Some districts allow you to attend a different school than you are zone for by applying for a transfer. The school needs to have available room. To find out the requirements for your specific school district, you'll have to contact them directly. If you have any trouble located your district information, let us know and we'll be happy to help you find the district website or phone number.
Despite what they want you to believe, school superintendents do have the ability to change your child's school - despite the zoning. In my experience, if you want to enroll your child in a school outside your 'zone', you'll have to go to the superintendent. Some districts do have 'open enrollment'. Some states do have 'school choice'. But unless your district allows open enrollment or your state has school choice, only the superintendent can make the switch possible. Of course, if you're connected politically... - school board members can approach the superintendant for you. If you're connected with any district employee, they too can go to the superintendent on your behalf. You don't say why you'd prefer a different school but sometimes you can make a case with the district's school psychologist or with a guidance counselor and they'll approach the superintendent for you. I had my own son moved from our 'zoned' school to a different school in the district but it took some doing and a long list of reasons until we hit on a reason the superintendent would accept. Good luck with this. I hope you'll let us know what happens.19473
You may even be able to get into a different district altogether. We did. Under our state's new open-enrollment policies, we've enrolled our daughter in a school across the city - the best school in town in the best district in town. Had we been forced to go to the school in our district, my daughter would be getting a terrible education, or she'd be bussed out to where they needed one more white girl and probably not get a good education there either. Our state is 49th in education - meaning we're next to the bottom of the barrel.
Here are some reasons why you might be able to get out of your district (no matter what race you are) to go to a better school or a better district. Firstly, check into whether open-enrollment is an option for you, or if it might be called something else where you live. If you have no existing recourse through the system, you might do well to fight the system. Here's why:
When civil rights became an issue on the forefront of the public's eye, they desegregated schools. But now, that desegregation is sometimes actually backfiring and has been shown to be racist in courtrooms where desegregation has been overturned.
You might find this article interesting: http://www.edweek.org/rc/issues/desegregation/
Do more research on the issue for more information.
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