Admission Policy The application of any eligible student who agrees to be bound by the school pledge and adhere to the school‘s policies will be accepted and that student will be admitted if there is space available. If the number of applications received during this period exceeds the available number of openings, then all the applications will be placed in a lottery and assigned placement numbers as each number is drawn.
In accordance with public school law statutes 115C-238.29F, any child who is qualified under the laws of this state for admission to a public school is qualified for admission to charter schools. Charter schools shall not discriminate against any student on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability and shall not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion or ancestry.
Applications for enrollment will be accepted during the month of January. All applications received during January will have equal priority for the lottery which will be held in March.
After January 31st, all applications will be dated/time stamped by submission and will be added to the waiting list in the order received. These applicants will be used to fill available vacancies after the lottery list has been depleted. Applicants who have siblings who are currently enrolled and have been for at least one school year will be given priority. Employees of The Academy of Moore County will be guaranteed enrollment for their children.
The conduct of the lottery shall be open to the public. Public notice will be sent to all concerned parties at least one week in advance. Prominent members of the local community will be asked to attend the lottery. Additionally, The Academy of Moore County Board Members will be present, if possible.
The names of all children eligible for the lottery will be drawn from an executive report off of the enrollment data base and placed on a slip of paper containing the child‘s name and the grade they are applying for. The names will then be sorted by grade and placed in individual grade envelopes and sealed. At the time of the lottery, the names will be removed from the sealed envelope and placed in an opaque container.
The lottery will start with kindergarten, followed by the first grade and work its way up through the various grades. The number of anticipated openings will be stated before names are drawn. If no openings exist or when all seats are full, then all names will be drawn for the waiting list.
The first official will draw a name and read it. They will then pass it to the next official who will verify the name drawn and then hand it to the next official for their verification. The name will then be given to the recording secretary for recording. Once the drawing starts, it will not stop until all names for that grade are drawn. 9
Waiting List Policy
If seats become available prior to the first day of school, the student‘s parent/guardian at the top of the waiting list will be contacted. All the numbers on the student application will be called. If there is no answer, a message will be left on the answering machine. That parent will have to confirm that his/her child will attend The Academy of Moore County within 24 hours of the phone call. After 24 hours, the next name will be called, and the first student will go to the bottom of the waiting list. This procedure continues until all names have been called or all seats have been filled.
If seats become available on the first day of school until enrollment closes in October, the student‘s parent/guardian at the top of the waiting list will be contacted. All the numbers on the student application will be called. If there is no answer, a message will be left on the answer machine. That parent will have to confirm immediately to reserve his/her child‘s seat. If there is no response, or the parent does not call back right away, that student will go to the bottom of the waiting list and the next child will be called. This procedure continues until all names have been called or all seats have been filled.
Notification of Acceptance Policy
Parent/guardians will be notified of their child‘s acceptance or placement on a waiting list by an official letter from administration following the conclusion of the lottery.
Acceptance of Seat Policy
After notification of acceptance, a student registration packet must be completed and submitted prior to the due date set by administration, otherwise a seat will not be guaranteed for that student, and he/she will be placed at the end of the waiting list. Newly enrolled students must be present the first day of school by 8:30am to secure their seat. Also, new students will not be allowed to begin classes until proof of promotion from their previous school has been provided.
The Academy of Moore County Director of Education makes all placement decisions. Placement decisions are made for all new students and a review of placement for all continuing students occurs each year. The Director of Education will make every effort to place students in classes that are balanced to foster the optimum growth of each child and the class as a whole.
In February of each year, parents will be given the opportunity to re-enroll their child for the next academic year by filling out a "Letter of Intent." This letter helps determine the number of students per grade level that will be returning and is essential in preparing for new student enrollment. If a parent fails to return the Letter of Intent by the given due date, they may not be guaranteed a seat and must reapply for enrollment.
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