Policies and Procedures for Admission, Enrollment, and Lotteries

Enrollment Eligibility

In accordance with federal and state anti-discrimination laws, SLAM Arizona will not discriminate against any student on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, income level, or disability, proficiency in the English language, or academic or athletic ability or any other category that would be deemed unlawful in the admission practices of a public school.  The school will be non-sectarian in its practices, educational program, admissions policies and operations.

SLAM Arizona is a tuition-free public charter school.  Enrollment is open to any student who submits a timely application and resides in the state of Arizona.  A student’s address will be determined based upon the primary residence of the custodial parent/legal guardian and proof of residency will be required at the time of registration. Children who do not live within the state of Arizona will not be eligible for enrollment. 

Enrollment Procedures

SLAM Arizona is accepting applications for future enrollment through the Open Enrollment process. If the number of applications received exceeds the capacity of a grade level at the end of the Open Enrollment period, the school will hold a random lottery for each grade level in order to ensure a fair and equitable enrollment process. In alignment with A.R.S.§15-184, the school will give enrollment preference to the following student populations prior to holding a lottery. Electronic applications open on the SLAM Arizona website at 9:00 a.m. on the first day of the Application Period and close at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the Application Period.  Only electronic applications submitted on the SLAM Arizona website prior to the deadline will be considered.  Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance, but places the child’s name in the lottery. 

SLAM Arizona will give enrollment priority to the following:

  • A sibling of an enrolled student.
  • A student whose parent or guardian is a member of the governing board or full-time teacher, professional, or other employee at the school

Lottery

Each application will be given a number and be placed in a database. Numbers will be drawn on a random basis.  All slots available per grade will be filled based on the rank order of their drawing. One person will draw the number and another will verify that it is being read correctly. As each student is selected, that student’s assigned number will be placed on the class list.  

The numbers will be recorded as they are pulled until all seats at that grade are filled. Once all seats are filled, all remaining numbers/names will be placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are drawn.

Admissions

After the Application Period ends and lottery results are verified, students will be contacted in the rank order in which names were randomly drawn to notify them of their admission or their order on the wait list.

Upon notification, parents will have 72 hours (3 days) to accept or refuse his/her child’s acceptance.  If the applicant fails to respond within 72 hours (3 days), the applicant forfeits his/her spot and will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist.

Enrollment & Registration

The Enrollment Period will be set by the Governing Board each year and posted on the school’s website and on all application materials, including any marketing materials that are distributed.

To officially enroll at SLAM Arizona, parents/legal guardian of the enrolling child must submit Enrollment packets, including all required documents for students selected in the lottery, within 7 business days of receiving notification of the applicant's acceptance if the applicant was accept on or before the date of the lottery.  If a completed enrollment packet is not received with days of acceptance, the student will forfeit his/her spot and will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist.

Beginning year 2 and each year thereafter, the Enrollment Period will not begin until at least the first school day after winter break of the current school year.

In order for enrollment to be considered complete, the following 4 requirements must be met:

            1          Completed Enrollment Packet

            2          Proof of Age

            3          Proof of Residency

Enrollment Packets, including required documents for students selected in the lottery, will be e-mailed directly to the parent upon acceptance to SLAM Arizona. Hard copies of the Enrollment Packets can also be picked up directly at the school.  Packets may be returned via USPS,  hand delivered, or submitted electronically to info@slamaz.org.

In the event enrollment is not complete by the deadline, the student’s spot will be forfeited.

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