- Livonia Public Schools
Niji-Iro Japanese Dual Immersion Elementary School
Niji-Iro provides a unique educational opportunity which includes a two-way immersion program for both Japanese and American students. The mission of the school is to provide students the opportunity to be immersed in a second language, while learning from each other. The students will become bilingual, respectful and globally-minded individuals. Niji-Iro serves grades K-6.
The application window for the 2020-2021 school year opens on April 20, 2020 and closes on May 15, 2020. There are 90 spots available for grades 1-6. Incoming students must pass the Japanese proficiency test.
If there are more applications than seats, a lottery will be held on May 20 (closed to the public due to state orders).
Limited Schools of Choice 20-21
Limited Schools of Choice for out-of-district students
The Schools of Choice application window is now closed. If you submitted an application prior to the school closures, your application will be honored.
The lottery will be held on May 8th and parents will be notified of their student's acceptance status resulting from the drawing by May 11th.
For the past several years, the Livonia Public Schools Board of Education has approved Limited Schools of Choice programs, in which Section 105/105c Schools of Choice applications are accepted for a limited number of seats at specified grade levels. Limited Schools of Choice is open to residents of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe and Washtenaw counties.
For the 2020-2021 school year, the district will accept a total of up to 195 students. Of those, 185 seats will be in grades K-8. Five seats will be open in the Global Education Program for ninth graders only; and five seats will be open in the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) program, for ninth graders only.
The annual decision by the Board of Education is based upon several factors, including financial stability. Members of the community, during budget forums, included Limited Schools of Choice in the list of items the district should consider in order to increase revenue and enrollment as a means of preserving the many programs LPS offers to students.
Timeline for Limited Schools of Choice Program: 2020-2021 School Year
- April 13, 2020 -- Application and guidelines to be posted on LPS website. Application window reopens.
- April 30, 2020 -- Application window closes. All applications due by 7 p.m.
- May 8, 2020 -- Lottery held
- May 12, 2020 -- Parent notifications sent
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Livonia Public Schools School District an open enrollment district?
No. Livonia Public Schools participates in “limited school of choice.” This means only those students participating in Sections 105 and 105c Schools of Choice program for the upcoming school year may participate in the school of choice program.
Who is eligible for Schools of Choice under 105c?
Students who live outside of the Livonia Public Schools boundaries. This includes Wayne County and contiguous Intermediate School Districts (Macomb, Monroe, Oakland and Washtenaw).
How are Schools of Choice students selected?
If the number of applicants exceeds the number of open seats per grade level, the district will use a random draw system to select the applicants. All applications must be received within the posted timeline for the application window, and all applications received at any time within that posted window will be given equal consideration. However, siblings of students currently enrolled in LPS via Schools of Choice will be given first priority.
Can I choose which school I want my child to attend?
Our Schools of Choice openings are based on space availability at each school. It’s important to note, not all schools will have availability in all grades for Schools of Choice students.
Will transportation be provided?
No. Parents are expected to provide transportation. Additionally, students are expected to be dropped off and picked up on time every day. For information on before- and after-school childcare, please inquire at the school office.
Do I need a separate application for each of my children?
Yes. A Schools of Choice application must be completed for each child.
If my child is admitted, do we have to re-apply every year?
No. Once your child is enrolled under Schools of Choice, your child is welcome to remain an LPS student through graduation.
Can I fax or email my child’s application?
No. Due to the volume of applications, and the fact that we date stamp every application, we cannot accept applications by fax or email. A hard copy of every application must be delivered to Livonia Public Schools Administration Building, Pupil Accounting Office, 15125 Farmington Rd., Livonia, MI 48154. You may mail the application, however, we are not responsible for late or missing deliveries. Applications are due by 4 p.m., March 31, 2020.
What if my child has an IEP?
Pursuant to state law, in order to enroll and to continue to educate a 105c Schools of Choice student who is eligible for special education programs and services, the 105c Schools of Choice district must have a written agreement with the resident district on the responsibility for the payment of the added costs of special education. Without such an agreement, the district cannot enroll and/or cannot continue to educate a 105c student who is eligible for special education programs and services.
Thank you for your interest in Livonia Public Schools! If you have questions beyond what is provided here, please call (734) 744-2541.
Intra-District Student Transfers (District Residents)
Livonia Public Schools offers parents the option to request a transfer from their home school to another school within the district. If this option is of interest to you, and you are a current LPS district resident, please click, download and print application and program guidelines:
Intra-District Program Timeline
Dates below may be subject to modification based upon the finalized calendar for the 2019-20 school year.
April 23, 2020 - All student transfer applications received by 4:00 p.m. April 23, 2019 will be acted upon. Approvals/denials sent to families, and all denials placed on a wait list.
April 24, 2020 - Beginning this date, all student transfer applications received will be placed on a wait list, in the order they are received, and will be reviewed later in the summer on a space-available basis.
August 23, 2020 - Grades K-8 placements approved on space-available basis. Placements sent to families.
INTRA-DISTRICT SCHOOLS OF CHOICE INFORMATION AND APPLICATION
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
May I request a transfer for my child to attend a different school within the district?
Yes. Intra-District student transfer requests are for residents of Livonia Public Schools only. Proof of residency is required.
When is the application period?
The application period for Intra-District student transfers occurs according to the timeline listed above.
How do I apply?
Request forms are available HERE. Please complete the form and email to Cathy Siedlik or Kim Crudo. Requests must be completed and received by the Employment Services office according to the timeline above.
Is acceptance or placement done on a first come, first served basis?
All intra-district transfer requests are received and responded to based on the posted timeline. Once a wait list begins, students will be placed on a space-available basis in the order the requests were received.
Will my child receive transportation from the District?
No. Transportation is not provided to intra-district student transfers.
Will my child’s path through all subsequent levels remain in place?
Intra-district student transfer students will be returned to his/her home school attendance area for the next building/level change (for example, moving from a K-4 school to a 5-6 upper elementary). A new application to transfer must be submitted for each subsequent building/level change.
What if my child wants to go back to their home school?
It is desirable that a student who transfers from their home attendance school remain at the selected school for that educational level (lower elementary, upper elementary, middle, or high school). However, upon request, a transferred student will be allowed to return to their home attendance school at the beginning of the next school year. Once returned to the home school, a student is ineligible to apply for a student transfer at that level again.
Franklin High School was the first public school in Wayne County to offer the IB Diploma program. Faculty members have been trained in the areas of Administration, Coordination, Visual Arts, History of the Americas, English and Theory of Knowledge.
The IB program allows selected 11th and 12th grade students to earn an IB diploma in addition to their regular high school diploma. The IB curriculum is recognized for its academic rigor and its 'international mindedness' exposure.
For more information about this program, please visit the Franklin IB webpage: