Registration and Admissions
Connect has an admissions process in order to accommodate the high demand for space in the school.
This Resource is:
Not Yet Waitlisted - Wanting to Apply
If your student was born in 2014 or later, the Lottery Process applies to you. You do not have to take any action until your child enters their grade 3 year.
If your student has a date of birth earlier than 2014, unfortunately ALL of our waitlists for all grades are FULL and closed until 2023. We cannot accept any new students to our grades 4-8 waitlists until 2023.
As a quick example:
- Your child was born in 2014, and is entering grade 4 in 2023-2024.
- September 2022, when your child is in grade 3, check our school website for sign up details.
- October – November 2022, you will enter the lottery for a waitlist spot.
- December 2022, the lottery draw will be completed, you will be advised your position on the waitlist. The process continues.
**If your child is born after 2014, same guideline applies, when they enter grade 3, check the school website and follow the lottery process.
Connect Charter School has amended its policy on student admissions. These changes will affect procedures for admission beginning with the 2023-24 school year. Until that time, the existing waitlist placements will be honored and current procedures for student placement according to the wait list will remain in effect. Parents seeking admission for their children in August 2023 and beyond will follow these steps:
› Step 1
On October 1, 2022, the registration link on the Connect Charter School website will be activated and will remain open until November 30, 2022. Parents who wish to have their grade 3 child added to the list of prospective students for grade 4 may do so at any time while the link is open.
› Step 2
After the registration link closes, all names of prospective students will be entered into a lottery. The draw will take place no later than December 15th and all those who were entered will be advised of their placement on the list resulting from the lottery. Note: Siblings of current or former students will be placed at the top of the placement list each year, followed by the offspring of Connect staff. The lottery will determine all subsequent placements.
› Step 3
Parents of prospective students whose names are among the first 200 drawn in the lottery (in addition to siblings and the children of staff) will be invited to an orientation meeting to be held before the end of January. Attendance at this meeting is compulsory in order for a child’s name to remain on the prospective student list. Immediately following the orientation, parents may sign up for a school tour to be scheduled prior to mid- February.
› Step 4
Parents in attendance at the orientation will receive a Student Profile Questionnaire to be completed and returned to the office, together with supporting documentation (recent report card, copy of birth certificate, student writing sample) by February 15th.
› Step 5
Parents of prospective students will receive an email in early March asking that they confirm their interest in having their child attend Connect the following school year. Based on information provided in the Student Profile Questionnaire, school administration may contact parents of students with specific needs to gather further information and determine if their needs can be accommodated at Connect.
› Step 6
Registration and fee payment for the following school year will open on or about April 15th and will remain open for approximately 10 days. Once a student is registered, information will be distributed to parents, including the Parent Handbook, Volunteer Information, school calendar, and multi-day field experience schedule.
Waitlisted - Wanting More Information
› Grade 4 entry, 2021-2022, birth year 2012
› Grade 4 entry 2022-2023, birth year 2013
What to Expect:
› November of your child’s Grade 3 year: We will contact you by email. You must respond to remain on the waitlist. Send an email address update to [email protected]. If you have not heard from us by December, then please contact the school.
› January before Grade 4: We will email you an invitation to the Parent Information Session held at the end of January. Attendance is mandatory, or communication with the office, to remain on the waitlist. Admission Documents Requirements are outlined in January email.
› February before Grade 4: Students and parents attend a School Tour the first week of February. Admission Documents are due first Friday in February. Admission Documents are reviewed by administration during February. Parent/administration meetings may be scheduled.
› March before Grade 4: Spots are offered. If offers are refused we continue through the waitlist. All 104 spots are usually filled by March Spring Break. Please ensure your correct email address remains on file, as communication is completed through email. If you have not heard from us by December, then please contact the school office at [email protected].
› April before Grade 4: Registration opens at Connect Charter. You will receive Registration Instructions once you have accepted a spot for your child.
FAQ and Important Information
› We intake 104 students each grade 4 year. There are 4 classes of 26 students in every grade.
› There are currently 400 names on the grade 4 waitlists.
› We move through names and lists fairly quickly to fill spots. In order to be fair to those who applied, if we don’t hear from you, we move on (see note at bottom about keeping contact information up to date).
› Communication is completed through email.
› Make sure the office has a current email address that you check frequently.
› It takes approx 150-250 names to fill 104 spots. It varies every year. We cannot guess or guarantee how a waitlist position will translate to a registration.
› The remaining names on the waitlist are rolled over for grade 5, if the families are interested.
› Your original waitlist number at registration will not decrease through the years after kindergarten. There are rarely removals from the waitlist until we start contacting people in November of their grade 3 year.
› Your original waitlist number at registration may have increased due to our sibling waitlist. We have a sibling waitlist policy to try and keep families together.
› If you accept a spot for your child, their sibling will move to the sibling waitlist of the appropriate grade. Grade 5-9 spots are only available if a student moves away or leaves the program. Siblings are placed on the waitlist in the order of first point of contact for the family.
› Spots may be offered throughout the summer and school year for all grades. If circumstances change and a student withdraws from the program, then we go to the waitlist.
Please ensure your correct email address remains on file, as communication is completed through email. If you have not heard from us by December, then please contact the school office at [email protected] or 403-282-2890.