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Roadmap to registering your child at a Buffalo public school for 2014-15

As noted in today's story, parents who are planning to enroll their child in a new Buffalo public school next year should begin that process now. Below are all the documents you need to register your child. The on-time deadline to register your child for next school year is Dec. 6.

While parents may mail or fax in their applications, we encourage all parents to hand-deliver their applications to the Central Registration Office at 33 Ash Street, where a student placement staffer can review your documentation for any errors and acknowledge receipt of your application.

Acting Student Placement Director Mark Frazier said more than a hundred changes have been made to the district's new paper application to make them more user friendly, and to incorporate some new questions the school board has asked for. Among the changes:

- The applications all now include detailed information about whether each Buffalo school is in "good standing" with the state or is a struggling "Focus" or "Priority" school. Admissions standards, for schools that have them, also clearly listed, unlike some other past paper applications.

- The new elementary applications ask parents to state, when selecting school choices, the level of importance they give (1-most important to 3-least important) to a school's distance from home, programs offered, or focus on a particular school. The data gathered from this question will presumably aid the school board in its deliberations about moving back to a neighborhood/community school model rather than the school choice model that exists now.

- The new high school applications require parents to certify that their primary residence is within the city limits of Buffalo.

This link will take you to the district's elementary school application, which you can download and print.

 This link will take you to the district's high school application.

For parents whose children are new to the district, additional documentation should accompany the application. Any information not provided with the initial application will be required prior to your child being enrolling in school.

And below is the district announcement informing all parents and guardians about who should submit an application and how and when to do it.


2014-15 BPS application information


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