Open Enrollment Dates: December 1 - March 1 (5:00p) annuallyPublic Lottery Date: Wednesday preceding spring break annually
Number of Available Student Spots: To be determined annually
EligibilityAll entering Kindergarten (must turn age 5 by July 31 of the academic year of application*) through entering grade 8 students currently living in the state of Indiana are eligible to apply, enroll, and attend The Project School. There are no other admissions requirements to attend The Project School. In accordance with federal and state laws, no student will be denied admission to The Project School based on race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, aptitude, disability, religion, or athletic ability. There is no achievement or aptitude data used at any point in the lottery or enrollment process.*While the State of Indiana has recently created an allowance for schools (as they choose) to offer the option of a later cut-off date when considering Kindergarten enrollment, TPS believes that children not yet 5 at the start of school are best served by the pre-kindergarten choice of the family. Therefore, TPS does not provide for this allowance.ApplicationThe Project School accepts applications through an open enrollment from 8a on December 1until 5p on March 1 annually. Applications received after this date are placed on our waiting list in the order received. The parent or legal guardian of any eligible student must completely fill out The Project School Student Application either by completing the electronic version found via the home page of this website, or by visiting the school's office for assistance. After the receipt of any application, the student's name will be added to the appropriate grade level list.Process
The lottery is conducted at a time and place that is open to the public. Randomizer.org is utilized to determine the order of the grade levels to be drawn and the order of the student names to be drawn. At least one process observer (an individual without a vested interest in the lottery) is present, in order to confirm that the lottery has both accuracy and integrity.Preference
The only admission preferences at The Project School are for (1) children of TPS staff and board members, (2) children with a sibling already in attendance at TPS, (3) children enrolled at TPS whose family has taken an approved leave of absence, and (4) siblings of children who are drawn in the current lottery.For any preference to be granted, students must have a current application submitted by the lottery deadline. If no spaces are available at the desired grade level for students who have a placement preference, students will be placed on the waiting list according to the order of the placement preferences described below. If more than one student is in any of the preference categories, the students' names will again be randomized to determine their order on the waiting list.(1) Staff/Board Member Children (based on 2015 and 2019 Indiana Legislation): If a staff member or board member has a child entered into the lottery, their child will be automatically enrolled if there are any open spots at the applicant's grade level (faculty and staff preference shall not exceed 10% of the total student enrollment).(2) Siblings of Current Students: If a child is entered into the lottery and has a sibling already in attendance at The Project School, that child will be automatically enrolled if there are any open spots at the applicant's grade level.(3) Students on an Approved Leave of Absence: If a student who has been on an approved leave of absence from TPS is entered into the lottery, that child will be automatically enrolled if there are any open spots at the applicant's grade level. Parents of TPS students may apply for a leave of absence if a student will be relocating for a minimum of four weeks and one day, and a maximum of one academic year. Students must have attended The Project School for a minimum of one academic year directly preceding the period of approved leave of absence. Parents must re-apply by the lottery deadline for a student to be considered for re-entry. For additional details, visit the Leave of Absence section of our Family Handbook.(4) Siblings of Students Offered a Space in the Current Lottery Process: If one child from a family receives a spot in the lottery, the other child/ren of the family will be automatically enrolled if there are any open spots at the applicant's grade level.NotificationAfter the public lottery, The Project School will notify all families of students who have been selected for spots, as well as those who are on the waiting list for any grade level. This notification will be emailed within three business days of the lottery. Each family will have a designated time - not less than two weeks from notification - to accept their spot at The Project School. The deadline will be clearly articulated in the notification letter. If a family does not accept the spot by the deadline indicated in the letter sent, the staff will attempt to contact the family by phone. If there is still no response within one (1) school day, the spot will be offered to the first student on the waiting list for that grade level. All students who do not receive a spot through the initial round of the lottery will be placed on the waiting list and will be notified regarding one's standing on the waiting list.
Once students have accepted, The Project School will utilize a full enrollment packet and process that follows all charter school laws. The school is open to any family in Indiana. In accordance with federal and state laws, no student will be denied admission to The Project School based on race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, aptitude, disability, religion, or athletic ability. There is no achievement or aptitude data used at any point in our lottery or enrollment process.
After the open enrollment period, if a child applies to the school and there is an open spot at their grade level, that child will be automatically admitted to the school, with the exception of students who are currently expelled from or withdrawn as a result of an imminent expulsion from another school. The determination of whether or not a prospective student may be enrolled due to the expulsion consideration is up to The Project School Leader.A Word About the Waiting ListAt the conclusion of each academic year, the waiting list from that academic year is terminated. A new list is developed according to applications that were submitted for the new academic year. Families on the waiting list who wish to continue being considered for a space at The Project School must complete a new lottery application each year during the open lottery window. Spaces on the waiting list do not carry over from year to year. And placement on the waiting list in one academic year does not impact one's standing for the following academic year.