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Application Process

Application Process

a) Applications due February 1:

  1. To apply to The Parker School, an application must be completed and submitted to the school by each year’s February 1 deadline.
  2. Applications cannot be accepted after February 1, except when February 1 falls on a weekend, in which case, applications are accepted on the Monday following February 1.
  3. The Parker School will make public notice of these dates each year between December 1 and February 1. At least one month’s notice will be given. Each year, the number of available spots for each grade level in the coming year will be determined and announced as part of the enrollment process. If the school receives more applicants than it has openings, a lottery will be conducted from the pool of all completed applications received by February 1.
  4. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that an application has been received by the school; applicants may contact the front office of The Parker School to confirm that an application is on file for the lottery.
  5. The application itself requires only one parent/guardian signature.
  6. Applications from students who do not meet eligibility criteria as stated above will be returned to the parent/guardian who filed the application, along with an explanation for the return.

b) How to get an application:

  1. Applications can be obtained from the school website (www.theparkerschool.org) or by contacting the front office of The Parker School. There is also an online application form available at the school website. Inquiries about enrollment can be made at any time of year, however the official enrollment management window each year is from December 1 to February 1.

c) Information Sessions/Visiting the School:

  1. In order for students and parents/guardians to clearly understand The Parker School program, it is strongly recommended that parents/guardians and students attend an Information Session. Note that attendance at an Information Session is not required to apply or be admitted to The Parker School. Several types of information sessions are held each year: school visit mornings, evening information sessions, and community information sessions. Dates and details of each year’s information sessions are posted on the school website, posted in local community venues, and advertised in community papers. Public notice of these sessions and application deadlines is made at least one month in advance of the application deadline. All sessions are intended for students and families and are designed for participants to better understand the Parker program and determine if it is a good fit for their student(s).

d) No Waitlist Roll-Over:

  1. Applications from students with a “waitlist spot” from a current or prior year do NOT roll over from year to year. Students on one year’s waitlist are NOT automatically reentered in the next year’s lottery. All students on a waitlist must re-submit an application each year and go through the lottery process each year, yielding a new waitlist number each year. “Repeat” applications and “first-time” applications to The Parker School have equal status in the lottery and no preference is given to students who have previously been on a waitlist. On or around the beginning of each year’s enrollment window (December 1), Parker will send a letter to all previous applicants who are on the current year’s waitlist to prompt them to submit a new application for the following year’s lottery. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit a new application for each school year for which they wish to be considered an applicant.
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