‘Tis the Season for Enrollment

by Dr. Rick Holliday
Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services

Enrollment season is in full swing in Student Support Services. The intent of the New Hanover County Board of Education is to offer limited school choice options for parents. Each year enrollment season kicks off with kindergarten registration which was held this year from February 27 – March 9, 2012. All of the dates pertinent to the enrollment season can be found on the New Hanover County Schools website on the parent tab. Click on enrollment information under highlights, 2012-2013 timeline, or use the following link: http://www.nhcs.net/districts/options.htm.
The previous link will also connect you to enrollment forms, school maps and the School Assignment Options for 2012-2013. The School Assignment Options for 2012-2013 provides a complete description of the enrollment options offered by New Hanover County Schools: open choice, magnet and year round.
As I write this blog, 1,669 new applications have been received for the various choice options offered by New Hanover County Schools. The volume of applications and the number of seats available indicate that not everyone will get their choice. However, under Dr. Markley’s leadership, we are working to make sure that all students in the New Hanover County Schools get a quality education no matter where they are assigned. The level of student success in school and parent involvement is proportional. I would encourage parents to get involved in their child’s education by working with the educators and other parents to help make all children successful.
While the grass may appear greener on the other side of the fence, often it is not. Sometimes in life we need to “let down our buckets where we are” to paraphrase the great educator, Dr. Booker T. Washington. While some choice options may appear to be a better fit for your children, you may discover that they can be successful and happy in any of our schools. If you have any questions about enrollment or student assignment, please e-mail me at rick.holliday@nhcs.net.

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