We Are Still Accepting Applications for 2020/2021- HURRY! We Are Runnning Out of Spots!
Does CIJS Accept Applications After the Deadline?
Yes, but any applications received after the deadline will not be included in the initial lottery drawing. However, they will continued to be accepted and kept on file in case any future lottery drawings take place for the 2020/2021 school year.
Does CIJS Accept Students Who Do Not Live In Osceola County?
Yes, students who reside out of county will be eligible to submit a lottery application by the deadline and will be enrolled contingent upon available openings. Out of county residents will not be included in the first lottery drawing. After the initial lottery drawing, a second drawing will take place if there are available openings. The out of county applicants MUST turn in their application by the deadline if they want to be included in the initial “Out of county” lottery drawing. Subsequent lotteries may occur on a weekly basis if openings are still available with the idea that “in county residents” will always be entered in the first weekly drawing and “out of county” residents will be entered in the second weekly drawing. Once your child is admitted to the school, siblings will then fall under the preference category.
How Does the Lottery Process Work?
CIJS will be accepting lottery applications for students in VPK through 5th grade. We will base the number of classes per grade levels offered contingent upon the applications received.
CIJS of St. Cloud will admit all eligible students (described in the Florida Statutes) based on the lottery drawing whose applications meet the submission deadline and have a signed parent participation agreement. The number of children accepted will be limited to CIJS of St. Cloud capacity (at the grade, class or charter school level). In the case of maximum enrollment, CIJS of St. Cloud will conduct a random lottery drawing, which will choose students for enrollment according to the order in which their number is selected. Each child will be assigned a number that will be drawn randomly. If two children from the same family have enrolled in the lottery and one child’s number is drawn, the sibling will also be selected and either placed in the classroom or on the wait list contingent upon the order in which the child was selected. When capacity for a grade level is reached, remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which their number was drawn. They will be contacted (in order) and asked if they want to enroll their child when a spot becomes available. If the enrollment falls short of the available capacity, and there are no students on the waiting list for that grade level, there will be a weekly lottery to fill vacancies.
Initial offers for enrollment will take place by phone and email. Subsequent offers will be via phone OR email. The parent/guardian must give a written notice of acceptance within 2 business days (by 5:00 P.M) of receipt of the admittance notification by CIJS. After your official written notice of acceptance, you are required to complete a registration packet to secure your spot. Enrollment will NOT be completed until registration packets are submitted to the school by the posted deadline. Families who decline enrollment or neglect to submit their registration packets on time will forfeit their spot at CIJS.
CIJS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, ancestry, creed, marital status, citizenship status, military or veteran status, national origin, disability, age or any other legally protected characteristic.
How Do I Access the Lottery Application?
Click the online lottery application link in the middle of this page or go to the lottery application page on our website.
How Do I Access the Registration Packet AFTER I Have Been Contacted With the Good News that My Child's Number Was Randomly Chosen in the Lottery?
All of the enrollment forms for the registration process is done through our parent portal. This is the same portal where you applied for the lottery. You will receive notices through there regarding the status of your children.
What Students Have Preference?
Pursuant to F.S. 1002.33(10)(d), and the charter agreement, a charter school may give enrollment preference to the following student populations:
Sibling: Sister, brother, step sister and step brother (Legal documentation will be requested)
Children: Daughter, son, step-daughter, step-son, child who have a guardian who is considered a parent (Legal documentation will be requested)
Preference will take place in this order:
- Students who are children of a member of the Governing Board
- Students who are children of an employee
- Students who are siblings of a student enrolled in the charter school
- Students who have completed a voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) education program by the charter school or sister school during the previous year
- Students who are of an active duty member of any branch of service
- Osceola County residents
- Students in other counties as permitted by statute