Schools of Choice 105 & 105c
The Allegan Area Educational Services Agency Schools of Choice plan is intended to provide academic options to enhance learning for students, and foster a cooperative environment to benefit all districts.
AAESA districts are participating in the state mandated 105 and 105c Schools of Choice plans. The 105 section refers to districts within the AAESA (Allegan, Fennville, Glenn, Hopkins, Martin, Otsego, Plainwell and Wayland). The 105c section addresses students residing in a contiguous ISD/ESA outside the Allegan Area ESA (Barry ISD, Kalamazoo RESA, Kent ISD, Ottawa ISD and Van Buren ISD).
Each school district within the AAESA shall determine annually if it will accept non-resident students. The school districts shall publish the grades, schools, and special programs, if any, for which enrollment may be available to non-resident applicants. If a school district has a limited number of positions available for non-resident applicants, the district shall:
Provide notice to the general public of the number of openings available, and the manner and place for submitting applications.
Use a random draw "lottery" system conducted by the Allegan County Schools of Choice Committee.
Develop and maintain a waiting list based on the order in which non-resident applicants were drawn under this lottery. If positions become available after the lottery drawing, applicants shall be selected from this waiting list.
Contact and enroll all applicants no later than the end of the first week of school.
A school district may refuse enrollment to a non-resident Schools of Choice student that has been suspended within the past two (2) years, or has ever been expelled.
Previous year Schools of Choice students may remain in the non-resident district until graduation. A district does not need to retain a student who gets expelled.
Non-resident applicants residing in the same household shall receive preference over other applicants.
Schools of Choice students must meet the same criteria as resident students to be accepted for enrollment in a grade or specialized program.
All first year Schools of Choice parent(s)/guardian(s) and students must meet with a building administrator or counselor prior to the start of school to schedule classes and review building procedures.
The receiving school district is not required to provide transportation for a non-resident student, however, Otsego Public Schools will try to accommodate transportation needs. Parents may contact the school district's Transportation office, 692-6245, to locate the bus stop that is nearest to their home. In the event a special education student enrolls through Schools of Choice, the transportation will be determined by the student's individualized education plan (IEP).
Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) rules and regulations apply to all students participating in interscholastic athletics. Under the MHSAA transfer rule, unless residency is established, high school students who transfer by choice from one school to another are not eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics for one full semester. If further clarification regarding the MHSAA transfer rules is required, it is the responsibility of the parent and/or school district to contact the MHSAA for a ruling (517.332.5046)
No person shall be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap. Any person who believes they have been discriminated against should write immediately to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250