Insights and Trends in Student Enrollment

How Parents Experience Public School Choice

Posted December 6, 2014

By: Ashley Jochim, Michael DeArmond, Betheny Gross, and Robin Lake, CRPE, December 2014


With school choice gaining more popularity across the the U.S., more and more parents are facing difficulty in choosing the school best suited for their child. This report examines various parent experiences with school choice in eight “high-choice” cities.

The sections in this report are as follows:

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: City Selection, Survey Methodology, and Sample Characteristics
  • Part 2: How Parents Experience Public School Choice
  • Part 3: How Parents’ Experiences Vary Across Different Contexts
  • Conclusion
  • Technical Appendices A, B, C

View/download the article (PDF) at Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE).

Curious to see what the enrollment timeline looks like for different cities? Check out our infographic and learn when school application and lottery periods begin and end for various cities.

Learn more by watching our recorded webinar, The Rocky Yet Rewarding Road to Unified Enrollment.

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