New Student Enrollment
Welcome to Spring Lake Public Schools! The following items must be provided before the enrollment process can be completed:
1. Proof of Residence - (First, double check your address with us. You might not be in our district even though the city is Spring Lake.) We will then need two pieces of identification to verify that you live in the school district unless you have been granted Non-Resident status. A sales agreement, utility bill, driver’s license, etc. will be acceptable.
2. Transcript of Grades - Please obtain an unofficial copy of a transcript and grades earned to date, if applicable.
3. Immunization Records - Don’t assume that the immunization records contained in your child’s cumulative file are up-to-date. We cannot enroll your child until we have all of the required immunizations. If you are unable to locate a copy, we can check with MICR, the State of Michigan immunization site.
4. Birth Certificate - A copy of the birth certificate must be a certified copy - not a photo copy. Also, we will need guardianship papers, adoption certificate, legal name change, if applicable.
5. Special Education - If your child has been receiving special educations services, a copy of the most recent IEP is essential.
Non-Resident/Schools of Choice Enrollment Information
Spring Lake Public Schools participates in both the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) Schools of Choice program and the Section 105c Schools of Choice state plan. SLPS no longer participates in the Resident District Release program. Acceptance will be determined by space available at the grade level requested.
SLPS agrees with Michigan lawmakers that siblings should be kept together in a single school district whenever possible. As a result, siblings of current non-resident students may receive preference in filling district openings.
Special Considerations for Parents/Students Considering Schools of Choice
SLPS is not required to provide transportation for Schools of Choice students under either program. Please click this TRANSPORTATION INFO LINK for more information about transportation.
- The Michigan High School Athletic Association requires a 60-day waiting period for students in grades 10 – 12 after enrolling in a new district under Schools of Choice before they are eligible to participate in athletics.
OAISD Choice Program
Non-resident students residing within the boundaries of the OAISD may apply online through this link year round:
Non-resident OAISD students are accepted in the order the applications are received as space allows. If space is not available at the time of application, applicants will be put on a waitlist for the balance of that school year. As stated above, siblings do receive preference.
Yearly waitlist applications do not “roll over” and new applications are required for each year the student wishes to be considered for acceptance. Further, once a student is accepted, renewals will be made on a yearly basis and a release must be obtained from the resident district. Reasons for non-renewal include suspension, expulsion, truancy, or for other reasons as determined by the district.
Section 105c Choice Program
Non-resident students residing in districts within the contiguous boundaries of the OAISD (Muskegon, Kent and Allegan ISDs) may apply for enrollment to SLPS under the following timeline and guidelines:
- Openings for all grade levels for enrollment for the 2017-18 school year will be posted in May, 2017. Please note that the number of openings in each grade level varies from year to year and some grades may not have any available spots.
- The link to the application will be made available sometime after May 1, 2017 and will be open for a period of at least 2 weeks. The link will appear below when it is active.
(Link will be available sometime after May 1, 2017)
- If the district receives more applications than openings, a random drawing will take place after the application period has closed.
- Parents will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance within 5 days of the random drawing, and parents will be required to confirm acceptance with SLPS within 10 days.
- Non-accepted students will be placed on a waiting list in the order their names were drawn and notified of openings if a spot should become available, but no later than the first week of school.
- As stated above, siblings of current non-resident students will receive preference if space allows.
- Students who have been suspended within the past two years or have been expelled from any school district may be excluded.
- A written agreement between the resident district and SLPS must be in place for students who receive special education services or programs as to the responsibility of payment for the added cost of required services or programs for the student. Enrollment may be denied if an acceptable agreement cannot be obtained from the resident district.
- 105c is a lottery-oriented system, not a first-come, first-served one. Only one application may be submitted per student.
- Once a student is accepted, annual re-application is not required under 105c.
Available Openings for 2017-18