Monday, January 28, 2008

School Transfer Application Time

I'm fielding so many questions about the choice and optional transfer processes that I thought I'd go ahead and post the basics here.

I'll start with the Optional Schools transfer process, because it actually started this morning.
Picking up a "reservation ticket" this week guarantees you a specific place in line to turn in your child's transfer application. The earlier you get your ticket, the closer you are to the front of the line. You can get a ticket anytime between this morning at 6:00 a.m. until January 28th from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can find more information about this process at the link above, and even more about the optional program and individual Optional schools here.

**Remember that the optional program at most schools does not start until first grade, so if you have a child entering kindergarten, what you need is a choice transfer (see below). The exceptions to this are Idlewild and Double Tree because these schools call themselves "all optional," which includes their kindergarten programs.

Parents may begin submitting optional school transfer applications at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, February 1 in the Memphis Board of Education auditorium at 2597 Avery. Please note that reservation tickets will be honored from 6:30 a.m. until noon that morning. All applicants, with or without tickets, are welcome to apply that day from 6:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Applications will be received on a first come, first serve basis. However, all applications will be processed according to reservation ticket number order first. Those applicants without a ticket will be processed in order of receipt after ticketed applications are processed in numerical order.

Parents must bring the following items when they apply:

  • Completed application form
  • A copy of the child’s most recent comprehensive report card
  • Current nationally-normed or TCAP achievement test scores (if applicable)
  • A copy of the child’s Social Security card
  • Birth certificate for KK applicants to Double Tree & Idlewild only

Parents are strongly encouraged to stop by the Optional Schools office in Room 106 by Thursday, January 31 to confirm that their paperwork is complete. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

First preference for available optional transfers will go to qualified Memphis City resident siblings with brothers or sisters who are in satisfactory standing in the requested school at the beginning of the 2008-09 school year. City residents will also be given priority for the available spaces.

School Choice Week Coming March 4 – 6

For those of you with children who will be entering kindergarten next year, or those who want to apply to a school outside of your zoning but not for an optional program, you will need a choice transfer. The process is being done a little differently this year according to the MCS News Release this week:

The School Choice Fair, traditionally a single weekend event, has been replaced by School Choice Week, which will feature an Open House event at each school during the week of March 4 – 6, 2008. It is expected that this change will allow parents to better experience the actual learning environments of schools while it increases convenience for parents and schools. In addition, the dates of the Open Houses will tie in more closely to the district’s “choice period,” Open Enrollment.

Early sign-up for Open Enrollment will take place on March 11, with applications being accepted on March 26.

Lastly, even though this is not a matter of transferring or turning in applications, I want to remind those of you who have four-year-olds who will eventually attend a Memphis City School, you can get your child tested for CLUE now. The advantage of doing this is that the preschool CLUE test involves spatial reasoning and problem solving ability rather than reading, and the "gifted" certification is good through second grade. So even if your child does not attend a CLUE preschool program (like the one Somerset attended at Downtown, which was wonderful), they will still benefit for their first three years of school by being automatically enrolled in these fun enrichment classes as soon as possible at your particular school.

If you would like to have your preschooler tested, contact Dr. Tommy yelvington (information below). He will probably not be very nice to you on the phone and will question why you want to have your child tested this early, but he can suck it. Just let him know that you know the drill and he can just schedule you. The person who actually tests your child will be very nice, I promise. I suggest calling rather than emailing for a quicker response.

Dr. Tommie Yelvington
Lead Teacher, CLUE Program
telephone: 901-416-0155

Once that's done, they may ask you to come to the closest elementary school to you, or you can go to their main office on Airways like we did, which is here:

Division of Exceptional Children
Memphis City Schools
Bond Building, 2930 Airways Blvd
Memphis, TN 38116-3844

Because CLUE receives funding through the Division of Exceptional Children (that's right, giftedness is classified as a disability for funding purposes), you will have to bring proof of a current vision and hearing screening with you. We had ours done by our pediatrician, but they also offer this service free at Colonial Middle School by appointment.


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Stephanie said...

Thanks for this!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for this!

Noodle said...

Tommie is actually a woman, and she's very nice. :)

I worked long ago, in seemingly another life.

Noodle said...

I worked with her.

Sheesh! I could also type and proofread in another life.

Anonymous said...

Good post.