Enrollment Procedures for Lake Country Academy
Completing a timely application is critical to enrollment at Lake Country Academy. Applications for the 2019-20 school year are accepted December 1, 2018 through February 15, 2019. All applications received during that time are included in the lottery. Applications are divided by grade and a lottery is drawn for each grade. Applications are drawn one by one until the class is full and then drawn for placement on the waiting list. Note that an application is received for each student, not a family. In some cases, one child may be placed while another in the same family may remain on the waiting list. No applications will be accepted before Dec. 1 and all applications received after February 15, 2019 will be placed on the waiting list for the specific grade.
The waiting list remains active until the first day of the school year. The waiting list is then dissolved and students are not placed after the start of the school year. Families can reapply during the enrollment period for the following year.
LCA honors three preferences in the application process: Board members' children, staff children and siblings. Preference applicants will be placed before outside applicants and are considered ahead of the lottery. If more preference applicants are received than space is available, a separate lottery will take place for them. By contract guidelines with the Sheboygan Area School District, LCA accepts in-district students before out-of-district students. A lottery of in-district applicants is completed before the lottery of out-of-district applicants.
In addition to the LCA application, all students residing in the Sheboygan Area School District must complete a Charter School Transfer Request. The transfer request is processed through SASD and can be accessed via Online Enrollment or Downloaded and sent by Mail
For students residing outside of SASD, an application for Open Enrollment must be submitted through the Department of Public Instruction. Strict timelines for applications apply so parents should view the website for details. All approvals/denials are made through SASD and the DPI. Once an out-of-district student is enrolled, no further application is needed for subsequent years. However, if a student changes district residency, families must promptly notify the school office. District residency defines per pupil funding so it is important that the administration has accurate residency information.
Results of the lottery are mailed to families by late March. Families are encouraged to remain on the waiting list if LCA is ultimately their top choice of schools. Most movement on the waiting list occurs in the summer so it is advantageous to give the waiting list some time. Once a student is placed, enrollment is ensured for future years.
We encourage all prospective parents to attend an Open House as part of the application process. The Open Houses provide a very comprehensive overview of the school. They are held during the day so parents can see students "in action". LCA is a structured environment, academically rigorous and strong in modeling and teaching core virtues. Most families find it helpful to attend an Open House to help them decide if this is a good fit for their family.
Important Documents & Link
- 2018-19 Parent Student Handbook
- 2018-19 Enrollment Application
- Sheboygan Area School District
- Department of Public Instruction