How Enrollment Works
Admission and enrollment of students shall be open to persons who reside within the geographic boundaries stated in the Life School charter and who are eligible for admission based on lawful criteria identified in the charter and in law. The total number of students enrolled in Life School shall not exceed the number of students approved in the charter or subsequent amendments.
It is the policy of Life School to comply with all state and federal regulations regarding admission and not to discriminate during the admission and enrollment process on the basis of sex; national origin; ethnicity; religion; disability; academic, artistic, or athletic ability; or the district the child would otherwise attend under state law.
Exception to Admission
As authorized by Texas Education Code § 12.111(a)(5)(A), Life School reserves the right to deny admission to students with a documented history of a criminal offense, a juvenile court adjudication, or other discipline problems listed under Texas Education Code Chapter 37, Subchapter A.
If Life School determines that an applicant’s Admission Application contains knowingly incomplete or falsified information concerning his or her prior discipline history that would otherwise exclude the applicant from eligibility to enroll in Life School, Life School may either (1) automatically reject the applicant’s Admission Application or (2) revoke the applicant’s admission to Life School if the student has already begun attending Life School.
Submission of Applications and Admissions Lottery
Life School requires all applicants for admission to submit a completed Admission Application form in order to be considered for admission. The Board of Directors or designee sets the campus date(s) for Open Registration. Open Registration applications are accepted beginning the first week of March based on the schedule approved and published by Life School and according to the following procedures:
- Initially, the campus will re-enroll current students and intercampus transfers.
- The campus then determines open positions by first placing current students, intercampus transfers, and students with priority under federal law, i.e., siblings of current students and children of Life School’s teachers and staff (so long as the priority student has timely submitted an Admission Application and, in cases of children of Life School’s teachers and staff, so long as the total number of students allowed under this exemption from the lottery constitutes only a small percentage of the school’s total enrollment) into appropriate spots for the next school year.
- Once steps 1 and 2 have been accomplished, the campus will notify the Life School administration.
- Open Registration will be conducted for a minimum of three (3) weeks.
- If, at the close of Open Registration, the number of applicants is not greater than the number of available positions, applicants will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration thereafter shall remain open and ongoing, and students shall be placed in available spots for each class having openings.
- If, at the close of Open Registration, the number of applicants exceeds available positions, a lottery (described below) will be conducted for the campus.
- If the Admission Application indicates that an applicant has a documented history of a criminal offense, a juvenile court adjudication, or other discipline problems under Subchapter A, Chapter 37 of the Education Code, the enrolling parent/guardian must submit to the campus registrar or designee additional discipline records demonstrating that the applicant is eligible for admission to Life School so that the Chief Academic Officer or designee may determine whether the applicant may be placed into an admissions lottery or placed into an available position. An applicant may not be placed into an available position or be placed into an admissions lottery if his or her discipline records are not received by the time the lottery takes place. If complete disciplinary information is timely provided, the Chief Academic Officer or designee must review the history to determine whether the applicant is eligible for admission. If so, the applicant may be placed into an open position or placed into an admissions lottery.
The campus administration will conduct an admissions lottery for each class in which there are more eligible applicants than available spaces at the conclusion of the Open Registration period. The lottery will be conducted according to the following procedures:
- The names and grade levels of all applicants completing the Admission Application will be compiled in the online enrollment system.
- The campus principal or designee will conduct the lottery via the online enrollment system, in which the computer program will randomly generate a lottery list of applicants. Admission spaces will be filled in the order generated through the computer lottery until all available spaces are filled. Thereafter, additional student names will be placed onto a waiting list based in the order they submitted an online and/or paper application.
- Parents whose students have been selected to be offered an available position (i.e., offered admission) will be contacted by the campus via the online enrollment system with instructions on how to accept the offer of admission (the “Notice of Offer of Admission”). Once contacted, parents of students selected for an available position will have at least 48 hours (or as otherwise specified in the Notice of Offer of Admission) to notify the campus registrar via the online enrollment system. Failure to notify the campus of acceptance of admission by the deadline specified will be considered a declination of the offer of admission. A voluntary or involuntary declination is an irrevocable decision and the position will be immediately offered to students on the waiting list in the order they appear.
- Once the lottery has placed all eligible applicants in order on the list or waiting list, and all available spaces have been filled, all subsequent applicants will be placed on the waiting list on a first come, first-served basis. Applicants who have indicated a previous discipline history but did not provide complete disciplinary records before the admissions lottery will also be placed on the waiting list. Such applicants may be granted admission after submitting complete discipline records and a determination by Life School that the student is eligible for admission.
Federal guidelines permit Life School to exempt from the lottery students who are already attending the school, siblings of students already attending the School (so long as the sibling has timely submitted a completed Admission Application), and children of Life School’s current teachers and staff (so long as the child has timely submitted a completed Admission Application and the total number of students allowed under this exemption constitutes only a small percentage of the school’s total enrollment).
The Texas Education Code authorizes schools to obtain evidence that a person is eligible to attend public schools. To be eligible for continued enrollment in Life School, each student’s parent must show proof of residency at the time of enrollment. Residency may be verified through observation, documentation, and other means, including, but not limited to:
- Current driver’s license,
- A recently paid rent receipt,
- A current lease agreement,
- The most recent tax receipt indicating home ownership,
- A current utility bill indicating the address and name of the residence occupiers,
- Mailing addresses of the residence occupiers,
- Visual inspection of the residence,
- Interviews with persons with relevant information, or
- Building permits issued to a parent on or before September 1st of the school year in which admission is sought (permits will serve as evidence of residency for the school year in which admission is sought only).
Falsification of residence on an enrollment form is a criminal offense. Parents must provide the school with accurate, updated information regarding name changes, parent/guardian addresses, telephone numbers, emergency contacts, and a doctor’s telephone number.
If any of this information changes during the school year, parents must notify the school office immediately.
Under Texas Education Code 25.002, if a parent or other person with legal control of a child under a court order enrolls the child in Life School, the parent or other person or the school district in which the child most recently attended school shall furnish to Life School:
- The child's birth certificate or another document suitable as proof of the child's identity;
- A copy of the child's records from the school the child most recently attended if the child has been previously enrolled in a school in this state or another state; and
- A record showing that the child has the immunizations as required under Section 38.001, in the case of a child required under that section to be immunized, proof as required by that section showing that the child is not required to be immunized, or proof that the child is entitled to provisional admission under that section and under rules adopted under that section.
Information the parent or other person or the school district in which the child most recently attended furnishes for (1) and (2) above must be furnished not later than the 30th day after the date a child is enrolled in Life School. Per Texas Department of Health Services, immunization records required for (3) above must be provided prior to enrolling in Life School.
Life School will forward a student’s records on request to a school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll without the necessity of the parents’ consent.
Food Allergy Information
The parent of each student enrolled in Life School must complete a form via the online enrollment system or as otherwise provided by Life School that discloses (1) whether the child has a food allergy or a severe food allergy that should be disclosed to the school to enable the school to take any necessary precautions regarding the child’s safety and (2) specifies the food(s) to which the child is allergic and the nature of the allergic reaction.
For purposes of this requirement, the term “severe food allergy” means a dangerous or life-threatening reaction of the human body to a food-borne allergen introduced by inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact that requires immediate medical attention.
The school may also require information from a child’s physician if the child has food allergies.
Food allergy information forms will be maintained in the child’s student records, and shall remain confidential. Information provided on food allergy information forms may be disclosed to teachers, school counselors, school nurses, and other appropriate school personnel only to the extent consistent with Board policy and as permissible under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”).
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Certain information about Life School students is considered directory information and may be released by Life School unless the parent or guardian objects to the release of the directory information about the student. If a parent does not want Life School to disclose directory information from their child’s education records without their prior written consent, they must notify Life School in writing by the end of the first 10 days of instruction. Life School encourages parents to use the online form for the written consent notification.