Research your options
Gather information and evaluate
With over 130 different schools and programs to choose from, you'll need to spend a little time learning about what they have to offer so you can choose the one that's the best fit for your child now that you know what he or she needs.
First become familiar with the school in your neighborhood. Our neighborhood schools offer a top quality and well-rounded education so take the time to locate the school and schedule a visit to learn what they have to offer your child.
Locate your neighborhood school
If you live within the neighborhood school's boundary, you don't need to go through a lottery or zone exemption process. Just enroll or register your child with the school. If you want your child to attend a different neighborhood school, please see the zone exemption information below.
Other educational opportunities
If you feel that a school other than your neighborhood school would be a better fit for your child, there are a lot of different options for you to explore. ASD has an open enrollment policy for students who attend a school outside their regular attendance areas. A lottery system is used to provide an equal opportunity for students who request participation in an alternative school or program so make sure you understand the lottery and application process for the school you choose.
We encourage you to make phone calls, schedule visits, talk with other parents and look through reports to help you understand what each school has to offer so you can narrow your search to just those that meet your needs. The links below should help you get started on your research:
About our schools
A good place to start is with the schools section of our website. It has lists of schools, descriptions and maps broken down by major categories. Each school also has it's own information page that provides an overview of the school, links to performance assessments, contact information and links to the online lottery system.
When the number of applications exceed the number of available openings at a school, the lottery system is used to provide an equal opportunity to all students. Approval or denial is based on space availability per grade level. Lotteries are held twice a year.
If you want your child to attend a neighborhood school outside your boundary area, a zone exemption application must be completed. If space is available and the student meets the requirements of the school, a seat will be offered. If there is no space available, all applicants will go through the lottery process.