JFBB: School Choice

The achievement of success by Melrose students is of highest importance to the Committee. In order to support the financial infrastructure necessary to achieve this goal without sacrificing class sizes that could detract from this effort, the district will admit non-resident students under the terms and conditions of the Inter-district School Choice Law and under the following local conditions:

  1. By May 1st of every school year, the Superintendent will determine the number of spaces in each school available to choice students.
  2. By June 1st of every school year, if consideration is being given to withdraw from the provisions of the choice law, a public meeting will be held to review this decision.
  3. Resident students will be given priority placement in any classes or programs within the district.
  4. The selection of non-resident students for admission will be in the form of a random drawing when the number of requests exceeds the number of available spaces. There will be two drawings for this purpose. The first drawing will take place during the last week of the current school year but no later than July 1st. The second drawing will be conducted during the week immediately preceding the opening of the next school year and will be based on the possibility of unexpected additional openings.
  5. Any student who is accepted for admission under the provisions of this policy is entitled to remain in the district until graduation from high school unless there is a lack of funding for the program.
  6. The Committee affirms its position that it will not discriminate in the admission of any student on the bases of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, athletic performance, physical handicap, special need, academic performance, or proficiency in the English language.

MSC first vote: 10/22/13
MSC second vote: 11/13/13