BPTC Policies

BPTC Enrollment and Lottery Policy

 

BPTC is accepting applications for grades 6, 7 and 8 for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Open Enrollment period: May 5, 2016 to October 7, 2016. If the number of applications submitted within this Open Enrollment period exceeds the number of seats available for any grade level, a lottery will be held on October 8, 2016. All applications submitted within the Open Enrollment period will have an equal opportunity for admission. If there remain available seats after the lottery, students will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open Enrollment Period: May 5, 2016 – October 7, 2016

Lottery Date: October 8, 2016

Available Enrollment:  118

 

Admission to Big Picture Twin Cities is open to all students, without regard to ability, race, religion, or any other factors, other than the capacity of the program, class, grade level, or building.

 

Enrollment and Lottery Policy Procedures:

1. Each school year, the Board: (a). establishes by December 1st the open enrollment period applicable to the following school year’s admissions; (b). publishes by December 1st: The school’s enrollment application applicable to the following school year, and this Admissions and Lottery Policy; and (c). establishes and publishes by February 1st, the Available Enrollment by Grade applicable to the following school year.

2. Notice to Currently Admitted Students & Staff Employed at the School: Prior to the beginning of the open enrollment period, the school provides notice of the open enrollment period to parents and staff so that siblings of currently admitted students, foster children of an admitted student’s parents and children of staff may submit a timely application.

3. Currently Admitted Students – Intent to Return: Prior to the beginning of the open enrollment period, the school asks families to complete an “Intent to Return” form for informational purposes only. Failure to submit an “Intent to Return” form does not preclude a currently admitted student from returning the following year. Once enrolled, a student remains enrolled unless dismissed under the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act or the parent withdraws the student.

4. Application Processing. Each enrollment application received is datestamped and also either time-stamped or sequentially stamped by number designating the order in which applications were received for each such date.

5. Admissions. All applications received during the open enrollment period are automatically accepted for enrollment (i.e. admitted) unless more applications are received than the available enrollment established by the Board for the applicable grade(s). In this situation, all submitted applications for such grade(s) are placed in the lottery; however, siblings of currently admitted students, foster children of an admitted student’s parents and children of staff employed in the school have preference.

6. Siblings of Admitted Students: Siblings of currently admitted students and foster children of an admitted student’s parents who submit an application before the expiration of the open enrollment period are automatically admitted unless the number of sibling applications exceed the available enrollment established by the Board for the applicable grade(s). If the number of sibling applications exceeds available enrollment in any grade, a sibling lottery is held for each such grade. Siblings are admitted to the school in the order in which they are drawn in the lottery. If all available enrollment in a grade is filled, the sibling lottery continues and establishes the sibling waiting list, which has preference over both the staff-children and the general waiting list.

7. Children of Staff Employed at Big Picture Twin Cities: Children of staff employed at the school who submit an application before the expiration of the open enrollment period are automatically admitted, provided that all siblings (of already admitted students) who submitted a timely application are admitted, and provided there is available enrollment as determined by the Board for the applicable grade(s). If the number of children of staff exceeds the available enrollment established by the Board for any grade (and after all siblings of admitted students who submitted a timely application are admitted), a staff-children lottery is held. Children of staff are admitted to the school in the order in which they are drawn in the lottery. If all available enrollment in a grade is filled by children of staff, the staff-children lottery continues to establish the staff-children waiting list for each such grade.

8. General Lottery: If the number of applications received during the open enrollment period exceeds available enrollment established by the Board for any grade (and after preferences listed above have been given), the school conducts a general lottery. All applications for each such grade(s) (excluding applications of students in the preferenced categories above) received before the expiration of the open enrollment period are included in the general lottery. Students are admitted to the school in the order in which they are drawn in the lottery, as long as there is available enrollment as determined by the Board for the applicable grade(s). If all available enrollment in any grade is filled, the lottery continues and establishes the general waiting list for each such grade in the order drawn, until all applications are drawn. If a student is admitted through the general lottery and that student has one or more siblings in other grades also subject to a lottery, those siblings are automatically admitted as long as available enrollment as determined by the Board remains in the applicable grade(s).

9. Applications received after the open enrollment period expires are automatically admitted as long as there is available enrollment as established by the Board in the applicable grade, in the order received. If, or once, there is no available enrollment in any grade, applications are added to the applicable waiting list for each such grade, in the order received.

10. The School conducts all lotteries through a method of random selection.

 

General Admission Procedures:

1. Order of Admission: Siblings of Already Admitted Students and Foster Children of an Admitted Student’s Parents, then Children of Staff Employed at the School, then General Admissions

2. No waiting list carry over from year to year: Each waiting list is subject to a lottery and redrawn during each admission process each year.

3. Multiple births (twins, triplets, etc): Each student seeking admission completes an application (i.e. not one application for the family). In a lottery situation, each student receives an individual number/lot in the lottery.

4. Applicable lotteries occur from highest grade to lowest grade. For example, if a lottery is required in grades 7 and 8, the grade 8 lottery is conducted first, followed by the grade 7 lottery.

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