What is a lottery?
Since the number of applicants may exceed the established ceiling, students are selected by lottery. When a student is chosen, siblings of the applicant (within the same household) are also invited for admission, provided there are openings. Students currently admitted are given preference for re-enrollment. Siblings of admitted students are given preference relative to other applicants.
JA will not discriminate in its admission policies or practices on the same basis as other public schools may not discriminate in their admission policies and practices
What is my child’s chance of being accepted?
This cannot be determined due to the number of students applying each day for a limited number of openings in the school.
How long is the list?
This cannot be determined due to the number of students applying each enrollment period for a limited number of openings in the school.
When will I be notified of an open position?
We will have enrollment opportunities beginning about January of each year and continuing throughout the year as needed. Parents should watch the website for announcements of dates for each enrollment period. Once our existing student numbers can be assessed and siblings given preference, we will run the lottery to fill any openings that may be available. This takes place about February or March. If your child is selected, you will receive an e-mail or a phone call. You must either accept or reject the position within the stated period of time in the e-mail message. If you choose not to attend, or if you do not contact the appropriate person within the given timeframe, your student will be declined in the lottery database and your student’s position will be offered to another student.
How will I know if my child has been accepted?
You will receive an e-mail. If you go on vacation, please be sure someone is able to check your e-mail and phone messages.
What if I want to modify my enrollment application?
If you need to update your personal information such as phone number, address, or e-mail address, or if you choose to withdraw your student please use your confirmation number and log into the enrollment website to make any necessary changes.
Is there anything I can do to improve my child’s chance of getting in?
By law, the only way to receive preferential treatment during enrollment is under the following circumstances: (1) a sibling is already attending the school or (2) a parent is a founding board member of the school (3) the student’s parent is a teacher employed by the school.
Extra volunteer hours, special favors, or donations are not accepted in exchange for special preference.
What if I forgot my confirmation number?
You may click on the “Resend Confirmation Number” link located on the Enrollment page to have it emailed to you.
When the school is at capacity, can I be placed on a waiting list?
Per federal law, the school is not authorized to maintain a waiting list longer than the Open Enrollment period. All students who apply for enrollment must be entered into a lottery for randomized placement into the school as positions become available.
What do I need to do to confirm my child’s slot once they have been selected in the lottery?
In the acceptance e-mail notificaiton, instructions will be given on how to complete registration paperwork. Parents must complete the required paperwork within the time period specified.
What does it mean to be enrolled?
To be enrolled means that your application was accepted through a lottery process and a place has been reserved for your child to attend Jefferson Academy.
Is my child eligible for enrollment?
Jefferson Academy is open to all students without admissions requirements, except in accordance with statute: Children must turn five (5) on or before September 1st of the school year to enroll in Kindergarten. Applications received for children who are not old enough to attend school for the school year they are applying for will not be accepted.
Any student who has been expelled from any school, including Jefferson Academy, during the preceding 12 months, may be denied enrollment.
How will I know if my child has been accepted?
You will receive confirmation via email. It is your responsibility to ensure that your contact information is up-to-date, as Jefferson Academy is not responsible for outdated contact information or the inability to contact you.
What if my student is not accepted in the lottery?
Your application will remain within the lottery pool for another opportunity in the subsequent month’s enrollment lottery, should space be available.
How is enrollment different from registration?
Enrollment is reserving a spot for a child in the school. Registration is your commitment to attend the school and authorizes Jefferson Academy to obtain official records from your previous school.