Schools of Choice
There are many options for quality education within Kent ISD. Our School of Choice plan is designed to provide the best possible education for the vast majority of families who choose their home district, while accommodating those who would like to transfer to another school.
Deadlines for the 2023-2024 Choice Plan
- Applications accepted April 10 - May 12.
- Parents notified by May 26 if student accepted
- Parents confirm decision to attend by June 2
- Waiting list families notified about openings and confirm decision to attend June 2-June 23
- School of Choice slots not filled during the initial application period remain open through August 21, 2023.
How Schools of Choice Works
The Kent ISD School of Choice plan is a lottery-oriented system, not a first-come, first-served one. All applications are accepted from the opening date through the deadline date at 4 p.m. An application will be available once the enrollment window opens. Only one application may be submitted and families who submit more than one may be disqualified from the entire process.
There is no advantage to submitting an application early, since all applications are considered at the end of the application period. If a district has more applications than openings, a random drawing will take place the week of May 17. If a district has slots remaining after the deadline, they can accept students until August 21. Please review the Plan and Brochure to learn about the plan, rules, and considerations for families.
Many districts accept SOC applications online via their website. Access Area school websites for more specific district information on Schools of Choice.
School of Choice Spaces Available by District
Spaces may not be available for every grade.
Be sure to see the district website for full details.
Slots Available per district will be posted Mid-March
Byron Center -
Cedar Springs -
Comstock Park -
East Grand Rapids -
Forest Hills -
Godwin Heights -
Grand Rapids -
Kenowa Hills -
Kent City -
Thornapple Kellogg -
10 Considerations When Choosing a School
1. Does the school and the community match your expectations? Are buildings presentable? Are teachers and students friendly?
2. What special services does the school offer? Does it offer the special needs or gifted and talented programming your child might require? Do the extracurricular and athletic offerings match your child's interests?
3. Does the curriculum meet state and national standards? Does the curriculum help prepare children for the realities of the working world and the diverse people they will meet? Does the district offer special programming focused in areas of interest to your child?
4. How does the school integrate technology into the classroom? Is technology integrated into the curriculum? Does the school have a well-equipped media center?
5. How does the school communicate with families? Do the opportunities for parent involvement meet your needs and desires? Are parents involved in their children's education?
6. What is the student-teacher ratio? Will your child get the attention he or she needs to succeed? Are students actively engaged in their education? Is there a sufficient mix of teaching and self-guided instruction to engage your child?
7. Will school or self-provided transportation meet your child's needs? Will transportation capabilities allow your child to participate in the before- or after-school activities that meet his or her needs and interests?
8. Will there be consistency in the curriculum, the staff, and in your child's friends from year to year?
9. How does the school handle disciplinary matters? What is the parent's involvement in disciplinary matters?
10. What is the school doing to meet demands for improved student achievement? Are parents, teachers and administrators actively involved in efforts to ensure curriculum and technology are current and appropriate for student needs?
Special Considerations for Families
To learn about school districts for your child, review the district websites, visit the schools, meet district staff and review information on the Michigan Department of Education website. Also, consider the following:
- Transportation is not provided for Schools of Choice students; parents must provide their own transportation.
- Michigan law and the Kent Intermediate Superintendents’ Association agree that siblings should be kept together in a single district whenever possible. As a result, siblings of current Choice students may receive preference in filling district openings.
- The Michigan High School Athletic Association requires students in grades 10-12 to wait one semester after enrolling in a new district (under Schools of Choice) before they can participate in athletics. For more information, visit the FAQ’s on MHSAA’s website.