NOW ENROLLING for 2020/2021!

We are located on the corner of Old Hickory Tree Rd. and 192 (E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy).

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Do I have to pay tuition to attend CIJS?

No, CIJS is a tuition FREE public charter school, therefore you do not need to pay tuition during the regular school day. Any child attending the before or after school k-5 program or the wrap around pre-k program need to pay tuition for that portion of the day ONLY.  CIJS enrolls students via a lottery drawing. Click Here to View Lottery Policies

Will you accept students who do not reside in Osceola County?

Yes, students are permitted to turn in an application if they do not live in Osceola County. Click here to get more details regarding the lottery policies.

What grades will you offer?

CIJS  accepts application for students in pre-k through fifth grade. We base the number of classes per grade offered contingent upon the applications received.  The initial lottery will take place in March. Subsequent lottery drawings occur weekly until all vacancies are filled.

When will you begin accepting applications?

Applications are now being accepted for 2020/202 for pre-k through 5th grade.

How old does my kindergartener have to be to enroll at CIJS?

We follow state requirements which means your child must be 5 before Sept. 1.

Are uniforms required?

Yes, CIJS requires students to wear particular attire. Click on the link below to view our uniform and dress code policies. Click Here to View Dress Code Policies

Will you provide extended day care (Before/After School)?

Yes, CIJS contracts with ASP who provides before care beginning at 6:30 A.M. and will provide after care until 6:00 P.M. VPK wrap is provided through CIJS. Click on the link below for more information. Click here to View Extended Day Care Information

Will you provide camps?

Yes, we anticipate that ASP will provide summer camps. More details to come when registration begins.

Is CIJS primarily an agriculturally based school?

No, Agriculture is just one component offered. CIJS has a blended curriculum where we implement standards using a ground-breaking approach in an organized manner, through interdisciplinary learning. We integrate a project-based method of teaching with the Reggio inspired philosophy along with an agriculture based component. Due to our uniquely blended approach to curricular material, we are able to meet the needs of diverse students, and are able to differentiate instruction for each child regardless of his or her learning style.

Are the students required to take the state tests?

Yes, CIJS is required by law to administer the state assessments, however, our unique approach to learning allows our students to understand and apply their knowledge to the tests and real world vs memorizing content and regurgitating it which is why we have such a success rate in our Winter Springs sister school location with our VPK state assessments.

Sister school in Winter Springs VPK State Assessment Scores (CIJS of Winter Springs):

2015/2016 State Scores: FIRST YEAR OFFERING VPK CIJS BOASTED 100% PASSAGE RATE WITH A 91.74% AVERAGE (WITH MANY OF THE STUDENTS IN THE CATEGORY OF EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS).

2016/2017 State Scores: SECOND YEAR OFFERING VPK BOASTED 100% PASSAGE RATE WITH A 90.9% AVERAGE (WITH MANY OF THE STUDENTS IN THE CATEGORY OF EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS).

2017/2018 State Scores: THIRD YEAR OFFERING VPK BOASTED 100% PASSAGE RATE WITH A 92.47% AVERAGE (WITH MANY OF THE STUDENTS IN THE CATEGORY OF EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS).

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Do you accept volunteers?

Yes, Parents are required to volunteer a minimum of 25 hours per school year. Parents who have more than one child are required to volunteer a minimum of 35 hours. Opportunities include the PTO, classroom help, fundraisers, school events, tutoring, mentoring, marketing, building items for the school, or any other way the family and school agree they can contribute.  Alternative family members may volunteer if the parent/guardian is unable to partake.

POLICY FOR PARENTS WHO CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL EVENTS

In the event a parent feels they would like to be more involved in the school but cannot due to their work schedule or other conflicts, we will help them find a project or area which they can do on their own time. A member of the leadership staff will meet with the parent to find their area of interest. We will offer suggestions based on their interests and time. The following are a couple of examples:

• If the parent likes to sew, you can offer to have them make curtains for classroom windows. If This will count towards your volunteer hours.

• If a parent likes to build, you can offer to make light tables, shelves, tables for the classrooms etc.

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