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School Choice

Change in Assignment Lottery Process

Step 1: Returning Students - By Thursday, November 10, 2022, parents with a student(s) currently attending a school on Change in Assignment Choice will receive an email from Planning and Demographics and must respond to email if student is not returning.

Step 2: Choice Lottery Window - From November 14, 2022 through December 2, 2022, parents/guardians go to their first choice school to complete a choice form for up to three schools (this form is not available online). Parents receive a copy of the choice form with the number to later check the lottery results.  Order of receipt of form during lottery window does not affect selection. (Note: Parents of 5K students for 2023-24 should submit choice requests during the Choice Lottery Window, and not wait until kindergarten registration. This includes parents who already have a sibling at the school. Space is the determining factor whether a child is granted a slot.)

Step 3: Lottery Results Posted - No later than Wednesday, February 8, 2023, lottery results reflecting the numerical order of applicants will be posted on the GCS website. Results provide the order of applicants by grade for each school only and do not reflect assignment or approval. This list is static and does not reflect waitlist number(s) after initial choice allocations. Parents can access lottery numerical order results by using their choice form number. Later, available space by grade level will determine the choice assignments for each school. Requests submitted January 3, 3023 or later are not posted.

Order of Lottery Assignments (Based on space availability)

Step 4: Change in Assignment Choice Notification - By Friday, March 31, 2023 notification letters will be mailed to parents/guardians advising if the student received a slot at a requested school or if placed on the wait list. Wait list number will be provided.

Step 5: Waiting Lists Established - Students who are not assigned to a requested choice school will be placed on a waiting list for each requested school. If space becomes available at the requested school(s), students on the waiting list are assigned based on their established ranking from the waiting list. This process will continue through the first eight days of the 2023-24 school year.

Additional Information

Questions should be directed to Student Assignment Office at 355-7266 or 355-7263 or email

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