Impact Academy Application Process

2021-22 Application Process

Application forms for the 2021-22 school year will be available in January 2021.

Primary Goals of the Enrollment Process

  • Impact Academy program at Orchard Lake Elementary will attempt to reflect the demographic composition of the current attendance area for student enrollment. 
  • The equity application pool provides for identification of applications that support the goal of the Impact program, reflecting the demographic composition of the attendance for student enrollment.
  • Impact Academy program grade levels will meet the class size guidelines as designated by the school board.
    • 1st Grade: 24 students
    • 2nd Grade: 28 students
    • 3rd Grade: 30 students
    • 4th and 5th Grade: 32 students

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions for Orchard Lake Families currently enrolled in Kindergarten

  • Current families who have intra-district enrolled into Orchard Lake Elementary from outside the attendance area will have standard enrollment status for the 2021-22 school year. 
  • All current OLE kindergarten families are eligible to apply for the Impact program
  • If applications exceed available space, a waiting list will be generated and families will be notified of their status as space is available. 
  • Applications will NOT be handled on a first-come, first serve basis. There will be a random selection process conducted the week of February 1-5, 2021.
  • 85% of the total open seats each year will be reserved for OLE enrolled students.
  • After March 5, 2021 any remaining seats allocated to OLE families will be allocated to ISD 194 residents.
  • If seats remain open after the wait lists have been cleared, an additional application process may be opened the week of March 15-19, 2021. 
  • Special education services are available in the Impact program. However, based on the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and level of need, a different placement may be determined by the school personnel and parents.

Terms and Conditions for Orchard Lake Families currently enrolled in grades First through Fourth Grade

  • Current families who have intra-district enrolled into Orchard Lake Elementary from outside the attendance area will have standard enrollment status for the 2021-22 school year. 
  • All current OLE 1st-4th grade families are eligible to apply for the Impact program
  • If applications exceed available space, a waiting list will be generated and families will be notified of their status as space is available. 
  • Applications will NOT be handled on a first-come, first serve basis. There will be a random selection process conducted the week of February 1-5, 2021.
  • 100% of the total open seats each year will be reserved for OLE enrolled students.
  • Special education services are available in the Impact program. However, based on the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and level of need, a different placement may be determined by the school personnel and parents.

Sibling Preference

  • Sibling preference will be offered to families based on space available at each grade.
  • Sibling preference is granted when a sibling is currently enrolled in the Impact program.
  • Siblings need to complete an application in order to be granted preference.
  • If all siblings are new to Orchard Lake Elementary, sibling preference does not apply. 

Terms and Conditions for Lakeville Area Schools Residents not in the Orchard Lake Elementary attendance area

  • Interested families should apply using the same process as OLE families
  • If applications exceed available space, a waiting list will be generated and families will be notified of their status as space is available. 
  • If applications exceed available space, a waiting list will be generated by grade level and families will be notified of their status as space is available.
  • Applications will NOT be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be a random selection process conducted the week of February 1-5, 2021.
  • 10% of the total open seats each year will be reserved for ISD194 families.
  • After March 5, 2021 any remaining seats allocated to ISD194 families will be allocated to Open Enrollment families.
  • If seats remain open after the wait lists have been cleared, an additional application process may be opened the week of March 15-19, 2021. 
  • Special education services are available in the Impact program. However, based on the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and level of need, a different placement may be determined by the school personnel and parents.
  • Siblings need to complete an application in order to be considered based on space available.

Terms and Conditions for Open Enrollment families outside of Lakeville Area Schools

  • Interested families should apply using the same process as OLE families
  • If applications exceed available space, a waiting list will be generated and families will be notified of their status as space is available. 
  • Applications will NOT be handled on a first-come, first serve basis. There will be a random selection process conducted the week of February 1-5, 2021.
  • 5% of the total open seats for each year will be reserved for Open Enrollment.
  • After March 5, 2021 any remaining seats allocated to outside of district families will be reserved for OLE attendance area student’s who move in to the attendance area.
  • Special education services are available in Impact Academy at Orchard Lake Elementary. However, based on the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and level of need, a different placement may be determined by the school personnel and parents.

Timeline:

Process on Hold Due to COVID-19

  • Parent Outreach to families: January 2021 
  • Accepting Applications: to be determined
  • Random Selection Process: to be determined
  • Notification of Placement or Wait-List Status: to be determined

Application Types for Impact Academy Program at Orchard Lake Elementary:

Equity Application Pool: (Application Needed)

You must be a resident of Lakeville Area Schools in order to be eligible for the equity pool

One identified indicator qualifies for Equity Pool:

  • Students who identify a language other than English as their home language
  • Family qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch

Standard Application Pool: (Application Needed)

  • Sibling preference granted when space is available
  • If criteria for Equity Application Pool is not met, applications will be considered standard pool applications.

Random Selection Process for Impact program at Orchard Lake Elementary:

  1. Orchard Lake Elementary will determine the number of seats available per grade for the random selection process as designated in the Terms and Conditions. Available spaces will be allocated to applicant pools based on alignment to the enrollment goal of having Impact program enrollment demographics reflect the attendance area population as a whole.
  2. Orchard Lake Elementary will determine the number of seats available per grade for out-of-attendance area and open enrollment applications as designated by the Terms and Conditions.  Available spaces will be allocated to applicant pools based on alignment to the enrollment goal of having Impact program enrollment demographics reflect the attendance area population as a whole.
  3. When determining the number of seats available results in a fraction, the equity applicant pool enrollment number will be rounded up.
    1. Example: 26% of 24 available seats is 6.24, so 7 seats would be allocated to the equity applicant pool and 14 seats to the standard applicant pool.
  4. Placements will occur using a random selection process. Actual allocations will be determined on an annual basis. A sample of typical statewide data for the application pools are:
    1. 26% of the available spaces for Equity Application Pool
    2. 74% of the available spaces for Standard Application Pool
  5. The equity pool applications selection process will be conducted first. In the event that applications remain after all allocated seats have been filled. Those applications will be moved to the standard application pool.
  6. The standard applications selection process will be conducted after the equity pool is complete.  There will be a ISD194 allocation and Open Enrollment allocation of open seats.
  7. In the event that all of the available spaces for Open Enrollment families do not fill after completion of Step 6 and ISD 194 residents remain on the waiting list, the waiting list will be used to fill any available spaces held for Open Enrollment families after March 5, 2021.
  8. In the event that all of the available spaces for ISD 194 families do not fill after completion of Step 6 and Open Enrollment families remain on the waiting list, the waiting list will be used to fill any available spaces held for ISD 194 families after March 5, 2021.
  9. Once the first Selection Process is complete and all wait list families have been enrolled, an additional application process may be opened the week of March 15-19, 2021. If applications exceed space, a new wait list will be generated and families will be notified of their status as space is available.
  10. After the second Selection Process, any additional applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis when space allows.
  11. Wait lists will dissolve at a designated date, usually the end of the second week of school. Wait list families are encouraged to apply again for the following school year.

Contact:

Marilynn Smith
Orchard Lake Elementary Principal
Marilynn.Smith@isd194.org
952-232-2100

 

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