What is School Choice?

School Choice is a state program, which allows Massachusetts school districts to accept students from other Massachusetts towns. This is an optional program as not all towns participate.

Although Chelmsford participates in School Choice, the Chelmsford School Committee determines, on an annual basis, openings for the upcoming school year. This determination is made by May after the Superintendent of Schools reviews current and projected enrollment figures and class sizes and presents a recommendation to the School Committee.

If the School Committee votes to accept School Choice students for the following year, a notification is placed on our website with a deadline date for applying. School Choice students are chosen on a lottery basis.  Applications are only available after the School Committee determines that openings will be available for the upcoming year.