Open Enrollment Means More Choice for Parents

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- (CCSD) announced its Open Enrollment Initiative late last month, which will allow interested students to attend selected schools with open seats outside their assigned attendance zones next fall.

Of the schools zoned for students living at Nellis Air Force Base, Carroll M. Johnston Middle School, and Mojave High School are among the selected schools listed with 81 and 414 open seats, respectively. Lomie G. Heard Elementary School is not on the list of selected schools.

From now until Jan. 7, parents with CCSD students enrolled in first through 12th grade can visit http://ccsd.net/open where they can apply online via the Open Enrollment Interest Form to attend one of more than 100 elementary, middle, and high schools that appear the open enrollment lists. Hard copies of the form also can be found in the main office of most schools, which should be mailed to: CCSD Instruction Unit, 5100 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89146. Those selected to attend a school through open enrollment should be informed by Feb. 10.

CCSD Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Lauren Kohut-Rost outlined the specifics of open enrollment during a press conference Nov. 22, where she described the latest initiative as another method among several others that more than 30,000 students already use to attend their school of choice.

"Zone variances, magnet schools and career and technical academies, and [the choice school program under] No Child Left Behind are all options under which our parents can exercise school choice, "explained Kohut-Rost. "Open enrollment is just one more choice."

Parents/guardians can select no more than three schools from the list of elementary, middle, and high schools rank ordering their choices from first to third. Kohut-Ros

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