OPEN ENROLLMENT/LOTTERY – TOP
Admission is by lottery, drawn in late February from applications submitted during the “designated application period” between January 7 – February 21. (see calendar below). Only completed applications will be considered for the lottery. (see checklist below.)
Once all openings have been filled, a waiting list is developed by lottery from the remaining applications that were submitted during the designated application period.
After February 21, new applications are accepted and placed on the waiting list behind applications submitted during the designated application period. No new applications will be accepted after June 15, 2013.
We are one school (Dallas Community Charter) with two campuses (East Dallas Community School and Lindsley Park Community School) located within one mile of each other. When you apply, you will apply to both campus sites. You may express a preference of one site over another, but in order to maximize your chances of acceptance, we will offer you a spot at the first available campus. You can accept a spot at your second choice school, or you may choose to decline this spot and keep yourself on the wait list of the other campus.
ADMISSION PRIORITIES - TOP
- Age available openings. We accept a specific number of three year olds (as of Sept 1, 2013) and older children on a space-available basis.
- Children of three and four years of age who Qualify for state–funded education. Spaces for children who do not qualify are also available.
- Children from our Service area, which is bounded by East Grand, Beacon and the Santa Fe Trail. (See map below.)
- Siblings of current charter school students.
Admission will not be based on gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, academic, artistic, or athletic ability, of the district the child would otherwise attend. In addition, Dallas Community Charter School admits students without regard for the above descriptors to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Dallas Community Charter School is in compliance with the federal IDEA regulations with respect to serving students with disabilities.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND CALENDAR - TOP
|December 2012||Applications Available for 2013-14 School Year. Pick up applications at either school campus.|
|January 7 – February 21, 2013||Designated Application Period. – Submit your completed application at either school campus.|
|End February-Early March||LOTTERY HELD. Families notified of acceptance or wait list status.|
|February 22 – June 15||Applications accepted and placed on the wait list behind applications submitted during the designated application period.|
|June 15||Last day to submit applications for 2013-14 school year.|
ADMISSION CHECKLIST - TOP
- Application Form
- Parent Statement of Understanding (included in Application Packet)
- Copy of Child’s Birth Certificate
- Proof of Residency (if you live outside the service area, write NA.)
- Income Statement (If you do not fall below the guidelines, write NA.)
If your child will be 3 or 4 years old as of 9/1/13, you may be asked for additional Eligibility Documentation in order for the child’s application to be complete.
TUITION AND FEES - Pregnancy to Age 3 Program - TOP
- Parents as Teachers Program – Free
- Infant/Toddler Program – All students $ 455 /month
Tuition Reduction for Toddler Program: Parents can reduce their monthly tuition by devoting up to 6 hours per month towards parent involvement hours in our school. For each hour of parent involvement, tuition is reduced by $10, allowing parents to reduce tuition by a total of $60/month. Hours are cumulative and can carry over to the next month or school year should additional hours be accrued.
Parent involvement hours can be earned in many ways: attending parent conferences and workshops, volunteering in campus facility improvement projects, making classroom materials at home, tending to the garden, just to name a few.
TUITION AND FEES – Ages 3-9 Charter School Program
Tuition and fees are paid monthly, for each of the nine school year months, on the first day of the month. If families wish to pay weekly, they may do so as well.
Students fall into two categories
- “eligible”: students who qualify for state funding
- “non-eligible”: students who do not qualify for state funding
To determine if your child is “eligible”:
- See chart below titles “Federal Income Guidelines 2012-2013″
- Upon application to our school, you must submit an income statement that indicates your family’s income falls within the federal guidelines. (see chart below)
- In August upon the school year start, you must again verify your income has remained within federal guidelines.
SCHOOL DAY TUITION
3 and 4 Year Olds
- “Eligible” Free Tuition
- “Non-Eligible” $ 436 /month
- “Eligible” Free Tuition
- “Non-eligible” Free Tuition
Grades 1 – 3
- “Eligible” Free Tuition
- “Non-eligible” Free Tuition
TUITION AND FEES - Additional Programs
7 – 8:00 am Before Care
- Eligible $ 13/month
- Non-eligible $ 27/month
3 – 6:00 pm After Care
- Eligible $ 113/month
- Non-eligible $ 201/month
- Eligible for Free Meals * .00 cents/ meal
- Eligible for Reduced Meals * .30 Cents/meal
- Non-eligible for free/reduced meals * $1.15/meal
*Eligibility is again determined by following federal income guidelines. See chart above. You will submit an application for the breakfast program in August at the beginning of school.
FEDERAL INCOME GUIDELINES – 2012 – 2013
48 Contiguous States, D.C., Guam and Territories
|Persons in Family or Household Size||
|Each Add’l Member Add||+$7,326||+611||+306||+282||+141|
If your household is larger, please contact the school for further information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - TOP
How good of a chance do I stand for admission if I live outside the service area?
This is impossible to say. Each year our admission situation differs. We aim to balance our ratio of three, four, and five year olds in each primary class. We never know exactly how many students within the service area will apply. We always do have students admitted from outside the service area, but that number can vary greatly, depending upon the pool of applicants and our current student openings.
How does it get determined if my four year old can stay until 3:00?
This decision is strictly made by the student’s teacher and school director. One of the many beauties of a Montessori education is that our schools are structured to meet each child’s own individual needs and timetable for development. We strive to meet each child where they are. Therefore, when the child is deemed ready, both academically and emotionally/socially, the teacher and school director will meet with the parent. If all are in agreement then a decision will be made to move the child towards increased work time and a longer school day or to keep the child in his/her current situation.
Do I apply to one school or both? Does it help to express preference?
You will apply to both schools at one time on the common application. You may express preference for one school if you wish, but in order to maximize your chances of acceptance we will offer you a spot at the first available school. If you wish to decline that spot, you may, and your name can remain on the wait list for the other school.
When must my child turn three in order for her/him to be admitted into the 3 year old program?
Children must be three years of age by September 1 of the school year, in order to be considered for admission into the primary age classroom (3 – 6yrs).
Are toddlers able to enroll in the school’s additional programs?
There are no before or after care programs available for children under 3 years old, other than the 3 hour classroom session.
Do students in the infant toddler program gain automatic acceptance into the charter school at age 3?
No. The toddler program is a private program and the charter school program is public and separate. Toddler students must apply and enter the lottery for charter admission. Siblings of currently enrolled charter school students and those within the service area are given priority.
How does the lottery work?
Names are randomly drawn (with the help of staff and parent participants) for each age category. Every child is given a number. For each age grouping, children are chosen to enroll, based on need. We begin by calling the child that is ‘1’ and proceed down the list until enrollment needs are met. All other children continue to be on the waiting list and are called, should a space become available.
What are the chances of my kindergartener or elementary age child getting admitted?
Most of the children enter the school at age 3 or 4. There are usually 10 – 12 slots available for children K-3rd grade.
CONTACT AND TOUR INFORMATION - TOP
We strongly encourage you to visit both our campuses. School personnel are eager to introduce you to our warm, vibrant, nurturing community of learners and our unique Montessori program.
Please contact our school offices to schedule a tour. The optimal time to see the school is of course during school hours, especially during the early morning hours between 8:30 – 11:00 when all our children are engaged in work. If your schedule only allows you to visit at other hours, then we are happy to accommodate your needs.
For Tours of Lindsley Park Community School, contact Laura Santillan at 214-321-9155. Preferred times of tours are Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:00 am.
For Tours of East Dallas Community School, contact Suzanne Yaffe at 214-824-8950. Preferred times of tours are mornings at 9:00 am.
For General School Admission Questions, please feel free to call the front office:
East Dallas Community School
Lindsley Park Community School