The JCPS Middle and High School Showcase provides parents an opportunity to look at all the public schools in the county and the programs they provide. The show will be this Friday and Saturday.

"You can go around and spend quite a lot of time really  getting to know the people at each of the schools Getting to know more about the programs there so you can be comfortable with the choice that you make as we get in to the registration and application process," said JCPS spokesperson Ben Jackey.

The application and registration process is also different this year. Jackey says the process is completely online. If you don't have access to a computer, you can go to one of the 15 registration sites across the county.

New students, either to the district or to kindergarten, will have to register online. They will then have to show physical proof of residency. An LG&E bill or some other type of registered mail is fine. You just need to bring that documentation to a school or registration site. Once you have verified your address, you can apply to schools online. There will be help available at the registration sites if you need help getting through the process.

There are even more changes in store for Middle and High School students. They will no longer be able to hold their place at two schools. That means students cannot be placed at their home school and a magnet school at the same time. Students and parents will rank their choice of school. Students will be then be registered with the highest ranked school they are accepted to.

Middle and high school students can register from October 29th through January 11th. Elementary students will have longer to apply this year. The Elementary School Showcase is on November 17th. Parents have two months to register their children starting on November 19th.

The Middle and High School Showcase hours are 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 485-3323.