How To Enroll Your Child
Below is an excerpt from the Snowy Range Academy Handbook that addresses our enrollment policy.
It is the policy of Snowy Range Academy that every child, regardless of disability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, or ancestry have equal access to a free and appropriate public education. Furthermore, admission will be offered publicly to Kindergarten through 9th-grade students with an effort to invite all families in Albany County School District #1 to carefully review the SRA Charter and enroll their children if the parents value the school’s philosophy and educational offering.
In order to comply with federal and state charter school statutes, a lottery must be used for enrollment in the event more students apply for admission to SRA than can be admitted.
Federal statute allows priority to be given to the following students:
- children who completed the previous school year at SRA,
- children of founding members,
- children of administrators, teachers and staff, and
- siblings of currently enrolled students.
The school will accept and record, on an on-going basis, letters of intent for children whose parents desire to enroll them. Potential students may be added to the enrollment pool at any time during the year. To be included in the enrollment pool for the upcoming school year, parents must complete the letter of intent form by no later than April 1st . The lottery will be held for each classroom in which demand exceeds supply on April 15th. This lottery determines the initial enrollment for the upcoming school year. Names may be drawn again before the start of school, if other openings occur.
To avoid splitting families, the oldest child will be entered in the lottery, and if that child is selected for admission, any younger siblings will be automatically admitted to their respective grade levels, if there is space. If the oldest child is not selected, the next younger siblings will be entered into the lottery for his or her grade level, and so forth.
Placement tests are given to all prospective students to ensure that they will be placed in a grade level where they will be most successful. The school principal will review this information and recommend an appropriate grade for your child prior to the lottery drawing. If your child’s academic ability does not meet grade level expectations for our school, your child will need to be placed on the lottery for a higher or a lower grade.