Sylmar High School Became Sylmar Charter High School on July 01, 2016!

A. General Admission Policies

 

Sylmar Charter High School is a District-affiliated charter school authorized by the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a California charter public school, Sylmar Charter High School is non-sectarian in its programs, admissions policies and procedures, employment practices, and all other operations. Sylmar Charter High School does not charge tuition and does not discriminate against any student on the basis of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other

characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the

California Penal Code. California Education Code § 47605(d)(1).

 

Sylmar Charter High School admits all students who wish to attend the school. (Education Code § 47605(d)(2)(A)). As an existing District school that has converted to a District-affiliated charter school, Sylmar Charter High School’s first priority is to admit students who reside in the former attendance boundary of the school. (See Education Code § 47605(d)(1)). If the number of students who wish to attend Sylmar Charter High School exceeds its capacity, as determined annually by the District, the school will conduct a public random drawing/lottery. (Education Code § 47605(d)(2)(B)). Currently enrolled students (regardless of residence or any other factor) shall be exempt from the lottery.

 

Prospective students who reside within the former attendance boundaries of Sylmar Charter High School shall have first admission preference and are thus deemed exempt from the lottery as well. (See Education Code §

47605(d)). The school will provide an admission preference for prospective students residing within LAUSD boundaries, but not residing within the attendance area of Sylmar Charter High School. (Education Code § 47605(d)(2)(B)).

 

B. Enrollment Period

 

Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, Sylmar Charter High School will provide an “enrollment period” that extends from the first Monday in February through the last Wednesday in March. During this period, any prospective student who is interested in attending Sylmar Charter High School the following school year must indicate his/her intention to enroll in accordance with the following procedures:

 

  • Eighth grade students who reside within the Sylmar Charter High School former attendance area and who currently attend one of the District’s feeder middle schools shall be deemed to intend to enroll at Sylmar Charter High School unless the parent/guardian has indicated otherwise. Parents of these students do not need to complete an “Intent to Enroll/Lottery Application” form; the school will obtain any information necessary to conduct the admissions process from the District’s Student Information System (MiSiS).  Please note that this charter school enrollment process should not be confused with the District’s state-mandated Open Enrollment Process. Once a District school converts to a charter school, it no longer participates in the District’s Open Enrollment Process. Additionally, most of the District permits no longer apply.

 

  • Parents of students (grades 9-12) who reside within the Sylmar Charter High School former attendance area but do not attend a District feeder middle school should submit a completed “Lottery Application” form to the school’s main office before 4:00 pm on the last Wednesday in March. The school will provide each applicant with a time-stamped receipt.

 

  • Parents of students who do not reside within the Sylmar Charter High School former attendance area must submit a completed “Lottery Application” form to the school’s main office before 4:00 pm on the last Wednesday in March. The school will provide each applicant with a time-stamped receipt.

 

  • “Lottery Application” forms submitted by parents of students who do not reside within the Sylmar Charter High School former attendance area after the applicable deadline will be accepted for waitlist purposes only. The school will provide each late applicant with a time-stamped receipt.

 

  • At the beginning of the enrollment period each year, the school will post its lottery rules and procedures in the school’s main office and on the school website.

 

C. Public Random Drawing (Lottery)

 

At the end of the school’s enrollment period, Sylmar Charter High School will tally the number of students who intend to enroll in the school. If the total number of students who want to attend the school in the following year does not exceed the school’s capacity, as determined by the District, the school will admit all such students and proceed with its enrollment process.

 

If the number of students who want to attend the school exceeds the school’s capacity, Sylmar Charter High School will conduct a public random drawing (i.e., lottery). Sylmar Charter High School will conduct the lottery in accordance with the following procedures:

 

  • As stated above, currently enrolled students (regardless of residence or any other factor) and prospective students who reside within the former attendance boundaries of Sylmar Charter High School are exempt from the lottery. Sylmar Charter High School will determine, in consultation with the appropriate Educational Service Center, School Management Services, Student Integration Services, and the Charter Schools Division, the number of seats available in the lottery.

 

  • Sylmar Charter High School will conduct its lottery in the Library at Sylmar Charter High School. The lottery will occur at 1:30 pm on the Tuesday following the last Wednesday in March. In any given year, if the dates for these events should fall during the week of Spring Break, the school will schedule both events for the week prior to or after the week of Spring Break.

 

  • At least one month prior to the scheduled date for the lottery, Sylmar Charter High School will communicate the school’s rules and procedures for conducting the lottery process to all interested parties and the public through informational flyers, brochures, phone messages, and the school’s street marquee. The school also will continue to post the rules and procedures in the school’s main office and on the school website.

 

  • The lottery will be open to the public and any interested parties. Attendance at the lottery is not required to participate in the lottery, to be offered a seat, and/or to be placed on the waitlist through the lottery process.

 

  • At the designated time and place of the lottery, a member of the Sylmar Charter High School staff or other person chosen by the Sylmar Charter High School local governing council to ensure a fair and neutral lottery process, will publicly and randomly draw student names, in accordance with the admission preferences, if any, provided in the school’s charter. A member of the Sylmar Charter High School staff will record the names in the order drawn.

 

  • Once a sufficient number of names have been drawn to fill the available seats, the school will continue to draw names to establish a waitlist in the same order that student names are drawn.

 

The school will fill seats as they become available from the waitlist until the end of the programmatic year to which it pertains. Any prospective student who resides within the former attendance boundaries of Sylmar Charter High School, however, has first priority for admission. The school will work with the appropriate Educational Service Center, as well as the District’s School Management Services and Student Integration Services, to manage its enrollment so that the school remains in compliance with all applicable laws and legal obligations (e.g., Crawford v. LAUSD) and that, to the maximum extent possible, the school is able to enroll every student who resides within the school’s former attendance boundaries who wishes to attend.

 

D. Other Procedures

 

Upon being admitted to Sylmar Charter High School, any student who is eligible to participate in the Sylmar Charter High School for Advanced Studies (SAS) Program may apply to the SAS program per program admission guidelines. Admission to Sylmar Charter High School does not guarantee admission to the SAS program.

 

If it is discovered that a parent or guardian presented Sylmar Charter High School with fraudulent residence or other information in order to gain admission to the school, the student shall be transferred to the appropriate school of residence.

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