SCS ADMISSION POLICY
Admission of Students
SCS is a public charter school, and as such, complies with all applicable requirements of state and Federal law, unless specifically exempted in Section 1002.33(16), Florida Statutes as well as their Charters. Federal Law may also apply if the School is the recipient of federal grant funds. As such, they must admit all students based on availability through use of the lottery process described below.
Student Selection Procedures
As per Section1002.33, Florida Statutes a lottery will be conducted at each grade level to select students for enrollment when the number of applications exceeds capacity. All lotteries will be conducted in a manner that ensures each eligible student receives an equal chance of being selected. Each individual charter school will hold independent lotteries for student selection. Applicants will be selected in random order until all applications have been addressed or placed on a waiting list. In order of selection (with consideration of any applicable preference), applicants will be offered admission until all seats have been filled. The remaining students’ names will be placed on an ordered waiting list in which their name was selected.
The Principal shall develop an enrollment schedule each year to establish the enrollment deadlines. The initial student selection lottery will be conducted in the summer prior to the opening of the school year. The initial enrollment window must be at least 60 days and be advertised on the School’s website and through other methods allowed for within the Corporate Budget.
After the initial enrollment period, the waitlist will be used to fill any seats that become open. The deadlines and process shall be clearly explained on the School’s website.
Consistent with this Policy, state and federal statutes, the Organization will not discriminate against any student on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability or handicap, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected class. All students who are eligible to apply shall be included in the student selection lottery and have an equal chance of being selected.
Publication of the enrollment process will include a non-discrimination statement.
The following students will be given a priority in the admission process under Section 1002.33(10), Florida Statutes:
Students who are siblings of a student enrolled in the charter school.
Students who are the children of a member of the governing board of the charter school.
Students who are the children of an employee of the charter school.
Students who are the children of an active-duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
Students who attended or are assigned to failing schools pursuant to s. 1002.38(2).
A charter school may limit the enrollment process only to target the following student populations:
Students within specific age groups or grade levels.
Students considered at risk of dropping out of school or academic failure. Such students shall include exceptional education students.
Students residing within a reasonable distance of the charter school. Such students shall be subject to a random lottery and to the racial/ethnic balance provisions described in subparagraph Section 1002.33(7)(a)8, Florida Statutes. or any federal provisions that require a school to achieve a racial/ethnic balance reflective of the community it serves or within the racial/ethnic range of other public schools in the same school district.
Students who meet reasonable academic, artistic, or other eligibility standards established by the charter school and included in the charter school application and charter or, in the case of existing charter schools, standards that are consistent with the School’s mission and purpose. Such standards shall be in accordance with current state law and practice in public schools and may not discriminate against otherwise qualified individuals.
The selection process will be determined annually by the Governing Board and will ensure transparency of the Selection Process. On the dates specified within the enrollment schedule, the School shall abide by the following selection process:
All applicants will be placed into the lottery
All completed applications received within the enrollment period up until the enrollment deadline will be included in the lottery.
The Principal, in accordance with direction from the Governing Board, will determine the number of openings to be filled within the lottery process. The number of openings will be determined based on the contractual limits of the Charter Contract, facility limits, and enrollment limits.
Determine Students with Allowed Preferences
Students who will be granted preference in the lottery process, as described above, shall be identified, accompanied with a specific reason as noted herein of why each student is being offered preference.
Select Students by Grade Level
The Organization shall use a system which conducts a lottery within the following parameters as determined annually by the Governing Board.
First, students who are allowed preference will be selected and rank ordered, followed by the remaining students at that grade level, who will be added to the rank ordered list. The top number of students on the rank ordered list equal to the number of openings will be offered a position at the School. All remaining students will be added to the waiting list in the order selected.
This process will be repeated for each grade level until all student applications have been filed and selected for admission to the School.
Out-Of-County Open Enrollment Stipulation
Students who reside outside of the limits of the School district in which the School is located may still apply for enrollment at the School. In the event such applications are received, they will not be placed in the lottery process until all in-county students have been placed to comply with Section1 Florida Statutes 1002.31(2)e. Active Duty Service members who are able to provide orders to NASKW and its tenant commands are able to register their dependents prior to their arrival in Monroe County.
After the lottery has been conducted, the Principal shall ensure that the parents or legal guardians of the students who are being offered positions are properly notified. In addition, those parents or legal guardians of students who are placed on the waiting list will also be notified. All parents are notified via email within 24 hours of the lottery event.
Once parents receive notification that the student is being offered a position at the School following the student selection lottery, parents will be given a deadline of one (1) week from the date of notification to respond to the School to confirm or decline the position at the School.
Maintenance of the Waiting List
In the event that more students apply to the School than openings are available, the remaining students will be added to the waiting list in the rank order selected in the lottery process. If a waiting list exists prior to a student lottery being conducted, positions will first be filled by the existing waiting list. Students selected in lotteries subsequent to the first enrollment lottery will be added to the bottom of the waiting list in the order they were selected.
The school shall maintain the waiting list, and any time an opening becomes available, the School shall contact the next student on the waiting list to offer a position at the School to the parents or legal guardian of the student.
Some assignments or testing which are essential to the completion of the required State Standards may be required. Teachers will give students until the end of the current term to complete assignments. Students who enroll into the organization after the start of a term will be given directives from teachers and administrators to determine what additional work, if any, needs to be completed.
Students who choose to leave the School will be assisted in their transition to their new school in accordance with Florida law. The Organization reserves the right to contact the student’s future placement to ensure compliance with compulsory attendance laws. Students who withdraw from Sigsbee Charter School to enroll in another Monroe County School District or local private school, shall be placed at the bottom of the waiting list should they choose to return to SCS during the same year.