CAMDEN, NJ — Camden Enrollment announced Monday that the deadline for students to enroll in school has been extended to Friday, April 10.
Originally set for March 31, Camden Enrollment Executive Director Tameeka Mason said extending the deadline is part of efforts to ease the process for parents that have had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The main round is important because it provides the best chance for children to get a spot in the school of their choice,” Mason told TAPinto Camden. “Timely enrollment also helps schools begin preparing to serve your child. We are encouraging all parents, especially those with students entering grades pre-K, K, and 9, to submit applications by Friday’s deadline.”
As schools transitioned to remote learning in mid-March, Camden Enrollment has shifted its services as well — providing help to parents and guardians in both English and Spanish over the phone at (856) 536-3999, text at (844) 322-3256 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The non-profit, ordinarily based out of Camden’s Kroc Center, has also worked to fully move school resources online and provide virtual programs in partnership with other Camden groups. It has worked with the Camden City School District (CCSD) on such efforts as mapping out meal distribution sites.
Over 1,500 applicants have submitted via Camden Enrollment this year so far.
The online tool allows students to apply for district, charter, and renaissance schools — with private providers in the city as well for pre-K. The majority of applicants during this first cycle are toddlers entering the school system for the first time, pre-K students transitioning into Kindergarten, and eighth-graders starting high school.
Read TAPinto Camden’s interview with the Camden Enrollment team here.
Any families who submit applications by Friday will receive results by May 12 via email and/or text notification.
“The selection process for magnet schools may look a little different this year,” Mason explained. “Schools are still figuring out how to manage auditions and interviews. We will continue to work with schools and get information out to parents.”
“We can’t wait for this crisis to pass and for students to be back in school,” she added. “We are here to help families make sure they are prepared for an awesome start to next school year.”
For information and updates visit the Camden Enrollment's website here.