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Freshman Choice for 2019-2020

November 16, 2018

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Guardians,
HSE Schools will offer high school selection to all current eighth graders for the 2019—2020 school year. By completing the 2019—2020 Freshman Choice Transfer Application, you may elect to have your student attend the high school other than the one currently serving your attendance boundary.
You do not need to complete an application if you want your student to remain at the high school that he or she is designated to attend next fall based on your current address.
Students will be assigned to a high school based on your current address and the current district boundaries—if you wish to change the high school destination, you must complete this application. 

Transportation will not be provided to families with students electing to attend a non-home school.
If you need assistance completing the form, are unable to access the online form, or have any other questions about this process, please contact Julie Hays at jhays@hse.k12.in.us
FOLLOW THIS LINK TO COMPLETE THE FORM: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5BNNFT7
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Please see below for frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. Older Siblings Already Attend Non-Home High School
Q: I already have children attending a non-home high school. Do I need to complete this form for my current 8th grader?
A: Yes, all 8th grade students must have a current transfer application submitted in order to attend a non-home high school.
  1. Younger Siblings
Q: If my current 8th grade student elects to attend a non-home high school, will my younger children be able to attend that school as well?
A: Younger siblings will not automatically be able to attend a non-home high school (there is no “grandfathering”). When the siblings are in 8th grade, if the Freshman Choice Transfer is not an option, then you may complete the general transfer appeal request.
  1. IB Program
Q: My student is interested in the IB program, do I need to complete the Freshman Choice Transfer Application?
A: A meeting with the IB Coordinator, the student, and the parent must take place by December 10, 2018 in order to discuss program requirements and verify student eligibility. If your student does not receive official approval for the IB program, please complete the Freshman Choice Transfer Application by December 14, 2018.
  1. Transportation
Q: There are currently buses in our neighborhood that take students to both Fishers HS and Hamilton Southeastern HS. Will my student be able to ride one of those buses if attending a non-home school in 2019-2020?
A: Bus transportation will not be provided to families with students electing to attend a non-home school.
  2. My Student Receives Special Services
Q: My student receives special services and/or accommodations. Will my student be able to transfer to a non-home high school?
A: Please complete the Freshman Choice Transfer Application and your student’s needs will be reviewed to ensure the transfer can be accommodated. Transportation to a non-home high school will not be provided unless explicitly approved by the Department of Exceptional Learners.
  1. This is not a “Lottery”
Q: Is it advantageous to complete multiple forms or to submit the Freshman Choice Transfer Application earlier than the December 14, 2018 deadline?
A: Only one application per student needs to be submitted and all applications received by the December 14, 2018 deadline will be given equal consideration.
  1. How Will I know if my Application Was Received and Approved?
Q: After I complete the online application, how will I know it has been received and approved?
A: The Freshman Transfer Application is powered by SurveyMonkey. When you answer the final question, a pop-up message will indicate your application has been submitted. Notification of approval will occur on or before December 20, 2018 via email from Julie Hays. If you do not receive notification by 6:00 pm on December 20, 2018, please contact Julie Hays via email at jhays@hse.k12.in.us.
  1. Return to Home School
Q: What if I change my mind l after submitting the Freshman Choice Transfer Application and would like my student to attend his/her home school?
A: Please contact Julie Hays via email at jhays@hse.k12.in.us to request a return to your student’s home school.
  1. Missed the Deadline
Q: What if I change my mind after the deadline of December 14, 2018 and did not submit the Freshman Choice Transfer Application?
A: You will need to complete and submit the general transfer appeal form for review by the Transfer Appeal Committee and approval is not guaranteed.
  1. HSE School Employees
Q: As an employee of Hamilton Southeastern Schools, do I need to complete the Freshman Choice Transfer Application for my 8th grader?
A: Yes, employees should complete the Freshman Choice Transfer Application for current 8th grade students. Please indicate you are an employee in the appropriate place in the application.
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