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

Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child 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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IMPORTANT: We have implemented a new Online Application process that encompasses our entire school system. In this new format, you will see contact information for Osceola Science Charter School and also our other system schools of Seminole Science Charter School and Orlando Science Charter School. Please disregard the information for the other system schools if you are only interested in applying to Orlando Science School.

If, however, you are wanting to apply to more than one school in our system (e.g. Seminole Science AND Orlando Science) you may do so very easily by putting one as your First School of Choice and the other as your Second School of Choice within one Online Application. Your student will then be included in the Lottery Drawing/Waitlist for the selected schools according to the choice order submitted.

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Applications are still being accepted for the 2021 • 2022 school year. To apply click below.

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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

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.

 

2849 N John Young Pkwy,

Kissimmee, FL 34741

 

The 2022-2023 school year Lottery Drawing will be held on Saturday, January 29 at 12:00 pm.

During the Lottery process, all applications submitted during the Open Application 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 within two weeks. The email will contain instructions regarding the enrollment process. It is imperative the instructions are followed precisely.

Questions?

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OPEN APPLICATION WINDOW & ONLINE APPLICATION

Osceola Science Charter School is accepting applications for Kindergarten through 8th Grade for the 2022-2023 school year.

Online Applications received during the Open Application Window will be included in the Lottery Drawing. Online Applications received following the Open Application Window will be added to the end of the Waitlist in the order in which they are received.

Upon successful completion of the Online Application, you will receive an on-screen confirmation, as well as an email confirmation. You will also be able to revisit your account Dashboard at any time to view your submissions. 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 Grade 1 students must meet the minimum age requirements as specified in Florida Statute.

 

RESIDENCY

Students who currently reside in Osceola County will be given priority. Applicants must provide verification of Osceola County residency at the time of enrollment. Exceptions may be made for 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 following the Lottery Drawing. 

Please refer to the Controlled Open Application 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 Application, 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,
  •          Students who are the children of an employee or governing Board Member of the school.

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

 

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. If an Online Application was submitted during the Open Application Window, the student’s waitlist position will be provided by email via a unique link that can be accessed at any time to view future changes in position. Waitlist positions for applications submitted outside the Open Application window are available upon request.

 

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, 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.

 

CONTROLLED OPEN APPLICATION

Osceola Science Charter School has implemented a Controlled Open Application Plan as of the 2019-2020 school year in compliance with State regulations. The school will allow a parent from any school district in the state, whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension, to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to our school provided that we have not yet reached capacity, subject to the maximum class size which is mandated by the State of Florida. The school would be considered "not at capacity" if all in-county applicants have been offered a spot but vacancies still remain. At that point, out-of-county applicants would be contacted.

Transportation service is not currently available.

Students who currently attend Osceola Science Charter School and move out of the county will have the option of remaining enrolled as Transfer Student.

Transfers will remain in effect unless:

• Student is excessively tardy or absent as per Osceola County policy.

• Parents are excessively late picking students up from the After School Care Program.

• Student is referred for disciplinary action.

If any of these occur, the student will be withdrawn.

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