Admission and enrollment of students shall be open to persons who reside within the geographic boundaries stated in the Life School charter and who are eligible for admission based on lawful criteria identified in the charter and in law. The total number of students enrolled in Life School shall not exceed the number of students approved in the charter or subsequent amendments.
It is the policy of Life School to comply with all state and federal regulations regarding admission and not to discriminate during the admission and enrollment process on the basis of sex; national origin; ethnicity; religion; disability; academic, artistic, or athletic ability; or the district the child would otherwise attend under state law.
Exception to Admission
As authorized by Texas Education Code § 12.111(a)(5)(A), Life School reserves the right to deny admission to students with a documented history of a criminal offense, a juvenile court adjudication, or other discipline problems listed under Texas Education Code Chapter 37, Subchapter A.
If Life School determines that an applicant’s Admission Application contains knowingly incomplete or falsified information concerning his or her prior discipline history that would otherwise exclude the applicant from eligibility to enroll in Life School, Life School may either (1) automatically reject the applicant’s Admission Application or (2) revoke the applicant’s admission to Life School if the student has already begun attending Life School.
Submission of Applications and Admissions Lottery
Life School requires all applicants for admission to submit a completed Admission Application form in order to be considered for admission. The Board of Directors or designee sets the campus date(s) for Open Registration. Open Registration applications are accepted beginning the first week of March based on the schedule approved and published by Life School and according to the following procedures:
The campus administration will conduct an admissions lottery for each class in which there are more eligible applicants than available spaces at the conclusion of the Open Registration period. The lottery will be conducted according to the following procedures:
Exceptions: Federal guidelines permit Life School to exempt from the lottery students who are already attending the school, siblings of students already attending the School (so long as the sibling has timely submitted a completed Admission Application), and children of Life School’s current teachers and staff (so long as the child has timely submitted a completed Admission Application and the total number of students allowed under this exemption constitutes only a small percentage of the school’s total enrollment).
The Texas Education Code authorizes schools to obtain evidence that a person is eligible to attend public schools. To be eligible for continued enrollment in Life School, each student’s parent must show proof of residency at the time of enrollment. Residency may be verified through observation, documentation, and other means, including, but not limited to:
Falsification of residence on an enrollment form is a criminal offense. Parents must provide the school with accurate, updated information regarding name changes, parent/guardian addresses, telephone numbers, emergency contacts, and a doctor’s telephone number.
If any of this information changes during the school year, parents must notify the school office immediately.
Under Texas Education Code 25.002, if a parent or other person with legal control of a child under a court order enrolls the child in Life School, the parent or other person or the school district in which the child most recently attended school shall furnish to Life School:
Information the parent or other person or the school district in which the child most recently attended furnishes for (1) and (2) above must be furnished not later than the 30th day after the date a child is enrolled in Life School.
Per Texas Department of Health Services, immunization records required for (3) above must be provided prior to enrolling in Life School.
Life School will forward a student’s records on request to a school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll without the necessity of the parents’ consent.
Food Allergy Information
The parent of each student enrolled in Life School must complete a form via the online enrollment system or as otherwise provided by Life School that discloses (1) whether the child has a food allergy or a severe food allergy that should be disclosed to the school to enable the school to take any necessary precautions regarding the child’s safety and (2) specifies the food(s) to which the child is allergic and the nature of the allergic reaction.
For purposes of this requirement, the term “severe food allergy” means a dangerous or life‐ threatening reaction of the human body to a food‐borne allergen introduced by inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact that requires immediate medical attention.
The school may also require information from a child’s physician if the child has food allergies.
Food allergy information will be maintained in the child’s student records, and shall remain confidential. Information provided regarding food allergy information may be disclosed to teachers, school counselors, school nurses, and other appropriate school personnel only to the extent consistent with Board policy and as permissible under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”).
FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Certain information about Life School students is considered directory information and may be released by Life School unless the parent or guardian objects to the release of the directory information about the student. If a parent does not want Life School to disclose directory information from their child’s education records without their prior written consent, they must notify Life School in writing by the end of the first 10 days of instruction. Life School encourages parents to use the online form for the written consent notification.