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Enrollment/Application Process

Enrollment/Application Process

To apply to The Parker School, an application must be completed and submitted to the school prior to each year’s February 1 deadline. Applications can be obtained contacting the front office of The Parker School. Inquiries can be made at any time of year, however the official enrollment management window each year is from December 1 to February 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. However, attendance at an Information Session is not required to apply or be admitted. 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).

The Parker School’s application period is from December 1 until February 1 for the following school year. Applications will not be accepted after February 1. 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. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that an application has been received; applicants may contact the front office of The Parker School to confirm that an application is on file for the lottery.

At the beginning of each year’s enrollment window (no later than December 1), Parker will send a letter to all waitlisted students who are on the current year’s waitlist to prompt them to submit a new application for the follow 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. Waitlist spots do NOT roll over from year to year and 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 each year and no preference is given to students who have previously been on a waitlist.

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