How to Apply


Available October 16th, 2017



Admissions Process Policy


Current Students and Siblings of Current Students


All currently enrolled students who are advancing on schedule to the next grade level are eligible to apply to retain their seat at Horizon Charter School, so long as they complete a renewal application and submit that application prior to the end of the Re-Enrollment period. Parents are responsible for requesting forms for any siblings that are candidates to attend Horizon Charter. Sibling forms must also be turned in to the school by the due date given for students who are retaining their seats. Siblings and students in other preferential categories* will be admitted if any seats are available. If no seats are available, then students in the preferred group will be placed at the top of the wait list and seated prior to external candidates**.

Open Enrollment


Open Enrollment for the next school year begins in October of the current school year and ends the following January 31st. If the number of applications submitted within the Open Enrollment period exceeds the number of seats available for any class level, the school will hold a random lottery to determine who is offered a seat at the school. All applications submitted within the Open Enrollment period will have an equal opportunity for admission, regardless of whether they are submitted on the first day or the last day of Open Enrollment. Should there be no seats available for a certain class placement, then the school will continue to accept applications and hold the lottery for that class at a later point during the school year. Holding the lottery at a later point will allow for all students to equally compete for any seats that may open up due to students who are relocating.

Application Process


Students wishing to apply to Horizon Charter begin the process by completing an online Interview Request Form. Parents/Guardians without access to the online form may call the school secretary at 813-887-3800 and a staff member will complete the form on your behalf. The Interview Request Form will be processed and you will be contacted to schedule a time for (at least) one parent/guardian and the child who is applying, to attend a required Informational Meeting. At this Informational Meeting, you will view a short video and have an opportunity to ask basic questions about Horizon Charter. At the completion of the meeting you will be given an Application to the school. Applications with original signatures must be submitted at the school office or via USPS mail. Applications that are mailed will be considered as submitted on the date that they are received in the school office. We will not accept applications through email or fax. Applications received will be retained until the next lottery drawing. An application must be submitted for each academic year. Applications do not "roll over" to a new academic year.

Once the lottery is held, Parents/Guardians will be notified that the student has been chosen for a seat in our school by Offer Letter. Parents/Guardians will have a limited length of time to accept the offer by signing and returning the Offer Letter within the timeframe, and in the manner, indicated on the Offer Letter. If Offer Letters are not returned in the timeframe and manner instructed the Offer will be rescinded and the student will go to the bottom of the wait-list. Applications received after all lotteries for a particular school year will be placed at the bottom of the wait-list in the order in which they were received.

Registration


Once a student has been accepted to Horizon Charter School, the parent and student will be scheduled to attend a registration meeting. At this meeting, a Registration Specialist will collect the required activity fee, collect current parent contact information, etc. Parents of students in any special programs should be prepared to submit the most current plan (IEP, 504, Gifted, etc.) and discuss the goals and accommodations on that plan with the Registration Specialist.

*Preferential seating is given to students in the following situations:

  • Children or Grandchildren of Governing Board Members or Employees
  • Siblings of currently enrolled students
  • Active Duty Military or Reserve
  • Children who are displaced due to foster care situations


**Retained Student Seating

1008.25 Public school student progression; student support; reporting requirements…
(6)ELIMINATION OF SOCIAL PROMOTION.-
(a)No student may be assigned to a grade level based solely on age or other factors that constitute social promotion.

Teachers at Horizon Charter monitor students closely and utilize many strategies to ensure that students are ready to matriculate at the end of the school year. Parents of students who are "at risk" are required to meet regularly with teachers and Action Plans are used to promote the best possible outcome. Interventions include, but are not limited to: intensive classes, tutoring, home practice programs, smaller and more frequent reading groups or smaller math groups. Retaining a student is a tool of "last resort" and will only be used when it is clear that a student cannot successfully address the work at the next grade level. Should a student need to be retained, it is strongly advised that they have a different school experience the next school year.

Should the parents of a retained student wish for their child to remain as a student at Horizon Charter every effort will be made to accommodate that parent. To achieve that goal, we will refrain from seating any external candidates until it is determined whether or not that seat will be needed for a retained student.

During times of high enrollment, it may occur that the advancing class will fill all available seats: leaving no available seats for that retained student. Should this be the case, then the student (s) who are advancing on schedule will be deemed to have the prior claim to those seats. The retained student shall be place at the top of the wait list for that grade. In the case of multiple retained students, the seating committee will place the students on the wait list in the order that is deemed most appropriate. Parents will be advised of the situation as soon as possible, and the group will create an alternative plan for the student. Should there be no seat for that retained student, Horizon staff members will support that family in securing an appropriate educational setting.
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