Schools of Choice Options
2017-18 School Year
Out of District Limited Schools of Choice
The Livonia Public Schools Board of Education has approved a plan for a Limited Schools of Choice program for the 2017-18 school year.
The district will accept Section 105/105c Schools of Choice applications from residents of Wayne County, and contiguous Intermediate School Districts (Macomb, Monroe, Oakland and Washtenaw) for the 2017-18 school year.
This option is being offered as a revenue enhancement in order to support the district’s existing high quality programs. Feedback from a series of community forums, in which approximately 300 citizens offered input on budget priorities, indicates limited schools of choice as favorable option in order to preserve programs.
For the 2017-18 school year, there will be a total of 125 seats available, broken down as the following:
30 seats in kindergarten
10 seats in each of grades 1-3
5 seats in grade 4
15 seats in each of grades 5-8
Important note: Not all schools will have availability for Schools of Choice students.
Applications will be accepted February 21, 2017 through March 22, 2017. All applications must be received by the Livonia Public Schools Personnel Office, 15125 Farmington Rd., Livonia, by 4 p.m., March 22, 2017.
If more students apply, than seats are available, the district will hold a random drawing to choose applicants.
Timeline for Limited Schools of Choice Program:
For 2017-18 School Year
February 21, 2017 -- Application and guidelines to be posted on LPS website. Application window begins.
March 22, 2017 -- Applications due to Employment Services Office by 4:00 p.m.
March 27, 2017 -- Lottery, if necessary
April 17, 2017 -- Families notified if chosen
August 10, 2017 -- School placements sent to families
Click on the following documents in order to download and print them. Copies are also available in the Personnel Office.
LIMITED SCHOOLS OF CHOICE APPLICATION 2017-18
LIMITED SCHOOLS OF CHOICE PROGRAM GUIDELINES 2017-18
Frequently Asked Questions – Limited Schools of Choice
Is the Livonia Public Schools School District an open enrollment district?
No. Livonia Public Schools participates in “limited school of choice.” This means only those students participating in Section 105c Schools of Choice program for the upcoming school year may participate in the school of choice program.
Who is eligible for Schools of Choice under 105c?
Students who live outside of the Livonia Public Schools boundaries. This includes Wayne County and contiguous Intermediate School Districts (Macomb, Monroe, Oakland and Washtenaw).
How are Schools of Choice students selected?
If the number of applicants exceeds the number of open seats per grade level, the district will use a random draw system to select the applicants.
Can I choose which school I want my child to attend?
Our Schools of Choice openings are based on space availability at each school. It’s important to note, not all schools will have availability in all grades for Schools of Choice students. You are welcome to list your 1st, 2nd and 3rd preference for building placement on the application. We will try our best to accommodate those requests, but we will not guarantee your child will be placed in the school you request. You may also select “No Preference” on the application form.
Will transportation be provided?
No. Parents are expected to provide transportation. Additionally, students are expected to be dropped off and picked up on time every day. For information on before- and after-school childcare, please inquire at the school office.
Do I need a separate application for each of my children?
Yes. A Schools of Choice application must be completed for each child.
If my child is admitted, do we have to re-apply every year?
No. Once your child is enrolled under Schools of Choice, your child is welcome to remain an LPS student through graduation.
Can I FAX or email my child’s application?
No. Due to the volume of applications, and the fact that we date stamp every application, we cannot accept applications by FAX or email. A hard copy of every application must be delivered to Livonia Public Schools Administration Building, Personnel Office, 15125 Farmington Rd., Livonia, MI 48154. You may mail the application, however, we are not responsible for late or missing deliveries. Applications are due by 4 p.m., March 22, 2017.
Is acceptance or placement done on a first come, first served basis?
All applications must be received within the posted timeline for the application window, and all applications received at any time within that posted window will be given equal consideration. However, siblings of students currently enrolled in LPS via Schools of Choice will be given first priority.
What if my child has an IEP?
Pursuant to state law, in order to enroll and to continue to educate a 105c Schools of Choice student who is eligible for special education programs and services, the 105c Schools of Choice district must have a written agreement with the resident district on the responsibility for the payment of the added costs of special education. Without such an agreement, the district cannot enroll and/or cannot continue to educate a 105c student who is eligible for special education programs and services.
Thank you for your interest in Livonia Public Schools!
If you have questions beyond what is provided here, please call (734) 744-2501
Intra-District Student Transfers (District Residents)
Livonia Public Schools offers parents the option to request a transfer from their home school to another school within the district.
If this option is of interest to you, and you are a current LPS district resident, please click, download and print application and program guidelines:
Intra-District Transfer Program Guidelines
Intra-District Transfer Request Form
**Dates below may be subject to modification based upon the finalized calendar for the 2017-18 school year.
April 21, 2017 -- All student transfer applications received by 4:00 p.m. April 21, 2017 will be acted upon. Approvals/denials sent to families.
April 24, 2017 -- Beginning this date, all student transfer applications will be placed on wait list, in the order they are received, and will be reviewed later in the summer on a space-available basis.
July 28, 2017 -- Grades 9-12 placements approved on space-available basis. Placements sent to families.
August 25, 2017 -- Grades K-8 placements approved on space-available basis. Placements sent to families.
**NOTE: Transfer applications accepted after 4:00 p.m. July 28, 2017 (grades 9-12) and 4:00 p.m. August 25, 2017 (grades K-8) cannot be guaranteed approval for the 2017-18 school year.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Re: Intra-District Transfers)
May I request a transfer for my child to attend a different school within the district?
Yes. Intra-District student transfer requests are for residents of Livonia Public Schools only. Proof of residency is required.
When is the application period?
The application period for Intra-District student transfers occurs according to the timeline listed above.
How do I apply?
Request forms are available at the Board of Education in the Employment Services office, 15125 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48154, and a link is posted in the above information on this webpage. Requests must be completed and received by the Employment Services office according to the timeline above.
Is acceptance or placement done on a first come, first served basis?
All intra-district transfer requests are received and responded to based on the posted timeline. Once a wait list begins, students will be placed on a space-available basis in the order the requests were received.
Will my child receive transportation from the District?
No. Transportation is not provided to intra-district student transfers.
Will my child’s path through all subsequent levels remain in place?
Intra-district student transfer students will be returned to his/her home school attendance area for the next building/level change (for example, moving from a K-4 school to a 5-6 upper elementary). A new application to transfer must be submitted for each subsequent building/level change.
What if my child wants to go back to their home school?
It is desirable that a student who transfers from their home attendance school remain at the selected school for that educational level (lower elementary, upper elementary, middle, or high school). However, upon request, a transferred student will be allowed to return to their home attendance school at the beginning of the next school year. Once returned to the home school, a student is ineligible to apply for a student transfer at that level again.