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Admissions Policies and Lottery Priorities

 

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Black River Public School Admissions Policy 
 

Open Enrollment Period

Open enrollment for the next academic year always begins on the first school day in October and concludes at 4:00 pm on the last Wednesday of February. If the last Wednesday of February is not a school day, open enrollment will close at 4:00 pm on the next school day. Following the close of open enrollment, if the number of applications exceeds the number of open seats, a random selection lottery determines acceptance. If the number of applications does not exceed the number of open seats, all applicants are accepted for their respective grades. 

 

Lottery 

Lotteries will be held for any grade in which the number of applications exceeds the number of openings. Names are randomly selected, by priority grouping, and applicants are accepted based on the order in which they are selected. The lottery continues until all names are drawn. Applicants who are not accepted will be placed on a waiting list in the order their names were drawn. 

 

Priority Group Preferences 

The order of priority in which spaces for each grade will be filled will be as follows:

 

Priority Group #1 

Students enrolled for the current school year are automatically re-enrolled unless formally withdrawn. (Students with an Individual Education Plan active on the first day of the following school year are automatically re-enrolled unless formally withdrawn). 

 

Priority Group #2 

Siblings of currently enrolled students will be given enrollment priority if an enrollment application form for each sibling is completed and returned on or before 4:00pm on the last Wednesday of February. 

Sibling preference is defined as children who have at least one common parent/legal guardian. For the purposes of enrollment priority, a parent’s children, step-children, adopted children, foster children, and same household children, in which a parent or guardian resides, are all considered to be each other’s siblings.

This preference is not available to applications received after open enrollment has closed. 

Child(ren) of a person employed full-time at Black River Public School will be given enrollment priority if an enrollment application form for each child is completed and returned on or before 4:00pm on the last Wednesday of February. If a newly hired employee fills out an enrollment form after the lottery has been conducted their student will be placed at the end of the Priority Group #2 waitlist. 

Employee - child preference is defined as children where at least one parent or legal guardian meets the requirements as outlined by the employee handbook.

 

Priority Group #3 

New students accepted prior to the lottery. If the number of applicants for a grade is less than or equal to the number of spaces available for that grade, all new applicants for that grade are accepted and are enrolled prior to the lottery drawing for admissions. 

 

Priority Group #4 

Siblings of newly-enrolled students. When, at the close of open enrollment, one sibling is validly accepted into a grade that is not oversubscribed, or is accepted by lottery, any of that child’s siblings who have timely applied, may enroll if space is available in their respective grades. If space is not available, they advance to the sibling wait list. This preference is not available to applications received after open enrollment has closed. 

 

Priority Group #5

All remaining applicants. If there are more applicants than spaces available, a random selection lottery will be used to determine the order of those enrolled and wait listed. This preference is not available to applications received after open enrollment has closed. 

 

Priority Group #6 

Applicants after the close of open enrollment. For grades that are not oversubscribed at the end of open enrollment, applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the grade is full, at which time further applicants are placed on a wait list. For each grade with a wait list, all applications received will be placed on the wait list. 

 

Foreign Exchange Students Foreign Exchange students must follow the same enrollment process as detailed in the Admissions Policy. Please understand that Black River Public School is unable to accept Foreign Exchange students who are citizens of the United States that do not reside in Michigan. Foreign Exchange students cannot earn a diploma from Black River Public School. 

 

Kindergarten 

For the 2024-2025 academic year, if you are applying for kindergarten, your child will need to be 5 years old by September 1, 2024 or as permitted by Section 1147 (3) below. 

380.1147 Enrollment of child in kindergarten; age; eligibility; notification.

Sec. 1147. 

(3) If a child residing in the school district or a child eligible to enroll in and be counted in membership in the school district under section 105 or 105c of the state school aid act of 1979, MCL 388.1705 and 388.1705c, is not 5 years of age on the enrollment eligibility date specified in subsection (2), but will be 5 years of age not later than December 1 of a school year, the parent or legal guardian of that child may enroll the child in kindergarten for that school year in a public school operated by the school district or, for a community district or a school district that does not directly operate schools on its own, in another public school located within the geographic boundaries of the school district if the parent or legal guardian notifies the public school in writing that he or she intends to enroll the child in kindergarten for that school year. A public school that receives this written notification may make a recommendation to the parent or legal guardian of a child described in this subsection that the child is not ready to enroll in kindergarten due to the child's age or other factors. However, regardless of this recommendation, the parent or legal guardian retains the sole discretion to determine whether or not to enroll the child in kindergarten under this subsection. 

Kindergarten Hearing and Vision Screening Requirement (No cost OCDPH clinic)

Kindergarten Dental Screening Requirement

 

Admission is Conditional 

Applicants are required to fully complete all required enrollment materials and provide all necessary information. This includes, but is not limited to, the enrollment application form, copy of birth certificate, immunization information, and proof of current grade level via grade report or transcript (not applicable for kindergarten applicants). Making an omission of a material fact or a false statement in enrollment application materials may be sufficient cause for denying an applicant consideration for enrollment or for expulsion after enrollment. 

 

Compliance With The Code of Conduct 

All students and prospective students must abide by the Black River Public School Student Code of Conduct and are subject to disciplinary action for violations thereof, up to and including expulsion. A prospective student is subject to all school policies, practices and procedures (and consequences for violations), even before their first day of class. 


 

Equal Educational Opportunity 

Black River Public School does not charge tuition and does not discriminate in its pupil admission policies or practices on the basis of: 

a. intellectual ability 
b. athletic ability 
c. achievement or aptitude measurements 
d. handicap or disability, or 
e. any other basis not permitted by federal and/or state law. 

Some testing may be required to determine the proper placement in a subject area but such tests are administered after a student has been accepted for admission.
 

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY: Black River Public School does not charge tuition and does not discriminate in its pupil admission policies or practices on the basis of: a). race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, handicap or disability. b). intellectual ability c). athletic ability d). achievement or aptitude measurements e). need for special education services including ESL or ELL, or e). any other basis not permitted by federal and/or state law. Some testing may be required to determine the proper placement in a subject area but such tests are administered after a student has been accepted for admission.