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Admission & Enrollment Policy

The goal of the admissions policy of Redding School of the Arts is to attract, enroll and retain the broadest spectrum of students and families representative of the rich diversity existing in the County.  The residence of the student or parent/guardian must be within Shasta County or its contiguous counties. Redding School of the Arts identifies the following admission requirements and parameters for all students, including school-based students and home school students and including both Regular and Special Education students.

Furthermore, the School does not discriminate against any student based on actual or perceived characteristics of nationality, race, ethnicity, immigration status, religion, sex, gender, ethnic group identification, age, national origin, ancestry, genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or other category protected by law. (AB9)

Interested families must submit an application for admittance for each student and must have each application validated. Applications are validated by attending an orientation meeting during which the program, parent requirements, admission policies and lottery procedures will be explained, and by submitting a copy of the student's current report card with attendance history by the designated date of the fourth Friday in April.

Admission and Requirements for Admission

The School is open to any student in the State of California who meets the admissions requirements described herein. In the event that the number of pupils who wish to attend the School exceeds the school’s capacity, attendance (except for existing pupils of the charter school grades kindergarten through eighth) shall be determined by a public random drawing, the process for which is described below.

Admission Eligibility and Requirements: In order to be eligible for enrollment in the School classroom program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • All students must have been fully immunized and present the appropriate health examination record in accordance with the California Health and Safety Code.
  • All students must meet minimum age requirements as applicable under California law and with grade level placement in accordance with RSA board policy.
  • No student may concurrently attend a private school that charges the students family for tuition.
  • All students shall be documented as residents of the State of California.
  • If enrolled in an independent study program, a student shall be documented as a resident of the county in which the charter school reports its apportionment claims or an adjacent county.
  • No student will be admitted if he/she has been previously expelled from another educational institution. Sixth through eighth grade students applying for admission must meet the admission criteria including an active interest in an area of visual or performing arts and have Redding School of the Arts Governing Board approval. Governing Board may appoint and review committee to provide a recommendation for each admission.

    Admission Eligibility and Requirements Independent Study Program: In order to be eligible for enrollment in the School Independent Study program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • All students must have been fully immunized and present the appropriate health examination record in accordance with the California Health and Safety Code to participate in electives, enrichment or onsite lab classes. Students who do not meet immunization requirements will serviced in a similar, appropriate manner as possible in accordance with the California Health and Safety Code.
  • All students must meet minimum age requirements as applicable under California law and with grade level placement in accordance with RSA board policy.
  • No student may concurrently attend a private school that charges the students family for tuition.
  • All students shall be documented as residents of the State of California.
  • If enrolled in an independent study program, a student shall be documented as a resident of the county in which the charter school reports its apportionment claims or an adjacent county.

    No student will be admitted if he/she has been previously expelled from another educational institution. In order to ensure that all students will be placed appropriately and benefit fully from the education program, the following pre-admission procedures will be enforced. Failure to comply with any of these procedures may result in denial of admission. An admitted student may be removed from the School if failure to comply with these procedures is discovered after admission has been granted. All eligible students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete applications for admission must be submitted to the School no later than the deadline published for that school year (April).
  • The application for admission shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Authorization for the School to request and receive student records from all schools the student has previously attended or is currently attending;
    • Proof of full immunization or exception from the requirement:
    • Proof of health examinations required by the Health and Safety Code;
    • Proof of age with the application for admission;
    • Proof of residency;
  • Parents/guardians/caregivers shall attend a pre-admission orientation meeting or its equivalent;
  • The Parent Involvement Agreement shall be signed and returned to the School with the application for admission. The body of educational research shows a compelling correlation between parent participation in a school and their child’s academic success.
  • Parents/guardians and students, per the Family Handbook, agree to flexibility in scheduling.

The School shall follow any required procedures for the transfer of a program between SELPAs. Additionally, each application will be reviewed by staff to ensure it is complete before the student will be considered for admission. Each application will include a description of the School’s dispute resolution process. Any student that has been denied admission for failure to meet the School’s Admission Requirements and Process may avail him/herself to this process for reconsideration.

Students exempted from the lottery under items (3) and (4) together will not to exceed 10% of the student population.

 Preferences For Grades K-5

In the event that there are more students applying for admission than available space, preferences shall be extended in the following order of priority:

  1. Pupils currently attending the School;
  2. Children and grandchildren of staff members who are currently employed at least .5FTE or those employees who were hired in 1999 and worked for a minimum of 2 years. (not to exceed 10% of the total student population) and who have an interest in the visual and performing arts;
  3. Siblings of students currently enrolled in the School who reside in the residence for at least 49% of the time and who have an interest in the visual and performing arts;

Preferences For Middle School (Grades 6-8)

In the event that there are more students applying for admission than available space, preferences shall be extended in the following order of priority for students who demonstrate and have been pursuing an interest in visual or performing arts:

  1. Pupils of the School, who have met the following minimum qualifications:
  2. Current outside interest verification on file;
  3. Children and grandchildren of staff members who are currently employed at least .5FTE or those employees who were hired in 1999 and worked for a minimum of 2 years. (not to exceed 10% of the total student population) and who have an interest in the visual and performing arts;

     

    Enrollment Process and Guidelines

    There is an open enrollment period each year, which will be advertised within the school community so that all interested students may have an equal opportunity to apply for admission. The deadline for accepting applications will be clearly stated.

     The process for enrollment proceeds as follows, (not necessarily in the exact order provided): o       The School will determine class size/configuration for the school year;

    • The School will solicit from current students their intention to return the following year;
    • TheSchoolwillsolicitfromparents/guardiansofcurrentstudentstheirintention to applyfor admission for siblings of current students;
    • The School will solicit from founders, staff members, and board members their intention to apply for admission for their children;
    • The School will establish and hold an open enrollment period so that all interested students may have an equal opportunity to apply for admission;
    • The School will determine the number of returning students at each level;
    • The School will determine the number of openings for new students at each level;
    • The School will hold a random public drawing, if necessary; and
    • The School will notify the families of the applicants who are accepted and rejected.

      Non-accepted families will be placed on the wait list in the order in which the students are drawn from the random public drawing. Children who complete the application process after the published deadline will be added to the next lottery pool if a wait list already exists.

      A wait list is maintained from year to year. Once on the wait list, a student would remain in that position until he/she is offered a spot in the school or expresses no further interest. During enrollment, volunteers and paid employees return calls and answer questions from prospective families. If families from the wait list are offered a position, they must accept that position within three business days or if they decline or fail to respond within three business days they may be removed from the wait list or placed at the bottom of the wait list if they desire. If they decline twice or fail to respond within three days the application will be removed from the wait list.

       To enroll and participate in RSA's independent study program, parents and students must agree to support the following program requirements:

  • Parents and Students recognize that the Independent Study Program is an optional alternative on a voluntary basis to students who wish to keep up their academic progress. No student may be required to participate in this experience. The parent/guardian agrees to provide the necessary amount of instructional time appropriate for the completion of this agreement.

     

  • Redding School of the Arts will provide the teacher services, instructional materials, and other necessary items and resources as specified for each assignment.
  • Student work must be seen by the teacher on the designated appointment day.

     

  • The parent/guardian, student and designated teacher will generally meet every two weeks at a time agreed upon by both parties at the school. The meetings will be conducted in a conference format.
  • According to Redding School of the Arts Policy for Independent Study, no more than four weeks or 20 school days may elapse between when an assignment is made by the teacher and the date it is due, unless an exception is made in accordance with this policy. Assigned work will be evaluated by the teacher. One day of apportionment will be granted for each day of classroom work completed. The student's work will be evaluated in the same manner that it would be if he/she were completing the work in the classroom.
  • The parent/guardian understands that, if adequate work records are not maintained and/or if the student has five days of unexcused absences, the appropriateness of home study as an instructional environment will be reviewed.

 Lottery Procedures

In the event that the number of students that have applied for admission in any grade level exceeds available capacity, Redding School of the Arts will implement a public random lottery to admit students. The lottery will be conducted pursuant to the preferences and principles listed below. The lottery procedures outlined below only govern student admission to Redding School of the Arts II or an admissions waiting list. It does not determine classroom placement and the school retains sole authority to make classroom assignments.

As indicated above, students from prior years' lotteries will be admitted or retain their position on the waiting list. Lottery results will determine the order of admission in each grade, with new lottery results being added below names on the existing waiting list. Parents and students formally apply for a place in the lottery by submitting a completed validated application. Applications are validated by attending an orientation meeting during which the academic program, parent requirements, admission policy and lottery procedures are explained in further detail, and by submitting a copy of the child's current report card with attendance history by the Friday before the lottery. An application review committee will screen applications and qualifying applications will be included in the lottery. The first draw will be from applications received no later than January 22nd and the second draw (in the event that space remains) from applications received no later than the 3rd Friday in April. The lottery will be drawn youngest to oldest, beginning with kindergarten. The order of admittance within each grade will be done by drawing numbers that have been assigned to names. The available spaces will be filled from the ordered lists created from the draws. The lottery will typically be scheduled for the first Tuesday in May.

Students admitted will receive a letter mid-May verifying their placement. Students placed on the waiting list will receive a verification letter stating their place on the waiting list. It is not necessary for applicants or parents/guardians to be present at the lottery. In the event of a vacancy, the school will admit students pursuant to the order specified on the waiting list and the school may require immediate enrollment in the school so as to avoid vacancies during the course of the school year.

Adopted: April 15, 2009

Amended: April 21, 2011

Amended: June 19, 2014

Amended: Oct. 15, 2015

Amended: Jun 21, 2018