Admissions and Enrollment
As schools of choice, it is critical for charter schools to not only adopt clear and legally-compliant admissions policies and procedures, but to do effective community outreach to recruit students. In this section, find reference documents on these topics, as well as best practices in recruiting students.
It is important to note that only legal guardians have the authority to enroll a student. If the family member is not the student's guardian, then the school will need to have the enrollment authorization form signed by a biological parent or other legal guardian.
Read our latest knowledge brief about how to develop admissions and enrollment policies for your charter school.
Get tips for best practices in recruitment from these two case studies:
- Charter School Enrollment Law Overview
Addresses issues of English Language Learner Status, reduced price lunch eligibility, and efforts to achieve a racial and ethnic balance, as related to admissions and pre-admissions.
- Enrolling and Serving Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools
Guidance and best practices related to the enrollment process for students with disabilities in charter schools, including important information about enrollment in independent study and non-classroom based programs.
- Admissions and Enrollment Policy
Sample admissions and enrollment policy for a dual-language charter school
- Request for Student Records
Sample request for student records, including transcripts, health folders, cumulative folders, special education records, GATE information and speech records
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