Thousands Apply for High School Choice

Nearly 98 percent of eighth graders have submitted applications on time for their preferred high schools. 

Of a total 5,985 eighth graders, 97.84 percent, or 5,856 students, submitted applications on time.  School district staff made a concerted effort to inform students and parents about the school choice process, and the nearly 100 percent participaton rate validates those efforts.   In fact, 14 schools earned a perfect 100 percent on-time participation rate, including Bancroft, Cubberley, Franklin, Gompers, Hamilton, Hill, Hudson, Intellectual Virtues, Keller, Lindbergh, Lindsey, Powell, Robinson and Tincher schools.

At most high schools, the Long Beach Unified School District gives priority to neighborhood children when it comes to attending their local school, but it also offers a thriving school choice program that allows students to choose schools outside their attendance area.  This system has earned high marks from parents, including the Long Beach Council PTA, which represents nearly 19,000 members.

Earlier this school year, thousands of students and parents participated in high school choice fairs, including a districtwide event at Cabrillo High School, and several regional events at local middle schools.  High schools also offered information events and “shadow days” pairing eighth graders with high school students for a day.

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