ADMISSIONS

         Enrollment Applications for SY 2018-2019 are no longer being accepted.

Applications deadline was 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018. All applications received by the Friday March 23rd, 2018 deadline will go into a public lottery system as more applications have been received than spaces available. The Lottery will be held on April 5, 2018.

Attendance is not required due to the small number of openings. When your child’s name is pulled in the lottery, if there is an opening in that grade, your child will be offered enrollment for SY18-19 via a phone call.

There is no advantage to early submission of an application as ALL applications received by March 24th will be put into the lottery if more applications are submitted than open slots in the grade level for which you are seeking admission.

INNOVATIONS PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL

ADMISSIONS POLICY SUMMARY

Thank you for your interest in our charter school. As a school of choice, prospective families will want to explore our website at www.ipcs.info to learn about Innovations' philosophy and instructional program. Information learned about the school will help parents understand the level of participation expected from parents and know if the Innovations' program meets their child's learning style and needs. The following summary outlines how children are admitted to our school. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to call our office at   331-3130.

Who Can Apply: Innovations has an open admission policy regarding all who wish to attend. It does not target any particular student population. It is intended that all students be admitted in compliance with state and federal mandates. The only eligibility requirement for all students is that families must agree to and support the Innovations' Student Code of Conduct.

Minimum Age Requirement: Innovations follows the Hawaii state guideline for entry age requirement for Kindergarten enrollment. Children entering kindergarten must be five (5) years old by July 31st of their entry year. Children who are younger may be developmentally unprepared to enter our program. Applications will not be considered for children who do not meet this age requirement.

Children seeking enrollment in 1st grade must meet the age requirement of having turned 6 years old by July 31st of their 1st grade year.

Volunteerism: Innovations is a school of choice open to all. Parents determine if Innovations will provide an appropriate learning environment for their child based on educational setting, expectations for students, and services available. Parents also must determine if they are willing to commit to parent participation expectations. Parent volunteers are valued at IPCS. Parent volunteers help IPCS meet the vision and goals of the school. There are many ways for parents to help. By submitting an application for your child, you are committing to active participation in the school through volunteerism.

Special Needs Applicants: The Department of Education has developed a policy regarding the enrollment of Special Education students in charter schools. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students and their families are aware of the services available at the charter school. Students who have been identified as needing Special Education Services, have an IEP, and are selected in the lottery are offered enrollment after it is determined that Innovations can provide the services needed for that child. Parents will meet with the home school and IPCS teams to determine what services are needed for their child and what services IPCS can provide. SPED students at Innovations receive services from a Special Education teacher using an inclusion model (students are not pulled out of their
classroom for servicing; rather they receive services in the classroom in their regular setting.) If SPED services are required that IPCS cannot provide, the child's placement will be at his/her home school where services can be provided.

Lottery: If more students apply for admission than space allows, the school will admit students based on a public lottery system as required by federal mandate. A lottery is a random selection process by which applicants are admitted to the charter school.
Each completed application will be drawn in random order to fill the available open slots. Once the openings are filled, the subsequent applicants will be assigned a waitlist number. In the event that more than one child from a single family has applied to the same grade level (twins), one child will be placed in the lottery and one number will be assigned to both children.

Application and Lottery Dates / Notification of Results: Applications are accepted starting February 1 up to the deadline in March. The lottery will be held the first week in April at 9 a.m. Parents and applicants do not need to be present for the drawing. Students whose names are drawn in the lottery and space is available, will be offered enrollment on on the day of the lottery via phone call. Applicants drawn and no space is available will have their name added to a waitlist. These applicants will be notified via a letter.

Admission will be granted for enrollment openings in the following order:

1.     Current Innovations students applying for the following school year will be accepted with the exception for children of staff members and Governing Board members as detailed in #2 and #3 below

2.     Children of staff, who work for 17 hours a week or more, not to exceed 10% of the total school population. Staff who do not complete one full schoolyear of employment are allowed to have their children complete the school year, but for the subsequent year, at the board’s discretion, their child may have to go through the regular enrollment process.

3.     Children of current Governing Board Members, who have successfully served at least six months of their term and submitted an enrollment application for their child by the March admissions deadline. After enrolling children of Staff as described above, if the school has not reached 10% of the total school population, the remaining number of enrollment preferences may be offered to children of current Governing Board Members; the number of available enrollment preferences, for children of current Governing Board Members, is determined by the number of children of Staff enrolled under the second enrollment preference as described above.  

4.     Kindergarten applicants that are siblings of currently enrolled students or Innovations graduates (students who have graduated from 8th grade at Innovations) who submit applications by the March deadline. Siblings are defined as children related by blood or legal relation as brother or sister. Step- children are defined as a sibling if parents are legally married. Foster children are not considered siblings for enrollment preference.

5.     “Previously Enrolled” applicants as approved by the board. Any family may submit a lottery exemption request to the school office, to be reviewed by the board. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis. Examples of exemptions provided include re-enrollment after a withdraw due to medical issues, death in family, change in custody, change in parents work location.

6.     Siblings of currently enrolled students (for all grades other than Kindergarten) that have requested to be put on the sibling waitlist by submitting an enrollment application by the March admissions application deadline.

7.     Siblings of newly admitted students for the upcoming school year (all grades) that have submitted an enrollment application to be placed on the siblings’ waitlist.

8.     Applicants applying via the lottery.

Applications to be included in the lottery will be accepted from February 1 through the fourth Friday in March at 3 p.m. for the following school year (exact dates will be established by annual admission timeline).

Eligibility Requirements: Students must be at least age (5) by July 31st of the school year for Kindergarten enrollment and age (6) for 1st grade enrollment.

The lottery date shall be held on the first Thursday in April of each year. Students will be offered admission based on space available. The director shall have the authority to leave up to 4 open enrollment seats per grade reserved for new staff children for the upcoming school year. Students not offered admission on the first Thursday in April will be placed on a waiting list via the lottery until October 15th.

During the period from the first Thursday in April to the 3rd Thursday in July, only children of newly hired staff who will be working for 17 hours a week or more will be enrolled to the extent that staff children (GB children + staff children shall not exceed 10%) do not exceed 10% of the total school population.

 Beginning on the third Thursday in July, all remaining enrollment seats held for children of new staff members that were not filled shall be offered for admission based on an established admissions order via lottery.

 Siblings of students that were offered enrollment based on the April admissions may be added to the sibling waitlist. These new students’ siblings will have a lottery for order of admittance which will take place on the third Thursday in July. Siblings not offered an enrollment seat will remain on the sibling waitlist. Sibling waitlists will carry over from year-to-year.

Applicants on the waitlists will continue to be offered enrollment as space becomes available based on the admissions preference order, until official count date for charter schools. After the official enrollment count date, no new students will be enrolled.

The “Previously enrolled” waitlist and the “Siblings” waitlist will carry over to the following year. The “Lottery” wait list will be purged as of October 15th. New lotteries will be held the following year for grades that may have space available.

Students accepted for enrollment are notified by telephone and/or email. Students accepted for enrollment via the lottery are notified within a week of the lottery in April. Applicants offered enrollment will be given 48 hours to respond to an offer. If a family cannot be reached and/or did not respond to the phone call or email, the school will offer that spot to the next eligible applicant.

Any student who does not attend within the first 10 days of the school year may be considered as forfeiting their enrollment slot due to non-attendance. The governing board reserves the right to review each situation on a case-by-case basis.