Well, it’s that time of year again. School has started for most, but some are trying to figure out where to send their kids next year. Yes, it’s once again time again for the Voluntary Transfer Program (VTP)! For Philadelphia residents, VTP allows families to apply for seats in public schools outside of their designated catchment. Applications are accepted starting on September 19 and you want to be early if you can. Last year I published a post that served as a primer on transfers, but it was so popular (and now outdated) that I decided to revise it for 2012-2013 and post it as a page, making it easier for parents to find. You can find it under the “Start Here” menu at the top of the page or get there directly from here.
Incidentally, West Philly families considering Lea Elementary should check out advice about VTP and lots of information specific to Lea VTP on the West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools website.