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Champaign Unit 4 Schools

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Thank you for choosing Champaign Schools!

Schools of Choice is the process Champaign Schools uses to assign incoming kindergarten through eighth grade students to elementary and middle schools. The initial kindergarten registration period runs each year from January-March with registration for families new to the area throughout the year for all grade levels. If you missed the March kindergarten deadline, are new to Champaign, or have questions about our school assignment process, please contact the Family Information Center at (217) 351-3701 with any questions.

Learn what you need to know to make the right choice for your child. Review. Rank. Request.

We’ve made some minor changes to this year’s policy. Read more about the policy changes here.

Click Here to check your proximity.

Click Here to view our new Welcome to Kindergarten booklet.

Review - Before You Start

The Champaign Unit 4 Schools of Choice (SCC) plan gives parents of all students the opportunity to apply for admission to a variety of elementary and middle schools. The District recognizes that choosing a school is an important decision, and there are many factors to consider. Please review the Choice info sheets found here and in the documents menu on the right for more information.

Choice:

  • Eliminates the need to continually redraw boundaries due to changes in housing patterns
  • Offers parents and students stability in their school assignment
  • Promotes school improvement in all schools
  • Reduces the need for involuntary busing
  • Promotes diversity in all schools
  • Allows the district to optimize class size at each building

How to participate

Research the school that's best for you and your child. Consider the proximity and the waiting list when researching.

During the registration period, parents need to download the application form and drop it off at Family Information Center.

  • Parents of incoming kindergarten students will need to select five school choices. Parents are encouraged to rank all 11 elementary schools to reduce their chances of becoming unassigned in the event they don't receive one of their top choices. Last year, 85% of families received their first choice and 94.2% received one of their top five choices.
  • Parents of students who wish to request a transfer will follow the same steps during the transfer period.

After you register, you'll need to wait a bit to see how the assignment process plays out. While we'd love to guarantee your applied for school is the one your child will attend, we cannot.

Participating schools:

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Learn more about the magnet schools at unit4magnets.org (opens in new window)

School Feeder Patterns

Elementary School students promote to the following Middle Schools.

Champaign Feeder Schools

Things to consider

Rank - Things to Consider

Before you register, here are some things you want to keep in mind. If you have any questions about these, or need assistance, feel free to contact us.

All applications received during the application period, regardless of date, will be processed equally.

The likelihood your child will be assigned to your school of choice is dependent on several factors. Those factors include:

Proximity Priority

Students who live close to a certain elementary school have "proximity" priority in the Schools of Choice process. Proximity does not apply to middle school registration.

Click Here to check your proximity.

Sibling Priority

Students who have a sibling attending a school are given a priority if that same school is chosen as a first preference. Priorities are considered within the guidelines of balancing socioeconomic status and seat capacity.

Transportation

Transportation will be provided for students living more than 1.5 miles from their school assignment. In addition, the District provides transportation for students living closer than 1.5 miles if IDOT confirmed hazardous walking conditions exist between home and school.

The Waiting List

Families who do not receive their first choice school will be placed on a waiting list for that school. The waiting list expires annually, so families must reapply during the transfer period.

Before you startAfter you register

Learn More:

Visit any of the elementary schools 9:00-9:30 a.m. and 1:15-1:45 p.m. or during designated campus hours.

Have a question?

Call, email or visit the Family Information Center:

1103 North Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 351-3701
(map it on Google)

Mon. - Fri. 9a- 4p
Thurs. open until 7p

Request - Download your form

Request your schools by downloading the PDF application form. Filling it out. And, taking your form to the Family Information Center (FIC).

What Happens After You Register

Parents of students will be notified by mail of their school assignment. Families who choose to request a voluntary transfer for their student(s) and parents of incoming kindergarten students must submit an application and list at least 5 choices in rank order (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) from among the district's 11 elementary schools or rank their preference among the 3 middle schools.

The Waiting List

Families who do not receive their first choice school will be placed on a waiting list for that school. The waiting list expires annually, so families must reapply during the transfer period.

Things to considerImportant dates

Learn More:

Visit any of the elementary schools 9:00-9:30 a.m. and 1:15-1:45 p.m. or during designated campus hours.

Have a question?

Call, email or visit the Family Information Center:

1103 North Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 351-3701
(map it on Google)

Mon. - Fri. 9a- 4p
Thurs. open until 7p

Important Dates to Remember

Kindergarten & Magnet School Registration

*Children must be 5 on or before September 1, 2014*

Kindergarten and Magnet school registration will take place January 2 through March 31, 2014 at the Family Information Center.

More information about our Magnet Schools (Booker T. Washington, Garden Hills and Stratton) can be found at the Unit 4 Magnets website.

6th Grade Registration

Stratton & Washington 5th Grade Students

*5th graders attending their cluster school do not need to register at FIC.*

April 7-11, 2014

Elementary & Middle School Transfer Request

For 1st - 8th Grade

May 1-30, 2014

Community Forum Meetings

Monday, March 3, 2014 at 6 PM
Stratton Elementary School
902 N. Randolph Street
Champaign, IL

Parking is available on the north side of the building
(map it on Google)

In place of a second Schools of Choice Community Forum, the District will also hold a series of informal “Choice Chats” at the Family Information Center (1103 N. Neil Street in Champaign) that will allow parents to drop by and speak with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Susan Zola about the process and receive further information.

Choice Chats

Choice Chats will be held at the following dates and times:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – 8-9 a.m. & 12-1 p.m.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 – 5-6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – 8-9 a.m. & 12-1 p.m.

If parents are interested in school tours but are unable to attend the scheduled dates, they are welcome to call 351-3701 and leave their name and phone number. Our Choice Liaison would be happy to work with your family to schedule additional school tours and answer questions.

Elementary School Tours

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 and Thursday, February 27, 2014.

All elementary schools will offer tours at 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. on these three days.

Elementary Schools Evening Open House

Evening Open House/School Tours are on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 6:00 p.m-8:00 p.m., at any of the twelve elementary schools.

Families unable to attend a scheduled Open House should visit the Family Information Center for assistance with the Schools of Choice process.

Middle School Open Houses

Jefferson
Monday, April 7, 2014

Franklin
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Edison
Thursday, April 10, 2014

All Middle School open houses are scheduled from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

After you registerRequirements

Related Information:

Visit any of the elementary schools between 9:00-9:30 a.m. and 1:15-1:45 p.m. or during designated campus hours.

Contact specific campuses for more information or the Family Information Center at (217) 351-3701.

Download the form

Family Information Center:

1103 North Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 351-3701
(map it on Google)

Mon. - Fri. 9a- 4p
Thurs. open until 7p
Or by appointment

Requirements for Registration

When you visit the Family Information Center (FIC) to complete your registration form, you'll need to bring the following items with you:

  • Proof of residency. Acceptable items are a current drivers license or state ID, a lease, mortgage agreement or contract to build with all signatures, or a voters registration card.
  • Provide the certified birth certificate. If not provided at registration, please provide it at school enrollment.
  • Physical/Immunization records (Pre-K, K, 6th, 9th grades and any student transferring to Illinois from out of state)
  • Kindergarten students and students coming new from out-of-state must receive a vision examination by October 15th, 2014
  • Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades students must receive a dental examination by May 15th, 2014.

Important datesCheck your proximity

Family Information Center:

1103 North Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 351-3701
(map it on Google)

Mon. - Fri. 9a- 4p
Thurs. open until 7p
Or by appointment

Proximity

Check your proximity online.

Your “Proximity Priority School” is any school that is within 1.5 miles of your home or, if you do not live within 1.5 miles of any school, it is the school that is closest to your home as determined by the District’s transportation system (Edulog). This system bases mileage on the shortest driving distance from the door of your residence to the door of the school.

If you have a newer address that is not listed in the system please call the Family Information Center at: 351-3701.

Hint: Try entering your address without periods or commas
(Example: 1234 COUNTY RD 100 E)



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Need Help or Have a Question?

Fill out the form below or give us a call. We're happy to help you any way we can. If you prefer, you can call (217) 351-3701 between 9a and 4p, Monday - Friday or until 7p on Thursdays.

Check your proximity

Family Information Center:

1103 North Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 351-3701
(map it on Google)

Mon. - Fri. 9a- 4p
Thurs. open until 7p
Or by appointment

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