students at Stratton & BTW. All other elementary schools feed into a middle school and no further registration is required. For incoming kindergarten families, all schools will feed directly into one of our middle schools.)

Middle School Open Houses:

Jefferson— April 18, 2016
Franklin—April 19, 2016
Edison—April 21, 2016

Each held from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Transfer Period – May 1-31
For current Unit 4 elementary and middle school students who wish to apply for admission at another Unit 4 school.
Transfers will be based on seat availability.
Have questions? Contact:

Family Information Center
1103 N Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in March & May

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