Enrollment Policy

Prospect Academy is a school designed for students with diagnoses of autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and ADHD, or those who might have similar profiles or learning styles to the aforementioned diagnoses. However, as a public charter school, Prospect Academy is open to all students, even those without one of the aforementioned diagnoses. In addition, Prospect Academy does not discriminate against applicants, students, or their families in its enrollment practices or in any of its activities or operations on the basis of: race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, political affiliation, creed, color, ancestry, need for special education services, or any other legally protected status.
All students, even those with significant needs and students who may have struggled in other public-school environments, are encouraged to submit an enrollment request. While enrollment decisions will not be based on a student’s need for special education services, it is possible that the School may not be an appropriate placement for the student under IDEA, and an IEP team meeting will need to be convened to consider the change in placement. For students with more significant needs, the students’ IEP will be reviewed by a team that includes representatives from the School and the family to ensure that the school would be able to meet the requirements of the students’ Individualized Education Plan (IEP). If it is determined that the School may not be able to effectively meet the students’ needs, as needed, an IEP team meeting will be scheduled to determine an appropriate placement for the student; this would happen after the lottery takes place.
Typically, Round 1 of the enrollment process closes mid-January; this round is conducted by random lottery at the end of January each year and according to the school-established priorities defined below. Any students not chosen during the Round 1 lottery will go on a waiting list established by lottery numbers that will then be used to enroll students as slots open. In the case of more student demand than space available, students will be admitted and placed on the waiting list in order of the priorities established below (for example, a staff child not admitted during the lottery would be at the top of the waiting list, followed by children of founders, siblings, etc). Round 2 opens after Round 1 closes and is on-going on a first-come, first-served basis until the next school year starts; students enrolling during Round 2 are placed on the waiting list based on the priorities established below.
Enrollment Priorities:
  • Current Prospect Academy students.
  • Children of current staff members.* For purposes of this policy a “staff member” is any individual formally employed by the School who receives an I.R.S. Form W-2 from the School and works on average a minimum of 10 hours per week.
  • Children of founders.* Founders are defined as the Board of Directors and members of formal founding committees at the time of the application submission on March 16, 2020.
  • Siblings. Sibling priority will be given to a prospective student if they have a currently enrolled sibling at Prospect Academy that intends to return the following school year. Siblings includes all children whose primary caregiver is also the primary caregiver of another student or who has at least 50% joint custody of the student (including half siblings, step-siblings, adopted siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, etc.

*Children of current staff members and children of founders will not exceed 20% of total lottery enrollment in any given year.

Each year, families of returning students will need to affirm their decision to stay at the school through the Enroll Jeffco system and according to the timeline established by the district (typically before the Round 1 deadline). Prospect Academy will always prioritize enrollment for returning students.
In terms of the amount of time a family has between receiving notice of an opening and accepting a spot at the school, the school will follow the district’s guidelines and process. Under the current process, the family has 3 calendar days to accept an offer of enrollment. Prospect Academy intends to adhere to this same timeline. If the district changes this timeline as part of the Enroll Jeffco process, Prospect Academy will adopt the timeline being used by the district.
As a school of choice, Prospect Academy does not provide transportation unless it is required in the student’s IEP. Prospect Academy will make bus tickets available for older students who are indigent and able to use public transportation.
High school parents and students should note that a change of schools may affect athletic eligibility. Families should contact the school’s Academic Director/Enrollment Coordinator with questions.

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