Stafford Township School District

Stafford Township School District Public School Choice Program
Please Note: Participation of new students in the 2014-15 school year will depend upon the availability of funding and whether the program is reauthorized by the New Jersey State Legislature.
Students from other public schools are welcome to apply to attend Stafford Township Schools for grades K through 6 for the 2014-15 school year.
The regulations governing the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program have been established by the State. The steps that must be taken and the documents that must be submitted in order for a student to participate in the school choice program are listed below.  For more information here is a link to the NJDOE's Student Application Process for Parents and Students:
The District currently has 6 openings for the 2014-15 school year. This is for all grade levels.  If more than 6 applications are received, it will be necessary for the district to hold a lottery for these 6 openings.  Preference is given to students applying who already have siblings enrolled in the choice program.
NOTE: When making your decision, please be aware that transportation may not be provided for your student. Depending on the circumstances, the resident district may provide aid in lieu of transportation. (Visit the NJ Department of Education’s transportation procedures for more information.)
All Students (Tier 1 and Tier 2):  Click on the Form Name for the actual paperwork.
Parent/Guardian completes the Student Application and gives to Stafford Township School by December 2, 2013.
If your student is currently registered with his/her resident district, complete the Notice of Intent to Participate Form and submit it to your resident district by December 2, 2013 and obtain a signed receipt acknowledging that you submitted the form.  Keep the receipt for your records. By law, a resident district must be informed if a student intends to participate in the school choice program.
After applications are received and confirmation of Enrollment is completed for verification of Tier 1, the lottery will be held (if necessary).
Notice of Conditional Acceptance, Rejection, or Wait Listing to the Parent/Guardian by 12/20/13.
Parent completes the Student's Notice of Intent to Enroll in the Choice District.  The Choice District will send a copy of this form to the Resident District.
**If a tier 2 student, parent must enroll in resident district by January 17, 2014.
Tier 1* Students:
A Tier 1 student must be enrolled in a NJ public school (including a charter school) in his or her Resident District for the entire year (2013-14) immediately preceding enrollment in a Choice District, If applying for kindergarten, the student must be attending his or her resident district's preschool; or if no district preschool exists, he/she must have a sibling currently attending in the Choice District to be considered Tier 1.
Tier 2* Students:
*Tier 2 students include NJ residents who have not attended their resident school for the entire school year immediately prior to enrollment in the choice district and do not otherwise meet the requirements for Tier 1.  This includes students who have been attending public school outside their districts of residence or private school.  
Important: Make copies of all forms for your records before submitting
them. Obtain signed and dated receipts for all forms you submit, either by sending the forms via certified mail, return receipt requested; or delivering the forms and obtaining a signed and dated receipt in person.
Forms can be sent to:

Mrs. Stephanie Bush, Director
250 North Main Street (Rt. 9)
Stafford Township School District
Manahawkin NJ 08050
Phone: (609) 978-5700 x 1270

About our School Choice Program:
This innovative program addresses and fosters multiple intelligences while simultaneously attending to the implementation of the core curriculum content standards in visual and performing arts. The core curriculum content standards mandate that all students acquire skills that increase aesthetic awareness in dance, music, theater and visual arts. Students are required to create, to produce, to critique, to design and to identify the historical, social and cultural influences and traditions that have generated artistic accomplishments.
Believing that students demonstrate intelligence in a variety of different ways, the Stafford Township School District will provide numerous opportunities to develop these multiple intelligences. By extending offerings in visual and performing arts the district will better promote and foster the development of these intelligences and more accurately attend to the needs, interests and abilities of all students.
School choice program students may be offered opportunities to participate in a variety of visual and performing arts activities including theater, dance, improvisation, choreography, rhythmic analysis, musical composition, and communications. Students with identified interests and abilities will also participate in extended day experiences designed to enhance and extend specific skills and talents.