East Lansing Public Schools
Schools of Choice

The 2019-20 School Year

The application period for the 2019-20 school year has ended

How Do I Enroll My Child?
By law, school districts must hold a lottery if more applications are received than spaces available. Notification letters will be mailed to parents by the first week in July. If selected, parents will be asked to complete enrollment materials. Notification letters will contain building assignment and registration instructions.

Transportation to and from our district will be the responsibility of the parent. Children must arrive in time to begin instructional activities at the start of the school day and must be picked up or have other arrangements once the school day has ended.

Before and After School Care Programs
Before and After School programs are operated by the East Lansing Recreation and Arts program. To obtain information about their program please call 319-6978 or visit their website at cityofeastlansing.com “parks, recreation and arts.”

Why Schools of Choice?
East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) has been a Schools of Choice district since the Michigan legislature created the program in 1996. Why? Because we believe parents should have options for their children and we believe the Schools of Choice plan provides exciting options for families.

ELPS with its tradition of leadership and excellence provides the educational opportunities parents are seeking.

We believe:

  • students' needs and interests are core to all decisions and actions.
  • we must inspire a passion for life long learning.
  • high expectations in teaching and learning result in personal and academic excellence.
  • diversity is affirmed by integrating the uniqueness of every child into our learning community.
  • in providing equitable access to opportunities and resources for students.
  • in engaging the entire community to create a trusting, safe, welcoming learning environment.
  • in building world citizens.

We invite you to submit an application to East Lansing Public Schools for this limited enrollment opportunity.

We Want You To Be Involved!
If you select East Lansing Public Schools for your child, we want you to be an integral part of the educational process. It is important to us that both you and your child feel welcome and a part of our community.

We have an excellent volunteer program. Many parent volunteers provide countless hours of support annually to our schools. You will be contacted by your school’s volunteer coordinator early in the year.

We also have regularly scheduled parent conferences. However, if you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to call your child’s teacher, the school counselor or the principal. They will be happy to talk with you about your child. Your expression of concern is viewed as a positive involvement in your child’s education.

Each school has a parent council which meets monthly. A schedule of meetings will be given to you by your principal. Newsletters go home from each building on a regular basis which will also provide parents with information about school activities and events (or visit our website at elps.us).

We welcome you as an active participant in our schools, in our community and in your child’s education. Thank you for considering East Lansing Public Schools.

District staff will be happy to answer your questions. Please contact Gail Gillengerten - 333-7424 or by email at gail.gillengerten@elps.us


Frequently Asked Questions

I don't live in the East Lansing School District.  How can I enroll my child in the East Lansing School District?

State law governs the Schools of Choice process.  School districts have the option of participating in Schools of Choice on an annual basis.  Districts may advertise available slots and accept applications only at specific times.  East Lansing Public Schools has been a participating district in the Schools of Choice process since its inception.  The Board of Education usually makes the decision about the district's participation in Schools of Choice in April or May.  At that time the number of slots and grade levels will be identified and published.  

When is the application period?

The application period is for a 15-day period (typically in June) for Fall enrollment.  The application period will be announced each year after the Board of Education makes the decision regarding the district’s participation (usually by mid-May).

Where may I obtain an application?

Applications will be available only during the application period.  During the application period, applications will be made available on our website (elps.us), by calling 333-7425 or may be picked up at our administrative offices at 509 Burcham Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823.

If my child is accepted will I need to reapply each year?

Once a child is accepted under the Schools of Choice provisions their enrollment is through graduation as long as enrollment is continuous.  If a student withdraws and enrolls in another district they will forfeit their slot and must reapply during the next application period.

Are siblings guaranteed enrollment in future years?

Siblings are not guaranteed enrollment in future years, however, they are given preference for available advertised slots over any other new applicants providing the district participates in the Schools of Choice process in the year of application.

How are applicants chosen to enroll in East Lansing Public Schools?

The application asks very basic information (name, grade, address, district of residence, whether there have been suspensions or expulsions).  For grade levels where the number of applications received is less than the number of advertised slots, all applicants will be accepted (except as provided by law regarding suspensions or expulsions).  For grade levels that more applications are received than advertised slots, the law requires that districts accept students on a lottery basis (except as provided by law regarding suspensions or expulsions). Siblings of current Schools of Choice students receive preference to available slots over new applicants.

When will I know if my child has been accepted to attend East Lansing Public Schools?

Parents will be notified by the first week in July following the application period.

Are there any fees?

There are no fees or tuition for enrollment under the Schools of Choice provisions.

Who provides transportation?

Transportation to and from our district will be the responsibility of the parent.  Children must arrive in time to begin instructional activities at the start of the school day and must be picked up or have arranged childcare once the school day has ended.

How do I know if I live within the Schools of Choice boundaries?

School districts within Ingham County are within the Schools of Choice boundaries for East Lansing Public Schools as well as districts located in intermediate school districts that are contiguous to Ingham Intermediate School District (Clinton, Eaton, Jackson, Livingston, Shiawassee and Washtenaw).

Can I choose an elementary school for my child?

The Schools of Choice application allows parents to indicate their building preference.  During the placement process, we strive to place students in one of their first choices.  We also try our best to keep families together at the same school when placements are made, but there are times when this is not possible due to enrollment at some grade levels. East Lansing Public Schools has five elementary schools that serve kindergarten through fifth grade students.  Those schools are Donley Elementary, Glencairn Elementary, Marble Elementary Pinecrest Elementary and Whitehills Elementary.  MacDonald Middle School serves students in grades 6 through 8.

For More Information

Please contact Gail Gillengerten at 333-7424 or gail.gillengerten@elps.us