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First round of student assignment complete

March 20, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

This year, more than 16,200 students participated in the district's student assignment lottery.

Preliminary data show that 78 percent of families received their first choice school for the 2013-14 school year. In addition, 95 percent received one of their top three choices.

If you disaggregate the data further, you will see that of the students entering kindergarten, sixth- or ninth-grade - those mandated to participate in Batch 1 - 82 percent received their first choice.

Those percentages will continue to rise as we draw closer to the start of the 2013/14 school year.

"Over the next several months, we will process the eligibility pools as vacancies occur, which will move many students into their first choice schools," said Leila Muvdi, director of student assignment. "By the 15th day, the percentage of families who receive their first-choice school well exceeds 90 percent."

One phenomenon that occurs is that after the 15th day, many families who did not receive their first choice school, but are then offered their first choice, decide to remain in the school where their child started the school year.

"We find that the vast majority of families, once their child starts at a school, are happy with the placement and choose to remain, even when we offer them their first choice school," Muvdi said. "That shows that we have excellent schools across all three attendance zones."

This year, more than 4,000 families chose the "online option" when participating in the Batch 1 process. This option continues to grow in popularity because of ease of use and the ability to do it when it is convenient for the family - no need to visit a Student Assignment Office.

The district will begin mailing notices to families next week. It is vital families read the information sent to them they receive very carefully.

Any student who did not receive their first choice is automatically placed in the eligibility pool for their first choice school. There is no need for parents to call requesting placement in an eligibility pool - it is automatic.

Parents who have questions about assignments can contact the Student Assignment Office at (239) 337-8247.



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