Preference Information

Sibling Preference

Sibling Preference is available for siblings wanting to attend a school where a sibling currently attends and will be enrolled during the next school year.

Sibling preference has the strongest preference and highest weight in the lottery during student open enrollment.

Proximity Preference 1 (P1)

This preference is available to students living under a two mile driving distance from a school within their zone.

Students with Proximity Preference 1 are considered to be walkers or car riders. Bus transportation is not provided to students who live within the two miles as per State Law and Board Policy.

Parents ranking a school with Proximity Preference 1 as their first choice have a stronger chance of being enrolled in that school than a student without Proximity Preference 1, thus allowing students to be assigned a school closest to home when applying during student open enrollment.

Proximity Preference 1 is the second highest weight in the lottery during student open enrollment.

Sibling Guarantee

Siblings with the same address, same guardianship, same application applying to the same school has the third highest weight in the lottery during student open enrollment.

Proximity Preference 2 (P2)

Proximity Preference 2 was developed to increase the number of students being assigned to a school within five miles of their home, thereby reducing transportation costs.

Proximity Preference 2 allows students living beyond the two miles preference to a school that is within approximately 2.1 miles to 5 miles of their home within their zone.

Parents ranking a school with Proximity Preference 2 as their first choice during open enrollment would have a greater chance of being assigned to that school than students living beyond the 5 miles.

Bus transportation would be provided to students with Proximity Preference 2.

Students may receive Proximity Preference 2 to more than one school based on their address and school locations near their residence.

Fourth highest weight in the lottery during student open enrollment.

Proximity Preference 2 only applies to elementary & middle school students.

Closest School (P3)

All students applying for grades Kindergarten through 8, that live beyond approximately 5 miles from a school, will be provided a Proximity preference 3 (P3) to the school closest to their permanent residence in their assignment zone.

This is equal weight to P2 in the lottery during student open enrollment.

Additional Information

  • If applying after the student open enrollment period, preferences will be beneficial IF seats are still available in the requested school. If the requested school is already full, the preference will be no benefit.
  • Parents have the right to rank their schools in any order they prefer regardless of any preference afforded to them via the Student Enrollment Plan. Parents are not required to rank a school with a preference as their first choice school.
  • Parents that have a sibling preference in addition to proximity preference are strongly encouraged to rank the school with sibling preference as their first choice, followed by any Proximity 1 or Proximity 2 preferences they may have.