School Choice Forms

Choice District Profile 2018-19


Somerdale Park School
301 Grace Street
Somerdale, NJ 08083
Camden County


District grades: Pre-K – 8 
Approved Choice grades: 1 – 8 
Total number of students enrolled in district: 470


Choice Parent Information Center Phone number: 856-783-6261

Name of Program Contact: Mr. Robert Ford

Phone Number & E-mail of Program Contact:
856-783-6261 /


Choice Program

Somerdale Park School offers a school choice program for students in Grades 1-8. The goal at Somerdale Park is to provide all students with a rich learning experience that helps prepare them to be academically, behaviorally, and socially successful in the next phase of their educational career and beyond.

Through our 1:1 student/tablet ratio and paperless initiative, Somerdale Park is able to provide students with essential 21st Century learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. In the classroom, students will utilize digital materials and technological software/programs; while outside the classroom, students have the option to take home a personalized device where they can access school work through the use of cloud based technology.

Students at Somerdale Park receive instruction in the areas of creative arts; Spanish (Foreign Language); physical education; music (including instrumental); library reference skills, and computer instruction. Additionally, Somerdale Park School also offers an array of extra-curricular programs and/or after-school clubs that recognize and promote diversity within the school.

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Choice Seats Available for 2018-2019 School Year

The purpose of this profile is to inform parents of choice seat availability before the application deadline of Dec. 1, 2017. After the deadline, the information will be outdated.


Districts may have more seats available than they are approved to accept by the Department of Education; therefore, the seat availability shown by grade level below may be greater than the approved maximum number indicated. If more than the approved maximum number of applications is received, a lottery will be held and a waitlist will be developed.







Maximum Number of New Choice Students That can be Enrolled: 7

Grade Seat availability per grade
K 0
1 0
2 0
3 4
4 3
5 4
6 6
7 3
8 7


Somerdale Park School

District Choice Policies Indicate Yes/No/NA
a.        The district accepts Tier 2 students (see definition below). Yes
b.       The district gives enrollment preference to students who have a sibling currently attending the choice district, provided they will enroll in a choice-approved grade/program and they meet any program-specific criteria. Yes
c.        The district gives enrollment preference to choice students who have completed the terminal grade of the sending district (i.e., students who attend a choice district with grades that terminate before 12th grade and with a natural progression to this choice district), provided they will enroll in a choice-approved grade/program and they meet any program-specific criteria. Yes
d.       The district gives enrollment preference to resident students who move before the application deadline. If resident students move and file choice applications for the following year prior to the deadline, the district will give them enrollment preference (i.e., accept them ahead of other applicants, but after the enrollment preference students described in b. and c. above), provided there are choice seats available in the choice-approved grades/programs and the students meet any program-specific criteria. If the district has already reached its approved choice enrollment maximum, this preference will not apply. Yes
e.        The district gives special consideration to resident students who move after the application deadline. Students in this situation may apply as late applicants and be added to the front of the district’s waitlist, provided the students will enroll in a choice-approved grade/program and they meet any program-specific criteria. No additional choice seats above the maximum will be approved by the NJDOE to accommodate these students. Yes

Transportation Note to Parents

Transportation of choice students is not guaranteed. If a student is eligible for transportation (within 20 miles of the school) and the cost will exceed $1000, the parent/guardian will be given $1000 as aid in lieu of transportation and, in some cases, the option of receiving the transportation and paying the additional amount over $1000. By Aug. 1, 2018, parents should receive notification of their transportation options from the resident district. For more information, read the Transportation Procedures for choice students.

Tier 1 students are students who are enrolled in a NJ public school in their resident school district during the time of application and for the entire year (2017-18) immediately preceding enrollment in a choice district. If a student moved during the school year and attended the resident public school of his/her old district of residence, he/she is also considered Tier 1. Choice districts must first fill their available seats with Tier 1 students. If the number of Tier 1 applications exceeds the number of choice seats available, the choice district must hold a lottery to randomly select students. Charter school students are considered to be Tier 1. To qualify as Tier 1 for kindergarten, a student must be attending a state-funded preschool in his or her resident district or a student resides in a district that does not offer a state-funded preschool program or a student has a sibling currently attending the choice district.  Most students applying for kindergarten are in Tier 1.

Tier 2 students include NJ residents who have not attended their resident public school for the entire year immediately prior to enrollment in the desired choice district and do not otherwise meet the requirements for Tier 1. This would include students who have been attending public school outside their districts of residence or private school. Choice districts are not obligated to accept Tier 2 students. If a choice district accepts Tier 2 applicants, they may do so only after all of the qualified Tier 1 applicants have been accepted. If the number of Tier 2 applications exceeds the number of choice seats available, the choice district must hold a Tier 2 lottery to select students.