Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to commonly asked questions. If you don't see an answer, or need more details, call the Camden Enrollment Hotline at (856) 536-3999.


I was offered a seat! What do I do next?

If you were accepted to attend a school for the 2017-18 school year, you should register at the school as soon as possible. If you do not register by June 9th, you risk losing your seat. To start the registration process:

  • Contact the school to learn more about registration requirements. Visit your new school’s profile to view their contact information.
  • Complete a Camden Enrollment Form at your new school.
  • Provide additional registration documents, including your child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency

I did not receive an offer to a school. What do I do?

If you did not receive an offer to attend a school for the 2017-18 school year, you will be placed on the waitlist at all of your school choices. This means that currently no seats are available, but if space opens up, the school will contact you. If your student(s) have been waitlisted, you have the following options:

  • Check your waitlist position online by logging into your account. The school will contact you if space becomes available.
  • Apply to other schools for this fall by calling the Camden Enrollment hotline at (856)536-3999 or logging onto your account. You can also learn more about other school options using our school search page.
  • You always have the option to attend your neighborhood District school. If you wish to attend your neighborhood District school, go directly to the school and register.

I’m unhappy with my offer, and don’t want to attend the school where I was accepted. What do I do?

If you do not want to accept your school offer, you should:

  • Log into your account and ‘decline’ the offer.
  • You can edit your application and apply to additional schools by calling the Camden Enrollment hotline at (856)536-3999 or logging onto your account. You can also learn about additional school options on the school search page.
  • If you wish to attend your neighborhood District school, go directly to the school and register.

Can I apply to additional schools, even though the deadline has passed?

Yes! Families who missed the deadline or want to add additional schools can apply online or by calling (856)536-3999. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.

If you submitted an application or added schools after the March 31 deadline, log onto your account or call the hotline at (856)536-3999 to learn the status of your application.

Will transportation be provided?

For K-8 students, transportation will be provided for any student who attends a school more than 2 miles from home, as determined by the county transportation commission. For high school students, bus passes will be provided for any student who attends a school more than 2.5 miles from home.

Some schools provide additional "courtesy busing" for students who fall under the 2-mile limit, and some students receive transportation because of special needs described in their IEP. Contact the schools you are interested in for more information about their transportation policies.

How do waitlists work?

If your child is not matched to his or her first choice school, he or she will be placed on the waitlist for every school ranked above the school he or she is matched to. For instance, if your daughter matched to her third choice, she would be placed on the waitlist for her first and second choices.

If you receive an offer from a school where your child is on the waitlist, you must respond within one week. After that time, the school will offer the seat to the next student on the waitlist.

Sibling and neighborhood priorities still apply on the waitlist. At a school that offers a sibling preference, a student with a sibling already attending the school would be placed higher on the waitlist than a student without a sibling.

The one exception to this waitlist policy applies to selective admissions magnet schools. If the school's admissions team determines that a student does not meet their minimum admissions requirements, that student will not be admitted or waitlisted at that school. These schools will appear as "Withdrawn" in your online account.

​How do I register?

After you find out your school placement, you should contact that school to register. Different schools have different registration requirements, but many of them require documents such as the student’s birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency, such as a utility bill. Visit the school’s website or call their office to find out the requirements for your specific school. You must submit the Camden Enrollment form by June 9, 2017 to secure your seat.

If you are registering at a District school, including your neighborhood school, click here for more details.

What is Camden Enrollment?

Camden Enrollment is a family-friendly application that makes it easier to learn about and apply to public schools in Camden. 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, available at www.camdenenrollment.org and enrollment centers across the City.

Do I need to apply?

Any student who wants to attend a different school next year, except those students who plan to attend their neighborhood District school, should apply through Camden Enrollment. Click here to find your neighborhood District school.

Do I need to apply if my child is happy at their current school, and will attend the same school next year?

NO

You do not need to apply. Your child can continue attending his or her current school.

If your child is attending Pre-K in the same building as an elementary school, you may need to apply to attend kindergarten. Call (856)536-3999 for help.

Do I need to apply if I want my child to attend their neighborhood District school next year?

NO

You do not need to apply. Your child has a right to attend his or her neighborhood District school and does not need to apply. Learn more about how to register for your neighborhood District school.

Do I need to apply if I want to enroll my child in pre-k next year?

NO

You do not need to apply. The Camden Enrollment application is only for students entering grades K-12. Learn more about how to register for pre-K programs.

Do I need to apply if I want my child to move to a renaissance school next year?

YES

You need to apply. You should fill out an application for your child and list the renaissance school as one of your choices. If you live in the neighborhood around the school, your child will have receive preference at that school.

Do I need to apply if I want my child to move to a charter school next year?

YES

You need to apply. You should fill out an application for your child and list the charter school as one of your choices.

Do I need to apply if I want my child to attend a District school other than their neighborhood school?

YES

You need to apply. You should fill out an application for your child and list the District school as one of your choices.

Applications should be completed by the child's legal guardian.

What do I need to apply?

You will need basic information about your child, such as their birth date, current school, and grade, as well as information about your family, such as address, phone number, and guardian’s name.

You will also need to list your school choices and put them in the order that you prefer them.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is to fill out an application online. If you are applying online, you will need an email address or mobile phone number to create an account.

If you are unable to apply online, you can also call our hotline at (856) 536-3999 and complete the whole process over the phone.

If your child is applying to a selective magnet program (Brimm Medical Arts High School, Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy, or Met East High School), they may need additional information, such as report cards, essays, and contact information for recommenders. See here for selective admissions requirements.

Which schools are participating in Camden Enrollment?

All public schools in Camden are participating in Camden Enrollment. For the 2017-18 school year, this includes the following schools:

  • All Camden City School District schools, including magnet schools (Brimm Medical Arts High School, Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy, Camden Big Picture Learning Academy)
  • All renaissance schools
    • KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy
    • All Mastery schools (Cramer Hill, McGraw, Molina, East Camden Middle School, and Mastery High School)
    • Uncommon: Camden Prep
  • All Camden charter schools:
    • Camden Academy Charter High School
    • Camden Community Charter School
    • Camden's Pride Elementary School
    • Camden's Promise Middle School
    • Environment Community Opportunity (ECO) Charter School
    • Freedom Prep Elementary, Middle, and High School
    • Hope Community Charter School
    • Katz-Dalsey Academy Charter School
    • LEAP Academy

What about private schools and technical schools?

Camden's private schools and the Camden County Technical Schools do not participate in Camden Enrollment's application. However, they partner with Camden Enrollment to share information about their programs:

The Catholic Partnership Schools are committed to providing an excellent student-centered education, deeply rooted in faith and values, which prepares their graduates for successful transitions into college preparatory or technical high schools. Interested families should contact 856-338-0966 for more information about registration and admission. Income-based tuition assistance is available for every family who qualifies. 90% of Catholic Partnership Schools' families receive financial assistance. Visit http://www.catholicpartnershipschools.org/ to learn more.

The Camden County Technical School District operates high schools in both Pennsauken and Gloucester Township, both of which offer a wide variety of career programs. They are dedicated to student success through college and career readiness in an ever-changing world environment. Admission is selective and requirements vary by program. Visit http://ccts.org/ to learn more.

My child has special needs. Can I participate in this process?

All Camden children are welcome to apply through Camden Enrollment, including English Language Learners and students with special needs.

All Camden charter and renaissance schools enroll students regardless of special needs. In District schools, some programs may be offered in certain schools and not others. School profiles list the programs currently offered at each school. Note that these programs may change based on IEP review and enrollment needs.

Should you prefer a District school that does not offer your child's specialized program, Camden Enrollment staff will follow up with you directly to discuss your school options. District school placements are tentative until IEP reviews are complete. If you have questions about special needs programs, call the Camden Enrollment hotline at (856) 536-3999.

I don't have a computer. How can I apply?

All schools participating in Camden Enrollment will make a computer available for parents who want to apply at the school site. In addition, there are three other ways to apply:

1. ON A SMARTPHONE

  • The whole process can be completed on your smartphone.
  • Available in English and Spanish

2. ON THE CAMDEN ENROLLMENT HOTLINE –at (856) 536-3999.

  • Translation available in any language

3. IN PERSON AT A FAMILY ENROLLMENT CENTERS

How many schools can I list on my application?

You can list up to 8 schools on your application. You should be sure to rank them in the order that you prefer them.

How many schools should I list?

List all the schools that you prefer to your current school or your neighborhood district school. The more schools you list, the better your chances of getting a match!

However, you should only list schools that you actually want your child to attend. If your child accepts a seat at a new school, he or she may eventually lose their seat at their current school if it is not their neighborhood District school.

Do you have materials in other languages?

All our materials are available in English and Spanish. To see the Spanish version of this website, click the "Español" button in the top right corner.

If you need translation in a different language, call our hotline at (856) 536-3999.

​Where did the School Quality Ratings come from?

The School Quality Rating comes from the School Information Cards produced by the Camden City School District during the 2014-15 school year. Each school received one of four school quality ratings: Under Performing, Needs Improvement, Making Progress, or On Track. (You can learn more about School Information Cards here.)

This rating is based on the students’ performance and a school observation, during which a group of experienced Camden educators conducted a thorough school visit. The rating includes progress and performance, with progress counting twice as much as performance.

​I’m looking for PreK programs. Can I apply to those through Camden Enrollment?

The Camden Enrollment application is only for students entering grades K-12 in the 2016-17 school year. However, residents of Camden also qualify for free Pre-K services. Click here to learn more about enrolling in Pre-K.

What is a sibling preference?

For the purposes of Camden Enrollment, siblings are defined as children who share either a guardian or an address. Schools will verify that listed siblings attend their school. In addition, documentation of guardianship and residency will be needed to register once the student has been accepted to a school.

Many families want to keep siblings together in the same school. That is why Camden schools, except for magnet schools, offer sibling preferences. There are two types of sibling preferences:

Sibling Attending Preference
If you have a child already attending the school, your other children will have priority for any available seats. In other words, siblings of current students will be matched to open seats before they are made available to other students. To use this preference, you must indicate on the application that your child has a sibling currently enrolled in the school, and provide the sibling’s name. Schools will verify the sibling’s enrollment.

Sibling Accepted Preference
This preference is for families with multiple children applying to the same school. If one child is offered a seat at a school, any sibling who has also applied to that school will get a sibling accepted preference. You do not need to do anything on the application to get this preference – we will automatically apply it to any students who qualify.

​What is a neighborhood preference?

In Camden, renaissance schools are neighborhood public schools operated by non-profit charter organizations with a proven track record of success. They are committed to serving all students within a neighborhood zone around the school. As a result, they give priority to students in that neighborhood during the application process.

If you live in a neighborhood for one of the renaissance schools, you will receive a neighborhood preference if you apply to that school. If your child is entering kindergarten and you submit an application by March 31, your child is guaranteed a seat at your neighborhood renaissance school.

To find out whether you live in a neighborhood zone for a renaissance school, you can enter your address into the Find a School page and look for the orange icon next to the school's name, or call our hotline at (856) 536-3999.

I live outside of Camden. Can I apply?

Families that live outside of Camden will be allowed to apply to Camden charter schools only beginning February 1, 2017. District and renaissance schools are not legally allowed to accept students from outside Camden.

The following schools are able to accept non-Camden residents, if they have space:

  • Camden Academy Charter High School
  • Camden Community Charter School
  • Camden's Pride Elementary School
  • Camden's Promise Middle School
  • Environment Community Opportunity (ECO) Charter School
  • Freedom Prep Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • Hope Community Charter School
  • Katz-Dalsey Academy Charter School
  • Leadership, Education, and Partnership (LEAP) Academy

If you have an address that the application system does not recognize as a Camden address, even though you live in Camden, please call the Camden Enrollment hotline for assistance at (856) 536-3999.