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M. Ann Levett, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Savannah-Chatham Co.
Public School System

208 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 395-5600


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(Admin. Offices)

2 Laura Avenue
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Choice Program website?  choice.sccpss.com, to access the application, visit choice.sccpss.com, click Application. The application for school year 2019-2020 will be available January 5, 2019.

What is the Choice Program application window?  January 5, 2019 - January 27, 2019

When is the Student Success Expo @ Savannah Mall?  January 5, we will have a computer lab set up at the Expo to assist with Choice Program applications.  Please plan to join us at the 10th Annual Student Success Expo.

Where can I learn more about the new 3DE Program by Junior Achievement? There is no academic criteria to apply for the new 3DE by Junior Achievement program at Savannah High School. Students must be promoted to 9th grade. 3DE is only accepting 9th grade applications.  Visit:  https://sites.google.com/sccpss.com/3de-savannahhigh/home

What do parents need to do if they want to change their choice program selections/choice program order of schools on an existing application?  Please email amy.perry@sccpss.com if you wish to change your Choice Program school selections. 

What do parents need to do if they need to make a change to name, email, birthday, etc, on a previously submitted application?  Email Amy Perry, amy.perry@sccpss.com with requested change, she will email a confirmation once changes have been made. The email MUST include the child’s name and birthday for verification.

Additional Questions:  The best way for parents to communicate specific questions about their Choice Program application is through email.  Email amy.perry@sccpss.com, parents should be advised to include student name and birthdate when asking specific questions.

Choice Program Timeline: 

Application Window Opens

January 5, 2019

Application Window Closes

January 27, 2019

Appeal Process Begins

January 28, 2019

Savannah Arts Academy Auditions 

February 23, 2019

Garrison School for the Arts Auditions

February 9, 2019
February 16, 2019

Appeal Process Ends

March 1, 2019

Lottery

March 8, 2019 

Parents Notified of Choice Results

March 13, 2019 

Choice Program Registration Opens

March 25, 2019

Registration Closes

April 12, 2019

Waitlist Notifications Begin

April 17, 2019

Do current students (enrolled in an SCCPSS school) need to bring in additional documentation during the Choice Program application process?  If your child has been enrolled in an SCCPSS school for more than one year, you do not need to submit any additional documentation at this time. 

Note:  Children in 3rd through 11th grades who have not been enrolled in SCCPSS for three full semesters (a full year and a half), may be asked to provide additional documentation. 

What documentation is required for Non-SCCPSS students?  All Non-SCCPSS students (this includes private school, home school, virtual school or Out of County Students) must submit additional documentation to be considered for the lottery.  All applicants who are not currently enrolled in a Savannah-Chatham County Public School must submit required documentation to the SCCPSS Office of College & Career Readiness, 402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408.  ALL documentation should be received (through drop-off or US Mail) within five business days of online application completion. The Office of College & Career Readiness will receive documentation Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm.  For driving directions, please visit choice.sccpss.com, click Additional Information.

Required documentation for Non-SCCPSS students includes: 

  • Choice Program Application confirmation email (please print confirmation email)
  • Report Card (previous three full semesters, equivalent to a full year and a half)
  • Proof of Address (Appropriate items include: lease or rental agreement, mortgage statement, home purchase agreement, utility bill (electric/lights, gas or water), governmental agency mail (county, state, or federal) Note: cable or phone bills will not be accepted. 
  • Required Test Scores (nationally normed standardized test results that measure mathematics and literacy)  

Applicants who are applying for Kindergarten (that are not at a SCCPSS school Pre-K location) and applicants who are applying to First Grade (that are not in an SCCPSS school) are required to provide Proof of Address, only.  No report cards or test scores are necessary.  

When will the PreK application be available?  PreK applications will be available February 20-March 7.  Please visit pk.sccpss.com for more information. 

What is the cut date for Kindergarten?  A child must turn 5 years old prior to September 1 to apply for kindergarten.

Questions about twins, triplets, (multiple births) etc? Email Amy Perry (amy.perry@sccpss.com).  Also see the information below. 

How much is out-of-county tuition?  $520 per month (this could change slightly before next year)

What is the Choice Program GPA?  Choice GPA is defined as the end of quarter grades for the past three full semesters of core academic and foreign language courses (ELA/Reading/Math/Science/SS/Foreign Language). 

How do I get to OCCR? The Office of College & Career Readiness is located at the Woodville Tompkins Lower Campus402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408.  Directions coming from downtown area:  West Bay Street will turn into US Highway 80 W, continue past Well Fargo, Arby’s and then Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant, at the next red light after Carey Hilliard’s, turn left on Alfred Street then turn left on Market Street.  Our street is across from Roger Woods Foods, Inc.  If you get to Chatham Parkway from Highway 80, you have gone too far. 

 

Questions about SAA and Garrison auditions?  Students who meet the criteria for Garrison and Savannah Arts will be contacted about audition times.  Parents should call the schools directly with specific questions about the audition process.  Before calling the school, parents should look at the Garrison and Savannah Arts admissions websites.

Can I turn in a printed application? Please call the Choice Program office at 912-395-6765 for more information and assistance on completing Choice Program applications.

If I am enrolled in a choice program and plan to return to the same program at the same school do I need to reapply each year? No, enrollment remains through the highest grade offered for that program at the same school.
*Exception:  All 5th grade students at Garrison School for the Arts must apply, meet criteria and audition to be considered for 6th grade.

If I already attend a school that has a Choice Program but I am not enrolled in the choice program, do I have to apply for the choice program they offer? Yes and the child must meet the established criteria for that choice program.

What programs require an audition or artistic review? Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts, grades 6-8 and Savannah Arts Academy will require an audition and/or artistic review process.

If I want to enroll in the Microsoft IT Academy at my high school, do I need to apply at student registration? No, this program is integrated into the Business Education program at each school.

What happens if there are more applicants than space available for a non-audition program? Those students who meet the Choice Program criteria but are not selected through the Choice Program lottery, will be placed on the waitlist.

How long after the lottery will parents be notified of their child’s status?  What happens after the lottery? Parents will be notified through email of Choice Program lottery results on March 13, 2019. 

Is there an appeal process?  Yes.  Parents who believe their child was not allowed an equitable opportunity to a Choice Program during the audition or eligibility process as a result of a technical problem or inequity may request an appeal by 5:00 p.m. on the last business day in February.  An application for an appeal of Choice Program eligibility must be submitted to the Office of College and Career Readiness, 402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408 or email amy.perry@sccpss.com or angie.lewis@sccpss.com, indicating the child’s program request, or program ineligibility. Appeals will be reviewed January 28, 2019 - March 1, 2019.

Is transportation provided for Choice programs?  TRANSPORTATION:  Students may participate in the transportation plan as provided by the District.  Choice Program transportation availability is subject to change based on available resources. 

Where is the Office of College & Career Readiness?  402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408

Will the applications for Choice Programs be available on paper?
In addition to being online,
paper applications will be available only at school sites where a Choice Program is offered.   The Office of College & Career Readiness can provide assistance to accessing the online application, if needed, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on a first come, first served basis (402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408).  Please call 912-395-6765 to set up an appointment.  Completing applications online is strongly encouraged!

How many sites can I apply to for my child? Only one (1) application per child may be submitted containing up to three choice selections.

Which schools have Choice Programs?  Click here for a list of schools. 

Can an application be disqualified from the process?  Yes. Submission of more than one application on the same child may result in disqualification.

What if I select three Choice Programs and I receive notification that I am only eligible for two choice selections?  If a student does not meet the criteria for their first choice, the second choice will be treated as the first choice, and the third choice will be treated as the second choice. Likewise, if the student is ineligible for the second choice, the third choice will be treated as the second choice. In other words, each subsequent choice after an ineligible choice will be bumped up so each student always has at least a first choice program for the lottery.

Can I apply for a Choice Program if I do not live in Chatham County?   You may apply; however, your child will not be seated until all Chatham County students have been seated. You will also be required to pay tuition and must reapply through the lottery each year.

Can I apply to any IB Program if I meet all requirements?  Student  assignment for the IB Programme will be determined by the Elementary Attendance Zone of any applicant.  Click here for more information.      

Does my current PreK student need to apply for the Choice School even if he/she currently attends the school? Yes, all current Pre-K students must apply for the Choice Program. 

I would like my child to attend Pre-K in the fall.  Should I complete a Choice School application?  No, please visit our Pre-K site for information on the Pre-K Lottery pk.sccps.com

What happens if I miss the application window or I move into Savannah after the application window closes?    Families interested in a Choice Program that wish to apply after the lottery process is complete, can access an “After Lottery Application” online at choice.sccpss.com.  Late applications will place students on the schools’ waitlist in the order received upon eligibility criteria verification.  Out of County applicants and those students NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED (this includes out of county, home school, virtual school, and private school students) in Savannah-Chatham County Public School System must submit ALL required documents to the SCCPSS Office of College and Career Readiness, 402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408.  ALL documentation should be received (through drop-off or US Mail) within five business days of online application completion.  If space in the school or program becomes available, parents will receive notification.  Otherwise, the student is expected to enroll at their neighborhood school.  After Lottery Applications will be available beginning March 15, 2019.  The deadline for receiving After Lottery Applications will be June 14, 2019.  *Note:  These dates may change. 

Multiple Births

What do I do if I have twins, triplets, etc?  

Multiple births are defined as the birth of two or more offspring produced in the same gestation period-twins, triplets etc

Multiple births that use the same application form will be treated identically when determining eligibility. In other words, if one of the multiple births is not eligible, the other will not be eligible if they are on the same application.

  • Parents should include all names online (and on the same paper application) only if they desire all children to attend the same program.
  • Multiple births that use the same application form will be treated identically when determining eligibility.
  • Multiple births who applied on the same application will be treated together and will be seated or waitlisted sequentially. However, in the case where parents selected more than one Choice Program choice and the first student gets the final seat at a school the second or third sibling could end up on multiple waitlists, or seated at a different school than the first sibling.

      Choice Program Lottery

How will I be notified?
An email will be sent to parents with their child’s placement. In addition, official written notices of acceptance or Waitlist status will be mailed.

Who will be running the lottery?
The district has contracted with a third party vendor to handle the lottery.

What if I do not have a computer, can I still use the online system to apply?
Applications will be accessible on our website at choice.sccpss.com starting January 5, 2019. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online.  Computers will be available at the SCCPSS Student Success Expo, which will be held at the Savannah Mall from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., January 5, 2019.  Assistance will be available at the Expo to help with the application process.    The Office of College & Career Readiness can provide assistance to accessing the online application, if needed, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on a first come, first served basis (402 Market Street, Savannah, GA 31408).  Please call 912-395-6765 to set up an appointment.  Public computers are also available at any of the Chatham County Public Libraries. 

What priorities preferences are given to students who participate in the lottery? Please click here to read more about priority preferences.  Understand Priority Preferences