STEM School for K-8 Grades | Tuition Free Public Charter School

Thank yapply now ou for your interest in enrolling your student(s) in Osceola Science Charter School! Osceola Science Charter School is a STEM-focused, tuition-free, K-8 public charter school. We are here to serve our community by offering a unique educational experience that prepares students for college and the careers of the future.

 

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VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES

In order to adhere to social distancing and other safety guidelines, Osceola Science Charter School will be conducting Open Houses for the 2021-2022 school year virtually via live streaming and Zoom breakout sessions.

Anyone interested in attending one of our Virtual Open Houses will have access to the Main Information Session via live streaming. The link to that session will be posted here, as well as on our social media outlets, the day of the Open House.

Those who submit an online application during the Open Enrollment window listed above will also receive an email with additional information on how to sign up for Breakout Sessions during an Open House at least one week prior to the first scheduled Open House session. These Breakout Sessions will be conducted via Zoom.

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ENROLLMENT WINDOW & ONLINE APPLICATION

Osceola Science Charter School is accepting applications for Kindergarten through 8th Grade for the 2021-2-22 school year.

Online Applications received during the Open Enrollment Window will be included in the Lottery Drawing. Online Applications received following the Open Enrollment Window will be added to the end of the Waitlist in the order in which they are received once the waitlist formed during the Lottery Drawing has been exhausted.

Upon successful completion of the Online Application, you will receive an on-screen confirmation, as well as an email confirmation. If you do not receive confirmation, please check your Spam folder or try to resubmit using a different browser or device. No further communication will be sent until a spot comes available for your student.

Duplicate entries are removed prior to the Lottery Drawing process ensuring each student only has one application being considered during the drawing.

Please Note: Online Applications remain valid only for the school year for which they were submitted. If your student is not drawn in the Lottery, or selected from the Waitlist, please remember to resubmit an Online Application for the following school year when it comes available in the Fall.

AGE REQUIREMENT

Incoming Kindergarten and 1st Grade students must meet the minimum age requirements as specified in Florida Statute

RESIDENCY

Students who currently reside in Osceola County will be given priority. Students residing in Orange County or other counties will be considered for enrollment if we have not reached capacity and all in-county applicants have been offered spots.

In-county applicants must provide verification of Osceola County residency at the time of registration to retain their seats. Exceptions may be made for military families or those in the process of relocating to Osceola County on a case-by-case basis with the deadline to submit verification no later than one month prior to the start of the school year.

Please refer to the Controlled Open Enrollment section below for more details.

ADMISSION POLICY

Osceola Science Charter School is open to any student who is eligible to attend traditional Osceola County public schools and submits a timely application. The school will admit students of any race, color, national origin, religion, or gender.

The deadlines for Open Enrollment, Online Applications, Lottery Date, and Open Houses will be publicly announced on the school website and available through the front office.

If the school receives more applications than the available spots, a lottery will be held.

As provided for in Florida’s Charter School Legislation, the school will give enrollment priority to the following student populations:

-           Students who are siblings of a student currently enrolled in the school, and

-           Students who are the children of an employee or governing Board Member of the charter school,

If students in these categories exceed vacancies, a Lottery will be held.

 

OPEN HOUSES

Open Houses provide an opportunity for families to explore the campus, meet students and staff, and attend a presentation that will highlight up-to-date information regarding the school’s programs.

LOTTERY DRAWING

**Modifications to the Lottery Drawing process may be conducted virtually for the 2021-2022 school year according to health and safety requirements. Refer to the table above for details as decisions are finalized.**

The Lottery Drawing is held at the address below. Applicants are welcome to attend though it is not required and will not influence the chance for enrollment. The date and time of the drawing can be found in the table above.

2849 N. John Young Pkwy

Kissimmee, FL  34741

During the Lottery process, all applications submitted during the Open Enrollment Window will have equal opportunity in the drawing. After capacity is reached, a Waitlist will be formed for each grade with the remaining applicants.

An email will be sent to those selected during the Lottery. The email will contain instructions regarding the enrollment process. It is imperative the directions are followed precisely.

WAITLIST POLICY

Students who are not drawn in the Lottery will remain on the Waitlist. Any positions that open following the Lottery will be offered first to waiting Siblings then to students on the Standard Waitlist.

The number of students on the Waitlist varies from grade to grade and year to year based on the movement of existing students and capacity changes. A student’s position on the Waitlist can generally be provided as early as April. Waitlist positions for applications submitted outside the Open Enrollment window may not be available for several weeks after submission.

SIBLING POLICY

The Sibling Policy is strictly reserved for siblings. Extended family members, friends, etc. do not qualify for Sibling preference. The only exception is in instances of Educational or Legal Guardianship being awarded to the parent of an existing student for a student who is not a sibling.

Existing Students

- For students currently enrolled with Osceola Science Charter School, should the family wish for another sibling to begin attending the school, they provide that information on the annual Re-Enrollment form and complete the Online Application for the new student. Open seats will be offered first to waiting siblings, then to students on the Standard Waitlist.

New Enrollees

- For students who have been drawn in the Lottery or pulled from the Waitlist, they will have the opportunity to request their sibling be placed on the Sibling Waitlist for their respective grade.

While we would like to enroll all siblings at the same time, it is sometimes not immediately possible due to capacity restrictions for each grade.

RE-ENROLLMENT

Once a student has gained admission to Osceola Science Charter School, they are not required to complete Online Applications or Lottery procedures for each following year. Existing students receive a Re-Enrollment form on which they indicate whether they intend to return for the following school year.

Students who specify on their Re-Enrollment form that they intend to return will be saved a seat.

Students who withdraw from the school are required to reapply and go through the Lottery and Waitlist process to try and gain readmission.

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