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JCPS Showcase of Schools begins

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Parents of middle and high school students in Jefferson County Public Schools can learn more about the district's different schools and magnet programs at the JCPS Showcase of Schools. The event takes place at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27.

School representatives and students from the special programs will be available to talk about the curriculums and experiences at the various schools.

Organizers say this is a one-stop shop for parents of students who have moved, students new to the district, and any student interested in an optional program, magnet program, magnet school or a high school career theme. 

Hours for the Showcase of Schools are Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

District official say it is important for parents to get involved now because the process for applying to a JCPS middle or high school has changed.

The middle and high school application period starts on Monday and runs through January 11 which is earlier than in previous years. The two-month window is supposed to allow parents enough time to check out the schools and get as much information as they can before making a decision.

Another change is the application process. Parents must now use the internet when they apply for their children to attend a certain school. This is the first time that all applications will need to be submitted online.

District officials said while this may be convenient for many parents, they understand some people do not have access to computers, so 15 registration sites will be set up throughout the district where parents can go in, sit down with someone and get help with the application process.

Elementary school applications have also been moved up. JCPS will begin accepting those applications in November. The Showcase of Schools for elementary students will be held on Saturday, November 1.

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