About Camden Enrollment

About Camden Enrollment

Camden Enrollment is an easy way to learn about and apply to Camden, NJ public schools.

Camden Enrollment is a family-friendly application that makes it easier to apply to public schools in Camden, NJ. Rather than having to submit multiple applications by different deadlines, families can use the Camden Enrollment application to apply to District schools outside of their neighborhood, renaissance schools, and public charter schools.

To ensure a fair process that treats all families equally, participating schools will only accept the Camden Enrollment application, available on this site, at public schools across the city or at the central Enrollment Center located at 1865 Harrison Ave (Kroc Center).


Why did we need an improved enrollment process in Camden?

In the past, families had to fill out separate applications for each school they wanted their child to attend. Schools had different deadlines and separate lotteries for enrollment, stretching from as early as October to as late as July.

Camden Enrollment creates a one-stop shop for learning about and applying to Camden public schools. It simplifies the process and makes admissions fairer. Families are matched to the school they prefer the most that has available space, helping ensure that more students will have a seat at a school they want to attend.


Who needs to fill out an application?

  • Any student entering a transition grade (Pre-k, Kindergarten or 9th grade) or who wants to attend a different school next year should apply.
  • Students who want to continue at their current school next year do not need to apply.
    • If your child is attending Pre-K in the same building as an elementary school, you may need to apply to attend kindergarten. Call (856)536-3999 for help.
  • Students who wish to attend their neighborhood district school have a guaranteed seat, but are encouraged to submit an application to let the school know they are planning to attend. Click here to find your neighborhood District school.
  • Camden residents who will be 3 or 4 years old by Oct. 1, 2018 are eligible to attend full-day pre-K programs at no cost. You can now use the Camden Enrollment application to enroll. Learn more about how to enroll in pre-K in Camden.


Who runs Camden Enrollment?

Camden Enrollment was launched as a Camden City School District (CCSD) initiative to replace the special transfers system and give all families equal access to getting their child into one of the City’s 41 District, charter, or renaissance schools. In August 2017, Camden Enrollment established itself as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with independent funding, leadership, and a board of directors. The board is made up of two representatives each from participating District, charter, and renaissance schools. The 2017-18 members of the board are:

  • Paymon Rouhanifard (CCSD)
  • Katrina McCombs (CCSD)
  • Joseph Conway (Camden Charter Network)
  • Kaitlin McCann (Freedom Prep)
  • Ranjana Reddy (KIPP)
  • Joseph Ferguson (Mastery Schools Camden)

Camden Enrollment’s bylaws require that any enrollment policy or change to the common enrollment system must be passed by the board with majority support and the support of at least one member from each school type (District, charter, and renaissance). This is to ensure that all policies adopted by Camden Enrollment benefit families first and the City as a whole, and do not disadvantage any type of publicly-funded school.

Camden Enrollment’s current co-executive directors are Kyla Kenny and Abby McCartney, who launched the project as employees of CCSD. Enrollment Supervisors Tameeka Mason and Shirley Irizarry manage family and community engagement, and are graduates of Camden’s public school system.


Why did Camden Enrollment become a non-profit?

CCSD established Camden Enrollment as a neutral, fair system to simplify the school enrollment process and give all Camden families equal access to high quality schools. Given this goal, participating schools agreed that independent funding and governance would allow Camden Enrollment to operate fairly and stably as a service to the City’s families. Specifically:

  • Fair for parents and schools: Each school that participates in Camden Enrollment needs to feel confident that Camden Enrollment is a neutral system to provide families objective information about Camden’s publicly funded schools, and match families with their preferred school, regardless of school type or any other factor. An independent board ensures that the enrollment system operates fairly, openly, and without advantaging or disadvantaging any school or type of school.
  • Fair funding: Camden Enrollment is a City-wide service to families, and its funding must reflect that for the system to be fair and sustainable. As a nonprofit, Camden Enrollment can fundraise independently, and CCSD can reduce its funding commitment to Camden Enrollment.
  • Sustainable: As a nonprofit, Camden Enrollment is best positioned to advocate for families and fair school choice, regardless of changing political pressures facing any publicly funded school type – District, charter, or renaissance.


More questions? Visit our FAQs page for more information!