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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 

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This information is intended to provide general guidance and information for families. 

*Note:  "Choice Schools/Programs" were formerly known as Specialty Schools/Programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Choice Program website?  choice.sccpss.com, it is also linked from the district homepage. To access the application, visit choice.sccpss.com, click Application.

What is the Choice Program application window?  January 6, 2018 - January 28, 2018

When is the Student Success Expo?  January 20 (new date), we WILL have a computer lab set up at the Expo to assist with Choice Program applications. 

What do parents need to do if they want to change their choice program selections/choice program order of schools on an existing application?  Completely re-apply, we will keep the most recent application and discard the previous one. Those who completely re-apply but put ALL of their choices on ONE application.  Previous applications will be deleted.

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 so that she can access the application prior to returning emails and phone calls.

Choice Program Timeline: 

Application Window Opens

January 6, 2018

Application Window Closes

January 28, 2018

Appeal Process Begins

January 28, 2018

Savannah Arts Academy Auditions  (Communications, Chorus, Dance, Orchestra, Piano, Theatre, Visual Arts)
Garrison School for the Arts Auditions (Dance only)

February 3, 2018

Garrison School for the Arts Auditions (all areas except Dance)

Savannah Arts Academy Auditions (Band only at Garrison)

February 10, 2018

Appeal Process Ends

February 23, 2018

Lottery

March 2, 2018

Parents Notified of Choice Results

March 6, 2018

Choice Program Registration Opens

March 12, 2018

Registration Closes

March 30, 2018

Waitlist Notifications Begin

April 4, 2018

Do current students 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)
  • Transcript/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) Please visit choice.sccpss.com for more information. 

Applicants who are applying for Kindergarten (that are not in an SCCPSS Pre-K program) 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?  Feb 20-March 6 @ pk.sccpss.com, for more information, visit pk.sccpss.com

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

Questions about Multiple Births, twins, triplets, etc? Email or call Amy Perry (amy.perry@sccpss.com).  Also see the information below. 

How much is out-of-county tuition?  $461.32 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). 

What SRI/MAP scores will be reviewed?  This year, we will review previous year SRI scores and this year’s MAP (Reading) score to determine eligibility.  Students who have met the minimum SRI or MAP score will be eligible for the lottery.  The highest SRI or MAP scores that the students have, we accepted for eligibility. 

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 if they have specific questions about their audition process.  Before calling the school, parents should look at their school websites. 

Can I turn in a printed application? Printed applications will be available.  Please call the Choice Program office at 912-395-6765 for more information.  All printed applications must be turned in at the Office of College & Career Readiness, 402 Market Street, Savannah 31408.

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.

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 6, 2018.  If no email address was provided, a letter will be mailed to the address provided on March 6, 2018.

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 - February 23.

Is transportation provided for Choice programs? Yes, however, routes/stops may be longer than the ride within your attendance zone. Please check our website for information on the district’s transportation program. 

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 19, 2018.  The deadline for receiving After Lottery Applications will be June 15, 2018.  *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 6, 2018. 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 20, 2018.  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, 8 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. 

Choice Program Priorities

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