Camden Enrollment is a family-friendly application that makes it easier to apply to public schools in Camden, NJ.
Rather than having to submit multiple applications by different deadlines, families can use the Camden Enrollment application to apply to District schools outside of their neighborhood, renaissance schools, and public charter schools.
To ensure a fair process that treats all families equally, participating schools will only accept the Camden Enrollment application.
Why did we need an improved enrollment process in Camden?
In the past, families had to fill out separate applications for each school they wanted their child to attend. Schools had different deadlines and separate lotteries for enrollment, stretching from as early as October to as late as July.
Camden Enrollment creates a one-stop shop where families can learn about and applying to Camden schools. It simplifies the process and makes admissions fairer.
Families are matched to the school they prefer the most that has available space, helping ensure that more students will have a seat at a school they want to attend.
Who runs Camden Enrollment?
Camden Enrollment was launched as a Camden City School District (CCSD) initiative to replace the special transfers system and give all families equal access to getting their child into one of the City’s 41 District, charter, or renaissance schools.
In August 2017, Camden Enrollment established itself as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with independent funding, leadership, and a board of directors. The board is made up of two representatives each from participating District, charter, and renaissance schools.
The 2019-20 members of the board are
Katrina McCombs (CCSD)
Taryn Fletcher (CCSD)
Kaitlin McCann (Freedom Prep)
Ranjana Reddy (KIPP)
Giana Solomon (Uncommon)
Camden Enrollment’s bylaws require that any enrollment policy or change to the common enrollment system must be passed by the board with majority support and the support of at least one member from each school type (District, charter, and renaissance). This is to ensure that all policies adopted by Camden Enrollment benefit families first and the City as a whole, and do not disadvantage any type of publicly-funded school.
Why did Camden Enrollment become a non-profit?
CCSD established Camden Enrollment as a neutral, fair system to simplify the school enrollment process and give all Camden families equal access to high quality schools.
Given this goal, participating schools agreed that independent funding and governance would allow Camden Enrollment to operate fairly and stably as a service to the City’s families.
Fair for parents and schools: Each school that participates in Camden Enrollment needs to feel confident that Camden Enrollment is a neutral system to provide families objective information about Camden’s publicly funded schools, and match families with their preferred school, regardless of school type or any other factor. An independent board ensures that the enrollment system operates fairly, openly, and without advantaging or disadvantaging any school or type of school.
Fair funding: Camden Enrollment is a City-wide service to families, and its funding must reflect that for the system to be fair and sustainable. As a nonprofit, Camden Enrollment can fundraise independently and CCSD can reduce its funding commitment to Camden Enrollment.
Sustainable: As a nonprofit, Camden Enrollment is best positioned to advocate for families and fair school choice, regardless of changing political pressures facing any publicly funded school type – District, charter, or renaissance.