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School Placement Protocol - Priorities

Student Placement Services will consider your student's top preferences alongside each school's admissions priorities and available space. When the number of requests for a school exceeds the number of spaces available, MPS uses a weighted lottery system based on protocol and priorities established by the superintendent and school board supporting MPS' values in desegregation, community school guarantee for kindergarten, family choice and class size. These factors all contribute to MPS' primary objective of student achievement. When needed, the following protocol is followed during the school request lottery to make student assignments.
 

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS:

1st Priority - Attendance Area Siblings: Students with siblings who currently attend the requested high school. Both siblings need to attend the school at the same time in order to receive sibling preference.
2nd Priority - Attendance Area: Students requesting entrance to a school that is identified as their attendance area high school.
3rd Priority- Expanded School Options: Students who live in a high-concentration area of poverty (specific areas determined by the school district: attendance areas 1B and 1C) and qualify for free and/or reduced price lunch will be given priority into programs that have a low representation of students in poverty.
4th Priority - Out-of-Area Siblings: Students with siblings who currently attend the requested high school and live outside of the high school attendance area. Both siblings need to attend the school at the same time in order to receive sibling preference.
5th Priority - Employee: Children of current permanent benefit-eligible Minneapolis Public Schools employees.
6th Priority - Attendance Zone: Students who live within the identified attendance zone (Zone 1, 2 or 3), but outside a school’s attendance area.
7th Priority - Minneapolis Residents: Students who live within the city of Minneapolis, but outside the school’s attendance zone.
8th Priority - Open Enrollment: Students who live outside the city of Minneapolis and would like to open enroll into a MPS high school.

 

CITYWIDE PROGRAMS:

1st Priority - Pathways: Students who attend middle grade programs that have a pathway to an available high school program (e.g., Open). Please note, this is not an automatic placement; students must make an active choice to continue in the pathway by completing a high school request form.
2nd Priority - Sibling (Minneapolis Resident): Students with siblings who currently attend the requested citywide program. Both siblings must attend the same citywide program, at the same time not just the same school.
3rd Priority - Employee: Children of current, permanent, benefit-eligible Minneapolis Public Schools employees.
4th Priority - Under-Represented Demographics: Students who live in an area with a  high concentration of poverty (specific areas determined by school district) and qualify for free and/or reduced price lunch will be given priority into programs that have a low representation of students in poverty. This priority relates to all citywide programs that are demographically unbalanced.
5th Priority - Residents (Minneapolis): Students who live within the city of Minneapolis.
6th Priority - Siblings (Open Enrollment): Students with siblings who currently attend the requested citywide program and live outside of the city of Minneapolis. Both siblings must attend the same citywide program at the same time, not just the same school.
7th Priority - Open Enrollment (Non-resident): Students who live outside the city of Minneapolis and would like to open enroll into a citywide program.

 

 


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