The Allegan Area Educational Service Agency (AAESA) Schools of Choice plan is intended to provide academic options to enhance learning for students and to foster a cooperative environment to benefit all districts.
AAESA districts are participating in the state mandated 105 and105c 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 contiguous ISD/ESA’s outside the AAESA (Barry ISD, Kalamazoo RESA, Kent ISD, Ottawa Area 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:
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. However, 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 to a non-resident student. 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. It is the responsibility of the parent and/or school district to contact MHSAA for a ruling (517.332.5046).
Schools of Choice applications are available through your local district’s central office or at the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency. Please check with your local district or the AAESA for deadline dates.
The non-resident school district will notify parents of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than the end of the first week of school. If the Schools of Choice application is accepted, parents shall notify non-resident and resident districts of their intent to enroll their child as a Schools of Choice student no later than the end of the first week of school.