Application and Admissions Policy Pines-FSU K-5 Only
In addition to the Pembroke Pines - Broward County schools, the city runs a K-5 charter school in partnership with Florida State University. While operated by the city, the Pines - FSU school is not a campus of the Pembroke Pines – Broward County Charter Schools (Pines - BCS). Rather, it is a professional development school operating under a separate charter and using a discrete admissions policy. As a professional development school, the school attempts to maintain a demographic balance of students that is conducive to research and development of teaching methods. The school aims to maintain gender and race percentages in line with those of the county. Further, the school attempts to balance the socioeconomic status of applicants so as to maintain 25% of the student population in each of the four SES categories as delimited by the Federal School Lunch program.
The same application will be used for all schools, but in order to be considered for the FSU school, parents must include household income, gender and ethnicity information on the application.
All students currently enrolled at the FSU school are guaranteed admission for the next school year and do not need to submit an application. This guarantee assumes that the volunteer hours requirement has been satisfied. Currently enrolled students will receive a re-registration form that must be completed and returned to the school. Siblings of currently enrolled students must apply via this re-registration form and may apply to any grade.
Children of the City of Pembroke Pines Charter School staff members will be offered available spaces on a first come, first served basis before lottery applicants. Any staff member who does not complete one full calendar year's service (one year from the anniversary date) and return for a second year of employment will withdraw his/her child from the school by the end of the semester.
Seats will also be assigned to students who are retained in a given grade before lottery candidates.
Sibling preference is granted to siblings of students who are currently enrolled in any City of Pembroke Pines Charter School or students whose sibling Graduated from the Charter Schools while they were on the wait list.. This sibling preference will nullify the city residence preference described below.
We will grant admissions preference to residents of Pembroke Pines over non Pines residents.
Candidates selected from the applicant pool will be notified by mail and/or telephone.
It is the responsibility of applicants to assure that the school has up to date contact information. Candidates that cannot be reached will be removed from the wait list. Candidates whose parents do not schedule an enrollment appointment within two business days of being notified will be removed from the wait list.
Candidates who are not selected will be placed on a wait list but will not be issued wait list numbers. The selection method for this school makes it impossible to predict the order in which wait list candidates will be called.
Upon successful completion of the fifth grade, the students from the FSU campus will attend the west campus middle school located at 184 Avenue and Pembroke Road assuming they meet Broward County residency requirements.
Applicants may remain on the wait list from year to year but no preference will be granted based on how long a candidate has been on the list. Note that from year to year, we will assume that applicants have been promoted one and only one grade. You must notify the school if your child is retained or skips a grade.
Students who enroll in the school will be removed from all wait lists. Students who withdraw from the school must re-apply through the lottery system if they wish to return. No preference will be granted for having attended the school in the past.
The Pembroke Pines-Florida State University Charter K-5 School also has a program for children with Autism. You may apply for this program using the same application. Make sure to note on the application that you are applying for this program. This special program will be located at the K-5 campus at 601 SW 172 Ave. Please send inquiries about this program to: [email protected]
All students currently enrolled are guaranteed admission for the next school year and do not need to submit an application. This includes students moving from elementary to middle and middle to high school. This guarantee assumes that the service hours requirement has been satisfied.
Currently enrolled students will receive a re-registration form that must be completed and returned to the school on or before February 15, 2011. Siblings of currently enrolled students must apply via this re-registration form and may apply to any grade regardless of the length of the wait list.
Students on the current wait lists do not need to reapply.
Applications must be submitted online during the application period. Children of active duty military service members will be allowed to submit an application at any time even if the application deadline has passed. In order to receive military preferential enrollment in the lottery, documentation of call to active duty (e.g. Standard Travel Order) must be presented at the time of admission.
If you do not have internet and email service, please contact the school to make arrangements to apply in person. Parents are responsible for ensuring that information submitted is accurate and up to date. Contact [email protected]
for instructions on updating applications.
Proof of residency in the name of the parent/guardian of the applicant must be provided before a student can enroll. Inaccurate information on the application will void student selection. Proof of residency can be any of the following: CURRENT water bill, electric bill, gas bill, mortgage statement or purchase agreement.
Duplicate applications will be discarded.
All new applicants will be entered into a lottery that will select students for enrollment and generate a wait list for each grade. Wait lists are kept and updated from year to year until all students on the lists have been called.
New applicants will not choose a campus when applying. Applicants called from the wait lists will be offered the next available seat at any campus. Applicants may accept the seat or defer admission until a seat at a preferred campus is available.
Children of staff members will be offered available spaces on a first come, first served basis before wait list applicants. This preference will be granted to staff of the Pembroke Pines Charter Schools exclusively. Any staff member who does not complete one full calendar year's service (one year from the anniversary date) and return for a second year of employment will withdraw his/her child from the school by the end of the semester.
Seats will also be assigned to inter-campus transfers and students that are retained in a given grade or promoted more than one grade before wait list applicants.
Students who withdraw from the school must re-apply through the lottery system. No preference will be granted for having attended the school in the past.
Lottery applicants are granted admissions preference in the order below:
Children of active duty military with siblings currently enrolled.
Children of active duty military without siblings currently enrolled.
Siblings of currently enrolled students.
Pembroke Pines residents with no siblings enrolled.
Non-Pembroke Pines residents with no siblings enrolled.
Active duty military is defined as: full-time duty status in the active uniformed service of the United States, including members of the National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders pursuant to 10 U.S.C. Section 1209 and 1211. “Uniformed service(s)” means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Services.
Within each category, applications are prioritized by year applied; with oldest applications having the highest priority.
Withing each category/year group, highest priority is given to the applicant with the highest computer generated random number.
Sibling preference is granted to siblings of students who are currently enrolled in any City of Pembroke Pines Charter School. In addition, this sibling preference will be granted to siblings of Pembroke Pines Charter School students as long as the sibling was on the waiting list prior to graduation.
The waiting list, once generated, will not be reordered if an applicant’s category changes after the lottery. To account for category changes, wait list numbers will be re-issued every year. We cannot guarantee a more favorable wait list number for applicants from year to year.
The length of time that a sibling has been enrolled in the school system will not have any impact on an applicants wait list number.
We will post the lottery results and wait list numbers on our website in April. Students who were selected will be notified by mail. The admission letter will inform you that your child has been selected and will contain instructions on how to enroll (see the Registration Requirements section of this page).
As spaces become available throughout the summer and next school year, we will invite applicants on the waiting list to enroll. It is the responsibility of applicants to assure that the school has up to date contact information. Applicants that cannot be reached will be removed from the wait list. Once notified, applicants will have two business days to schedule an enrollment appointment. Applicants who fail to make the appointment or enroll will be removed from the waiting list. The seat will be offered to the next applicant on the waiting list.
Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for specific campuses. All applicants will be pooled in the wait list. Openings in a given grade at any BCS campus will be offered to the first applicant on the wait list for that grade. Applicants may accept the opening or defer admission until a preferable campus is available. This applies only to students submitting applications after 2002. Students that submitted applications before 2003 will only be allowed to enroll at the campus they chose on their application.
As wait lists roll over from year to year, we place students on the list for the grade they would attend assuming that they are promoted one grade each year. Students that are retained or skip a grade will be placed at the bottom of their year’s wait list for the new grade.