Newark Public Schools offers series of parent-friendly videos about school enrollment
by Brick City Live | June 8, 2017
Newark Public Schools recently released a series of short videos created to provide Newark families with information about Newark Enrolls, the district’s common enrollment system. The videos break down the school match process to display how students are assigned to schools throughout the district.
“We are eager to share these new videos as a part of our ongoing effort to improve the resources available for Newark students and families about this process,” said NPS Superintendent Christopher Cerf, according to a statement about the videos.
“As Newark Enrolls moves into its fourth year of implementation, we continue to strengthen the enrollment process while also making improvements to the information we are providing to the Newark community. We believe our new video series will enable students and families to better understand the match process as we remain focused on our larger goal – the continued development of excellent public schools across this city.”
Over the last two years, the NPS enrollment team says it has has partnered with community members to collect feedback and work together to make improvements to Newark Enrolls. One key area the district says it has focused on is improving the information provided about the process. Each of the three videos was designed, said NPS, to explain key pieces of the enrollment process, and will be featured at district events and across various online media platforms in order to provide additional information to more families and community members. The videos encompass the following subjects:
Video 1: Basic information about Newark Enrolls
The first video in the series allows families to learn about the different categories of information that are used in order to place students in schools, and how that information is prioritized throughout the school enrollment process.
Video 2: Newark Enrolls in action
The second video in the series simulates what the school matching process looks like, and what information is prioritized when a family applies to multiple schools.
Video 3: Magnet schools and other details
The third video provides parents with information about how magnet schools select students and how families can access additional resources.
The announcement of the video came at the conclusion of the citywide spring match process for the 2017–2018 academic year, which served over 12,000 families throughout Newark. This past spring, the district made a shift in enrollment policy that it says will ensure K-8 schools now give 100 percent priority to students who live in a particular school’s neighborhood or have a sibling in a certain school.
The school district also launched Newark Enrolls’ Family Enrollment Portal, which it says will enable parents to address key enrollment needs without having to physically travel to the Family Support Center.
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