School Choice - OverviewCHOICE Schools and Programs allow students to opt-out or opt-in to select schools throughout the District. Schools that are considered CHOICE, are designated for a variety of reasons. A school might be a Magnet program, Academy, may follow a different schedule than the traditional schools at PPS or may be designated as a school in restructuring, as outline in the No Child Left Behind Act. Here is a list of CHOICE options at Peoria Public Schools:
•Northmoor Primary, Franklin Primary and Rolling Acres Middle - Each of these schools follows a different, longer schedule than the rest of the District. The day begins at 7:30 a.m. for each of these buildings and ends at 2:45 p.m. The longer school day equates to 45 minutes additional contact time than a student at other schools in the District would receive. The additional minutes also allows extra time for teacher team planning and professional development, and more “extras” for students, such as foreign language, art, and/or music.
•Roosevelt Magnet School - While also housing a traditional primary and middle school, Roosevelt Magnet also accepts students that wish to focus on the fine arts during their middle school years.
•Manual 7th and 8th Grade Academy OR 9th Grade Academy and High School Career Academies - The academy structure for Manual middle and high school students uses a block schedule. These academies follow a curriculum based on the recommendations of Johns Hopkins University.
Boundary Waivers (BW)
Boundary Waiver (BW) requests are received for a short window each fall, prior to the start of school. Applications for boundary waivers must be approved by Central Office Administration, the Principal of both the receiving and exiting school, illustrate a specific concern with the student's “home” school and space (and resources) must be available in the receiving school. Transportation is not provided by the District for approved Boundary Waiver requests.
School Improvement (NCLB-SI) (Separate Form Provided by the Illinois State Board of Education)
This program is available for district students attending a Title I school that has not met one or more of its identified academic targets known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for at least two years in a row. These schools are identified as School Improvement (SI) schools. Authorized in the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Peoria Public Schools provides parents of all students enrolled in a School Improvement (SI) school up to two designated non-SI receiving school choice options. The School Improvement School Choice (SISC) Pattern for each school year is based on the test results received in the spring prior to the start of each school year. The District is mandated to send a letter and form approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to families residing in NCLB-SI boundary areas each spring.
Charter Schools (Application available through Charter School)
One Charter School is authorized by the PPS Board of Education. However, they do not use the CHOICE Schools/Programs Application, as it is not a district run school. Visit the Quest Charter Academy website (www.questpeoria.org) to learn more about enrollment procedures for this Charter School. (Yeah, they actually mentioned Quest.)
To find out who is eligible to opt-in; should students re-apply each year; what to do if you don't like the school that was selected; or if your child will receive District-provided transportation, click here.