Sumter School District will offer the Open Enrollment program for the 2018-2019 school year. The purpose of the program is to increase students’ access to public school K-12 educational opportunities within the school district.
Enrollment opportunities will be based upon the capacity of each school. Student-teacher ratios will not change, and schools will not be overcrowded by this program. Requests for student participation will be handled through a lottery if requests exceed available slots. Pre-kindergarten students are ineligible for the program.
Students who are zoned to attend a particular school and want to attend there are not required to submit any application. In addition, students who are currently attending a school through the open enrollment program do not need to send another application. This program is designed only for students who wish to attend a school outside of their attendance zone and have not already been approved. Separate applications are not required for open enrollment students to move from Oakland Primary School to Shaw Heights Elementary or High Hills Elementary schools.
Applications are available in all Sumter School District schools, the district office at 1345 Wilson Hall Road and online at http://sumterschools.net. Applications must be received or postmarked by Feb. 23 and may be returned at any of the schools or at the district office. If mailed, the address is Sumter School District, attention Maria Thomas, 1345 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150. Parents will be notified by mail of approval or denial by March 30.
If chosen for participation, parents must provide transportation to and from the out-of-zone school. A student approved for enrollment in a non-resident school is entitled to remain in the school until completion of the final grade within that school without submitting an annual application. Other rules and considerations are covered in the informational flyer.