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Front Page - Friday, November 10, 2023

HCS announces updates to school choice for 2024-25 school year

For the 2024-25 school year, Hamilton County is offering choice seats at 70-plus school options to students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade across Hamilton County.

Choices include Workforce Development and College Schools, Future Ready Institutes, Magnet Schools, Charter Schools and Open Enrollment Schools.

Increasing the number of choice schools and programs provides students with a diverse range of options outside of their neighborhood zoned school.

Every student in Hamilton County is given the opportunity by design in alignment with our commitment that every student belongs. Choose Hamilton: School Choice helps Hamilton County Students navigate and expand their options, ensuring students have the opportunity to attend a school that aligns with their unique interests and skill sets.

Choose Hamilton: Choice Lottery applications will be open from Nov. 13 until Jan. 31, 2024. The application and admissions timeline is uniform for all choice options to make the process easy for families. Schools with more applicants than space available will participate in a lottery to select students for available seats.

 Families are asked to complete a single application for all choice options, which is available in both English and Spanish. Applicants may apply to up to five schools or programs in the application and are not required to apply for more than one choice option.

This year the choices will be ranked by preference 1-5, with 1 being their top choice and 5 being their last. If you are already in a Choice School, you do not need to apply again unless you are making the jump from an elementary to a middle school or a middle school to a high school (K-12 & 6-12 buildings excluded).

Applications to Battle Academy (Kindergarten), CSAS (Kindergarten), CSLA (Kindergarten), Normal Park (Kindergarten and sixth grade), and STEM School (Ninth grade) will use a balanced lottery model based on the applicant’s school board district.

These schools will fill available seats based on the projected student percentage per school board district in Hamilton County. For these schools, your lottery results will reflect a seated or waitlist number for your school board list; you will be seated in the first available seat for your school board district.

Source: Hamilton County Schools