Application and Enrollment Policies and Procedures
The James and Grace Lee Boggs School will not discriminate on the basis of intellectual or athletic abilities, measures of achievement or aptitude, status as a handicapped person, or any other basis that would be illegal for an existing school district. Further, the Boggs School shall provide a high-quality education to all of its students without discrimination as to race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation and shall comply with all state and federal civil rights laws.
In addition, the Boggs School
- Will not charge tuition
- Shall comply with all laws applicable to public schools concerning church-state issues
The school will be open to students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 for the 2020-21 school year, with a maximum enrollment of 138 students*. The school will annually adopt maximum enrollment figures prior to its application and enrollment period.
For the 2020-21 school year, enrollment availability, including 2019-20 students re-enrolling, will be determined when grade-level data from current students' "Intent to Re-Enroll" data is collected and reviewed. Single and mixed-age classes will be organized to accommodate all returning students, and available seats will be announced prior to the random selection drawing on May 8, 2019 for new students. Students will be placed in single-grade or mixed-aged classrooms based on space availability and a variety of readiness factors as determined by school staff with input from students’ families.
Students enrolling in Kindergarten must turn 5 years old on or before September 1st of the school year. Students in Grade 1 must turn 6 years old on or before September 1st of the school year or show completion of Kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year. The school reserves the right to restrict admission of students entering Grade 8 to returning students; for the 2020-21 school year, the school will not accept new 8th graders.
- Enrollment is open to all individuals who reside in Michigan. Except for a foreign exchange student who is not a United States citizen, a public school academy shall not enroll a pupil who is not a Michigan resident.
- The school shall not charge tuition.
- The school admissions may be limited to pupils within a particular age range/grade level or on any other basis that would be legal if used by a Michigan public school district.
- The school will comply with all aspects of the McKinney-Vento Act regarding the enrollment of homeless students.
- The application period shall be a minimum of two weeks in duration, with evening and/or weekend times available.
- The school's Board has established a policy providing enrollment priority to siblings of currently enrolled pupils and children of the school's management company's employees and Board members.
- The school shall allow any pupil who was enrolled in the immediately preceding academic year to re-enroll in the appropriate age range/grade level within a stated period of time unless that grade is not offered.
- No student may be denied participation in the application process due to lack of student records.
If the school receives more applications for enrollment than there are spaces available, pupils shall be selected for enrollment through a random selection drawing.
- The school's Board may enter into a matriculation agreement with another public school academy pursuant to section 504(4) of the Revised School Code.
- However, before the school's Board approves a matriculation agreement, the school shall provide a draft copy of the agreement to the Eastern Michigan University Charter Schools Office for review.
- Any matriculation agreement entered into by the school shall be added to the contract with Eastern Michigan University through a contract amendment approved in accordance with the contract.
- Until the matriculation agreement is incorporated into the contract, the school is prohibited from granting an enrollment priority to any student pursuant to that matriculation agreement.
- The application period shall be a minimum of two weeks in duration, with evening and/or weekend times available. The open application period will be from April 1st through April 30th, 2020 for the 2020-21 school year.
- In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of available spaces in any grouping as described above at the close of the application period, a random selection drawing will be held on May 8, 2020 at 5pm. The event is open to the public, but parents/guardians need not be present to receive a space.
- When all spaces have been filled, a waiting list will be created for each grade. The position on the waiting list shall be determined by the random selection drawing and enrollment priority policies.
- The school may neither close the application period nor hold a random selection drawing for unauthorized grades prior to receipt of written approval from the CSO.
The school shall continue to accept applications all year.
- If there is no waiting list, students shall be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
- If openings do not exist, applicants shall be placed on the official waiting list.
- If openings occur during the academic year, students shall be admitted according to the waiting list.
- The school will make a good faith effort to contact a student on the waiting list when space becomes available.
- If the student can’t be contacted within a reasonable time, the school will offer to admit the next student on the waiting list.
- The waiting list applies only to the current school year. A new waiting list will be created each year at the conclusion of the open application period.
Legal Notice or Advertisement
- The school shall provide legal notice or advertisement of the application and enrollment process in a local newspaper of general circulation. A copy of the advertisement shall be forwarded to the CSO.
- At a minimum, the legal notice or advertisement includes:
- The process and/or location for requesting and submitting applications.
- The beginning date and the ending date of the application period.
- The date, time, and place the random selection drawing(s) will be held, if needed.
- The legal notice or advertisement of the application period shall be designed to inform individuals that are most likely to be interested in attending the school.
- The school, being an equal opportunity educational institution, shall be committed to good-faith affirmative action efforts to seek out, create, and serve a diverse student body.
- The school shall notify parents or guardians of all enrolled students of the deadline for notifying the school that they wish to re-enroll their child.
- If the school's Board has a sibling preference policy, the re-enrollment notice must also request that the parent or guardian indicate whether (a) sibling(s) seek(s) to enroll for the upcoming academic year.
- The school shall solicit intent to re-enroll from parents or guardians of all enrolled students using a form.
- If the parent or guardian indicates the student will not be returning, that student’s space will become available for the following school year.
- If the parent or guardian does not respond or indicates that the student will return, the student’s space will be reserved for the following school year.
- An applicant on the waiting list at the time a new application period begins must reapply.
- After collecting the parent or guardian responses, the school must determine the following:
- The number of students who have re-enrolled per grade or who have not indicated intent to leave.
- The number of siblings and children of employees and board members seeking admission for the upcoming academic year per grade.
- The number of spaces remaining per grade after enrollment of current students, siblings, and children of employees and board members.
Sibling Preference Policy
Families are central to the school’s culture. The school believes that having siblings attend the same school enriches their individual education experiences. The school also recognizes that it is convenient for parents/guardians to have their children at one school, where they will have the same school calendar and daily schedule. For this reason, the school gives siblings preference in the enrollment process.
- A sibling is defined as a biological or legally adopted or fostered brother or sister residing in the same household. Cousins, nieces, nephews and unrelated children sharing an address with the applicant are not considered siblings.
- In order for siblings to be considered under the sibling preference policy, parents/guardians must complete and submit a completed application for each child they wish to enroll in the school during the open application period. If the school does not receive an application for each sibling during the open application period, the sibling will not qualify for enrollment under the Sibling Preference Policy.
- Prior to the random selection process, siblings of re-enrolling students who have submitted applications will be placed in the appropriate grade, space permitting. If the grade is full, the child will be placed on the grade's Sibling Waiting List.
- During the random selection process, names will be drawn by grade and any siblings listed on the randomly selected application will be placed in the appropriate grade, space permitting. If the grade is full, the sibling will be placed on the grade's Sibling Waiting List.
- The names on the Sibling Waiting List take preference over the names on the General Waiting List but not the Children of Employees and Board Members Waiting List.
- The Sibling Preference Policy is dependent on available space and does not guarantee enrollment for each sibling.
Children of Employees and School Board Members Preference Policy
The school was created by parents, educators, and community members for their own children and others in the community. The school believes that having children of employees and Board members at the school creates a deeper connection between individual families, school staff, and the community. The school also recognizes that it is convenient for staff to have their children at their place of employment. For this reason, the school gives children of employees and Board members preference in the enrollment process.
- A management company employee or Board member’s child is defined as his or her biological, step, or legally adopted or fostered child. Nieces, nephews, and unrelated children sharing an address with the employee or Board member are not considered his or her children.
- "Employee" is defined as any full-time or part-time staff member leased to the school through the school's management company, Nataki Educational Services. Independent contractors are not considered employees.
- In order for children of school employees and Board members to be considered under this preference policy, parents/guardians must complete and submit a completed application for each child they wish to enroll in the school during the open application period. If the school does not receive an application for each child during the open application period, the child will not qualify for enrollment under the Children of Employees and Board Members Preference Policy.
- Prior to the random selection process, applicant children of employees and board members will be placed in the appropriate grade, space permitting. If the grade is full, the child will be placed on the grade's Children of Employees and Board Members Waiting List.
- The names on the Children of Employees and Board Members Waiting List take preference over the names on the General Waiting List and the Sibling Waiting List.
- The Children of Employees and Board Members Preference Policy is dependent on available space and does not guarantee enrollment for each child.
Admission through the random selection process or waiting list does not guarantee enrollment.
- When a student is accepted to the school, the parent or guardian must complete and return the enrollment packet within the stated time period AND attend a prescheduled orientation session. Enrollment is not guaranteed until the packet is completed satisfactorily and the orientation session is attended. Enrollment packets must be turned in by a date to be determined and announced by the school for the 2020-21 school year.
- If the parent or guardian fails to complete all parts of the enrollment packet and/or attend the orientation session by the announced date and the school has made a good faith effort to retrieve the completed packet and/or make the orientation session available, the school may offer the student’s space to the next student on the waiting list.
- The school will hold at least three orientation gatherings for families of accepted students during the enrollment period. Parents and guardians will be encouraged to ask questions and turn in their enrollment packets at this time.
- The enrollment packet will include federal free and reduced lunch applications, which the school will ask each family to complete and return regardless of anticipated status.
Random Selection Drawing
A random selection drawing is required if the number of applications exceeds the number of available spaces in any grade or grouping as described above. If needed, the lottery will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5pm.
Prior to the application period, the school shall:
- Establish written procedures for conducting a random selection drawing.
- Establish the maximum number of spaces available per grade or grouping level.
- Establish the date, time, place, and person to conduct the random selection drawing.
- Notify the CSO of both the application period and the date of the random selection drawing, if needed. The CSO may have a representative on-site to monitor the random selection drawing process.
The school will use a credible, neutral third party, such as a CPA firm, government official, ISD official, or civic leader to conduct the random selection drawing. Further, the school will:
- Conduct the random selection drawing at a public meeting where parents, community members, and the public may observe the process.
- Use numbers, letters, or another system that does not give an advantage to any applicant.
The school will notify applicants not chosen in the random selection drawing that they were not selected and that their name has been placed on the school’s official waiting list for openings that may occur prior to or during the academic year. Students shall appear on the official waiting list in the order they were selected in the random selection drawing. If a student is selected in the drawing and their application indicates they have siblings who have also applied, those siblings will immediately be granted spaces or added to the preferential sibling waiting list.