Stafford Township School District Public School Choice Program
Please Note: Participation of new students in the 2013-14 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 2013-14 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 here:
All Students (Tier 1 and Tier 2):
Parent/Guardian completes Notice of Intent to Participate: Due to District of Residence by 11-2-12; EXTENDED TO 11-16-12
Give District of Residence the Confirmation of Student of Eligibility to Particpate to complete. This wil be completed by District of Residence and returned to Parent/Guardian by 11-21-12. EXTENDED TO 11-26-12
Parent/Guardian then completes the Student Application and gives to Choice District by 12-3-12.
Additional Timelines for 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 (2012-13) immediately preceding enrollment in a Choice District, or if applying for kindergarten, must have a sibling currently attending in the Choice District.
Notice of Conditional Acceptance or Rejection from Stafford Township School District to Parent/Guardian by 12-21-12
Notice of Intent to Enroll in the Choice District completed by Paren/Guardian to Stafford Township School District by 1-4-13
Additional TImelines for Tier 2* Students:
*Tier 2 students include NJ residents who have not attended a public school in their Resident district for one year immediately prior to enrollment in a Choice District, are attending a non-public school, or applying for kindergarten and do not have a sibling currently attending in the Choice district.
Notice of Conditional Acceptance or Rejection from Stafford Township School District to the Parent/Guardian by 1-25-13
Notice of Intent to Enroll in the Choice District completed by Parent/Guardian to Stafford Township School District by 2-4-13
Forms for the process as outlined above (click to download each form):
For a full discussion of the student application process, go to the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program web site at www.state.nj.us/education/choice and click on Student Application Process. Also see N.J.A.C. 6A:12-4.3 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
* In the event that the district of residence fails to provide timely notification to the student's parent or legal guardian stating whether or not the student may participate in the school choice program, the parent or legal guardian of the student may submit the application directly to the choice district without the district of residence notification. If you did not receive a notification from your district of residence, make a note on the application that no notification was received.
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.