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School of Choice

The SOC window closed on August 24. The next window will open in April 2021 for the 21/22 school year.

Kenowa Hills participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District Schools of Choice Plan and the Section 105c State plan. All students residing within the Kent Intermediate School District may apply for enrollment in any Kent ISD school that has available openings during the advertised time frame. Students who reside in a district that is within a different ISD that borders the Kent ISD, may also apply under the Section 105c plan depending on available openings. Students who have been suspended or expelled may be excluded. Applications have been made available below as of April 13.

Special Notice for the 2020-21 School Year

The Kent ISD School of Choice application may be submitted beginning April 13, 2020 for school districts accepting online applications. Due to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), which directs all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations until 11:59 p.m. on April 13, paper and in-person applications will not be accepted until the closure order is lifted. We recognize that this presents a challenge for those without internet access and school districts which only accept paper applications. As a result, the application closing window, originally scheduled for May 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., will be extended to August 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Please know that the application process is not on a first come, first served basis, so there is no advantage for those who are able to submit applications online when the window opens on April 13.

Tenga en cuenta que: Para aquellos distritos que aceptan solicitudes en línea, la Solicitud del Plan de la Escuela de Elección de Kent ISD se puede entregar a partir del 13 de abril de 2020. Sin embargo, debido al Decreto Ejecutivo "Quedarse en Casa, Permanecer Seguro" (DE 2020-21), que ordena que todos los negocios y operaciones de Michigan suspendan temporalmente las operaciones en persona hasta las 11:59 p.m. el 13 de abril, las solicitudes en papel y en persona no serán aceptadas hasta que se levante el decreto de cierre. Reconocemos que esto presenta un desafío para aquellos sin acceso a internet y distritos escolares que solo aceptan solicitudes en papel. Como resultado, el último momento para aceptar las solicitudes, originalmente programada para el 15 de mayo de 2020 a las 4:00 p.m., se extenderá en consecuencia. No se ha determinado una fecha final para aceptar las solicitudes hasta que se conozca más información sobre el estado de la reapertura de las operaciones escolares. Tenga en cuenta que el proceso de solicitud no se realiza por orden de llegada, por lo que no hay ninguna ventaja para aquellos que pueden enviar solicitudes en línea cuando se empiece a aceptar solicitudes el 13 de abril. Vuelva a visitar este sitio web con respecto a la fecha final para presentar solicitudes.

Special Considerations for Parents & Students Considering Schools of Choice

  • Transportation is not provided for Schools of Choice students; parents must provide their own transportation.
  • The Michigan High School Athletic Association requires students in grades 10 - 12 to wait one semester after enrolling in a new district (under Schools of Choice) before they can participate in athletics.
  • Michigan law and the Kent Intermediate Superintendents' Association agree that siblings should be kept together in a single district whenever possible. As a result, siblings of current School of Choice students may receive preference in filling district openings.

2020-2021 Schools of Choice Timeline and Applications

CLOSED: Schools of Choice Application (for students who live in Kent County)

CLOSED: 105C Schools of Choice Application (for those students who live outside of Kent County)

Total number of Schools of Choice Openings: 200

Total number of Section 105c Openings: 20
A written agreement between the resident district and the Choice district must be in place regarding students who apply through the Schools of Choice 105c and receive special education services/programs as to the responsibility of payment for the added costs of required services/programs for the student.

Kent ISD Schools of Choice

For the Kent ISD Schools of Choice policies and regulations, please click here. Students residing in Kent County may apply for Schools of Choice through the Kent County Schools of Choice Plan starting April 13, 2020. The application closing window, is August 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


Kent Intermediate School District Schools of Choice Policies & Regulations

  • One application per student, per year may be submitted to one school district. You may indicate a second choice and third choice on your application. (If you apply to more than one district you may be disqualified for all districts that year.)
  • If more applications are received in a district than openings are available, there will be a random lottery drawing for all applications received prior to the deadline. If your application is not chosen by your first choice district, they will automatically forward your application to your second and/or third choice districts.
  • According to the Michigan High School Athletic Association students accepted into the Schools of Choice program who are in grades 10 – 12 will not be eligible to participate in sports for one semester – until the second half of the school year.
  • Accepted students must agree to comply with choice districts policies.
  • Transportation is NOT provided for Schools of Choice students. Parents must provide their own transportation to and from school for children accepted for enrollment through the Kent ISD Collaborative Schools of Choice Plan.
  • After you are accepted, you will be allowed continuous enrollment in that district until graduation or until you withdraw from that district at which time you may return to your resident district.
  • Waiting lists will be created at choice districts after the lottery/random draw and parents will be notified if spaces become available.
  • Siblings of students previously accepted under the Schools of Choice Program will be assigned to open spots before a random draw begins. Students who reside in the same household will be considered “siblings” for the purpose of Schools of Choice.
  • The only limit on movement between school districts for an applicant to the Kent ISD Collaborative Schools of Choice Plan is the space available in the desired district and/or the Choice student’s suspension or expulsion record.

Section 105c

Students residing in districts such as Montcalm, Newaygo, Ottawa (districts within ISDs which border the Kent Intermediate School District) may apply through Schools of Choice 105c Plan starting April 13, 2020. The application closing window, originally scheduled for May 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., will be extended to August 24 due to school closures and will be posted at a later date once determined.

Parent Notifications

Parents will be notified by letter if their child has been accepted for enrollment in Kenowa Hills through a Schools of Choice plan..

Returning Applications

With school buildings current closed, parents can return them via email, scan, fax or send a photo:
Mary Crawley
Central Registrar for Kenowa Hills Public Schools
2325 Four Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Email: SOC@khps.org
p 616.784.2511 ext 2226
text 616.419.8694
f 616.965.4353

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