Admission and Lottery Policy
Admission to the school shall be open to any individuals who are entitled to attend school pursuant to section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code in a school district in the State of Ohio.
Academy shall not discriminate in the admission of students to the school based on race, creed, color, handicapping condition or sex;
Upon admission of any handicapped student, Academy will comply with all federal and state laws regarding the education of handicapped students.
The School shall not limit admission to students based on intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or athletic ability.
The School shall not offer or provide incentives to parents of prospective students per ORC 3313.648.
The School shall not admit students that exceed the capacity of the school’s programs, classes, grade levels or facilities.
If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the school’s programs, classes, grade levels, or facilities, students shall be admitted by lottery from all those submitting applications before May first of each school year, except preference shall be given to students attending the school the previous year, to students who reside in the district in which the school is located, and to siblings of students attending the school the previous year.
When required the lottery will be conducted in the following manner:
1. Each applicant will be assigned a number.
2. The numbers will then be drawn at random by a disinterested third party at a meeting of the Governing Authority that will be open to the public.
3. The first number drawn will be the first new applicant placed on a permanent waiting list and so on until all numbers are drawn;
4. Applicants on a permanent waiting list prior to any lottery will retain their position on the waiting list;
5. The school may separate lottery and waiting lists for each grade or age grouping;
6. Students attending the previous year will have preference for position in the current year, even though they may be in a different age or grade group;
7. Siblings may be given preference for the next open position.
ENROLLMENT AND RESIDENCY POLICY
The School admits students statewide (“admissions areas”). The School serves grades K-12 as per its Community School Contract with its Sponsor.
A child shall be admitted to the School as a student, if the child’s parent resides in the School’s admission areas. Residency is determined not necessarily by where the parents own or rent a home or an apartment, but rather by where important family activities take place on a daily basis, such as eating and sleeping, where mail is received, and where parents are registered to vote.
The following documents can be used to establish proof of residency for verification of a child’s ability to enroll in our school. These items must be current, be in the parent’s name, and include a street address. A post office box address cannot be used to validate residency records:
- Lease agreement or Mortgage statement
- Utility statement
- Bank statement
- Rent receipt
- Homeowner’s or renter’s insurance declaration page
- Real Property tax bill
- Paycheck or paystub issued to parent or student within 90 days of the date of enrollment;
- Any other official document as the same may be defined by the superintendent of public instruction that is issued to the parent and includes the address.
The school requires that these documents be dated within 60 days of the time of enrollment. Enrollment defined as the day all paperwork is completed for the child’s entry into school not the first day of school.
All custody or court orders pertaining to the family or student must be turned in when asked, or at admission. If the School and parent disagree as to residency status, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall determine the public school in which the student may enroll. If our School and the student’s home district (district of residency) disagree about residency, this policy shall prevail. In such a case, parents may be asked to provide additional information in order to resolve the dispute; however, the school is not obligated to ask for additional information based on other public schools’ policies.
If transportation is being provided by the student’s resident/home district, then that home district may require reasonable additional proof of residency within the bounds of the law and its own policies.