CAMDEN, NJ — This week, non-profit Camden Enrollment announced that applications for the 2021-22 school year can now be submitted across the city’s district, charter, and renaissance schools.
The non-profit, which allows families to submit a list of preferred schools based on programs and other offerings, said that 85% of families matched to their first ranked school last year. Also, 97% of submissions in the main round resulted in families choosing any school on their list.
“It’s important for parents and guardians to get their applications in now because they’ll have first access to their preferred seats,” Executive Director Tameeka Mason told TAPinto Camden.
“Selecting the right school is a stressor for families in the best of times, but in the middle of a pandemic, our mission of providing a user-friendly, neutral platform to support families through the enrollment process is even more important,” she added.
The main round of applications, which can be done fully online, must be submitted by April 2. As many as eight schools can be listed and families will hear about their match May 3.
A new feature this year, Mason shared, is Enrollment Pathways. Now when parents log in, they can submit direct registration to a neighborhood school or opt to apply for open enrollment.
Students who plan to attend a neighborhood school don’t need to apply with Camden Enrollment, "however, they can still use Camden Enrollment to assist with registration between May and June,” the non-profit said in a statement.
As always, Camden Enrollment offers over-the-phone bilingual services.
“As a single mother, it’s so helpful that you can access everything online or call and have someone politely and quickly answer your questions. The entire process is as easy as 1-2-3,” said Taneesha Smith, whose son is entering Kindergarten in the fall.
To apply to a school(s), click here. You can also call the following hotline with questions: (856-536-3999).