Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Questions

1) 

What is the difference between the terms "variance" and "open enrollment?


2) 

Can I go to a school in the Agua Fria Union High School District if I live outside of the District?


3) 

What are the chances of my child getting in to a school in your district on a variance?


4) 

Are there any exceptions to the open enrollment policy?


5) 

What is a program variance?


6) 

How do I apply for open enrollment?


7) 

When will I know the status of my application?


8) 

If I have an 8th grader coming into the district that has submitted an application for open enrollment, do I wait to hear the status before registering for 9th grade?


9) 

If I have a student currently attending a district school on a variance, can my incoming freshman son/daughter attend the same school?


10) 

If my student's variance is approved, what are the options for transportation?


11) 

Who do I contact if I have questions about the current policy or procedures?



Answers



1) 

Q

What is the difference between the terms "variance" and "open enrollment?

A

"Open enrollment" is the name of the policy. "Variance" is the term given to describe the agreement. Both terms can be used interchangeably.



2) 

Q

Can I go to a school in the Agua Fria Union High School District if I live outside of the District?

A

According to state law, students can petition to attend any school in the state. Students may or may not be approved depending upon enrollment capacity. Currently, residents who live within the attendance zones in the Agua Fria Union High School District have priority over those who reside out-of-district.



3) 

Q

What are the chances of my child getting in to a school in your district on a variance?

A

The Governing Board will set the enrollment caps for the upcoming 2008-09 school year in January. Ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade openings are anticipated for Verrado High School.



4) 

Q

Are there any exceptions to the open enrollment policy?

A

There are four district signature program exceptions: JROTC at Agua Fria High School, Agriscience at Millennium High School, Academy of Finance at Desert Edge High School, and Pre-engineering at Verrado High School.



5) 

Q

What is a program variance?

A

The Air Force JROTC, Agriscience, Academy of Finance, and Pre-engineering programs have been designated as District signature programs. Any student who resides within the District's attendance area may apply.



6) 

Q

How do I apply for open enrollment?

A

Application packets are available at each high school campus and at the District Office. Each packet will outline the procedures. Applications and notification letters will be processed at school.



7) 

Q

When will I know the status of my application?

A

Parent notification letters will be mailed from the site administration office in early April.



8) 

Q

If I have an 8th grader coming into the district that has submitted an application for open enrollment, do I wait to hear the status before registering for 9th grade?

A

All students should register at their designated school as defined by the attendance zone. If the application is approved to attend the requested school, parents will be notified to meet with the guidance counselor of the new school and the student's file will be transferred internally



9) 

Q

If I have a student currently attending a district school on a variance, can my incoming freshman son/daughter attend the same school?

A

Not under the current policy.



10) 

Q

If my student's variance is approved, what are the options for transportation?

A

Transportation is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian for students who currently live outside District boundaries. Per the last boundary committee recommendation, transportation will be available for students attending Verrado High School in the fall of 2008 but will be phased out and will end in May 2011. Please call Leticia DeLintt at 623-932-7116 with all open enrollment transportation questions.
Transportation will be provided to in-district students to Verrado High School until May 2011 as follows:

Academic Year Grades Provided
2008-2009 9, 10, 11
2009-2010 10, 11, 12
2010-2011 11, 12



11) 

Q

Who do I contact if I have questions about the current policy or procedures?

A

You may contact the building principal or designee at each school.