Harbor Springs Public Schools

Enrollment & School of Choice

School of Choice

Harbor Springs Public Schools is pleased to offer enrollment options for students who reside outside of the District boundaries but within the boundaries of the Char-Em Intermediate School District. These options include Schools of Choice and Tuition-Based Enrollment. Both provisions follow the State of Michigan School Code, Harbor Springs Public Schools Board of Education Policy 2001, and Harbor Springs Public Schools Administrative Regulations 2001.

Schools of Choice is open to students who reside outside of HSPS but within the boundaries of the Char-Em ISD. There is no cost to be a SOC student. An application must be completed and submitted by June 30. Once accepted as an SOC student, a student is considered an SOC through graduation and attends tuition-free as long as residence is maintained in the ISD or there is no break in enrollment status.

Grade Number of Slots
K
8
1
3
2
15
3
6
4
2

Schools of Choice is open to students in grades K-4 (spaces vary by grade level) who reside outside of HSPS but within the boundaries of the Char-Em ISD. There is no cost to be a SOC student. An application must be completed and submitted by June 30. Once accepted as an SOC student, a student is considered an SOC through graduation and attends tuition-free as long as residence is maintained in the ISD or there is no break in enrollment status. 

Tuition-Based Enrollment

Tuition-Based Enrollment is offered at the following grade levels for the 2022-23 school year:

Grade Number of Slots
5
2
6
2
7
Open
8
Open
9
Open
10
Open
11
Open
12
Open

Tuition-Based Enrollment (TBE) is open to students in grades 5-12 (spaces vary by grade level) who reside outside of HSPS but within the boundaries of the Char-Em ISD. There is a tuition fee charged on an annual basis ($5,000 for the 2022-23 school year). A Tuition Agreement Form must be completed and submitted by August 1. Tuition-Based Agreements are valid for one school year and subject to renewal each year. Students must meet the terms of the agreement to be eligible and remain eligible for TBE.

Tuition and School of Choice–FAQ

No, students enrolled under Schools of Choice pay no tuition.

Schools of Choice application period ends at 4 PM on June 30, 2022; Tuition-Based Enrollment application period ends at 4 PM on August 1, 2022; however late applications may be reviewed at the District’s discretion.

Only if they are enrolled in a grade level that is open to Schools of Choice and they are accepted. Kindergarten students are also accepted.

 Yes, this is in accordance with State law and District policy. A Schools of Choice application should be filed when the student first enrolls.

No. The law states that once a student becomes School of Choice in a district, they can stay until they graduate unless they move out of the district or break attendance in the District.

No; once a student is enrolled under Schools of Choice, they do not pay tuition at any grade level through graduation (unless enrollment is broken and they re-enroll under Tuition-Based Enrollment).