LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jefferson County Public Schools will kick off its Showcase of Schools this weekend at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Representatives from all JCPS elementary, middle, and high schools will be on hand from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 in the South Wing of the exposition center, located on the state fairgrounds at 937 Phillips Lane. Parking for the event costs $8.

The annual event can help parents find the right fit for their children and talk to teachers, principals and students about everything from the programs their schools offer to extracurricular activities and the district's application process.

The Showcase of Schools has historically been held at the Kentucky International Convention Center downtown, but it has moved to the Exposition Center while the convention center undergoes a 22-month renovation and expansion. 

This application period to apply to all elementary, middle, and high school magnet schools and optional/magnet programs is Oct. 31 to Jan. 3, which is earlier than in previous years.

JCPS will not be printing School Choices books this year. Instead, the district has put together brochures for each grade level, said Allison Martin, the district's chief of communications and community relations.

Many of the district's schools will start hosting open houses beginning next week. Here are the schedules: 

Starting with the 2017-18 year, Kentucky will move up its cutoff date for kindergarten by two months. To enter kindergarten, a child must be five years old by Aug. 1, instead of the current Oct. 1 deadline.

However, JCPS is allowing parents to file an appeal that would allow children who meet certain criteria to enter kindergarten, even if they don't turn 5 until Oct. 31.   

Jefferson County students who will turn 5 years old between Aug. 2, 2017, and Oct. 31, 2017, can be enrolled in kindergarten if they can also score at or above the 95th percentile on both an intelligence test and the kindergarten readiness screener known as Brigance.

Initially, JCPS was going to charge $6,000 tuition for those students because the state wasn't going to reimburse districts for early admission kindergarteners, but the state law was amended in 2015, allowing districts to get state reimbursement.

The school board will hear the first reading to update that policy during its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

JCPS elementary schools are grouped into clusters comprised of five to eight schools. A child’s elementary cluster is determined by his or her home address, and transportation for that child is provided to all schools within his or her cluster. Most elementary school students choose to attend one of their cluster schools. 

Parents must complete an online application to enroll their child in an elementary cluster school. On this application, parents rank each school in their cluster according to their preferences.

JCPS middle and high school students are assigned to the middle or high school that serves their home address. An application is not required for a student to attend their resides middle or high school.

Parents may also choose to apply to one of the district’s magnet schools or magnet programs. Magnet schools and programs have a particular learning focus or learning style.

Reporter Antoinette Konz covers K-12 education for WDRB News. She can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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