THE SEASIDE SCHOOL, INC. APPLICATION AND ADMITTANCE POLICY

PLEASE READ THE POLICY BELOW BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS. FOR

PURPOSE OF THIS POLICY, “SEASIDE SCHOOLS” SHALL MEAN BOTH SEASIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL

AND SEACOAST COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL.

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1. General Admission Guidelines
Application for admission is open to any student entering grades five (5) through twelve (12) in
accordance with this Application and Admittance Policy. Applicants must be eligible for
admittance to the grade for which they apply pursuant to the then current policy of the Walton
County School District. Students who reside in Walton County, Florida are granted an admission
preference over non-Walton County residents. Students currently enrolled in a boarding school
outside of Walton County, whose parent or legal guardian resides in Walton County, are
considered Walton County residents. Students residing outside Walton County will be admitted
only after vacancies have been filled by Walton County resident applicants unless otherwise set
forth herein. Proof of Walton County residency and/or other preferences, if applicable, must be
submitted with a student’s application as set forth in paragraph 4.

Seaside Schools comply with the Florida Educational Equity Act (Section 1000.05, Florida
Statutes) which, among other things, requires that students be considered for admission without
regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, or marital status. Students with
disabilities and students served in English for Speakers of Other Languages programs shall have
an equal opportunity of being selected for enrollment (Section 1002.33(10)(f), Florida Statutes).

Seaside Schools also comply with Florida’s controlled open enrollment policy as set forth in
Section 1002.31, Florida Statutes, which requires a charter school allow a parent from any school
district in the state whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension to enroll his
or her child in and transport his or her child to such charter school provided the school has not

reached capacity, subject to the admission preferences set forth in Section 1002.33(10)(d),

Florida Statutes, and the Seaside Schools’ Charter. As required by the statute, The Seaside
School, Inc. Board of Directors will determine the student capacity and state the capacity on the
school website.

2. Special Admission Criteria for High School Grades
Applicants must meet requirements for a collegiate program. The Seaside School combines
the qualities of the dual enrollment program with a small school atmosphere to produce a
setting that allows motivated students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously.
The Seaside School follows eligibility requirements as stated in Section 1007.271 Florida
Statutes for dual enrollment. Any student who does not qualify for dual enrollment classes at
the end of his/her 10th grade year, will be required to transfer out of the Seaside Schools.
Seacoast Collegiate High School has an articulation agreement with Northwest Florida State
College (“NWFSC”). As such, Applicants entering grades eleven (11) and twelve (12) must meet
the applicable NWFSC entrance requirements which are subject to change without notice by
NWFSC. The following items must be submitted to establish compliance before June 1 for
enrollment in the fall semester.
• Official transcript from currently enrolled high school for the fall semester and courses
currently enrolled for the spring semester. Applicant must have a minimum
unweighted high school GPA of 3.00 for all credits earned by the close of the fall
semester of the year prior to enrollment. The unweighted GPA of 3.00 must be
maintained through the spring semester for enrollment purposes.
• ACT, SAT, or PERT test scores taken within the previous two years. Applicants must
make qualifying test scores in reading, writing, and math as required by NWFSC.
Applicants may pre-qualify admission by submitting all admissions criteria, including qualifying
ACT, SAT, or PERT scores, 7 days prior to the expiration of the lottery application deadline;
however, the unweighted GPA of 3.00 must be maintained through the spring semester for
enrollment purposes.


3. Application and Lottery Process

Applications for admission are accepted each year from February 1 through 5:00PM (Central
Time) on March 31 for enrollment in the following school year through the lottery process. Only
those applicants who submit complete and accurate applications by the March 31 deadline will
be placed in the enrollment lottery. Applications may be submitted after March 31 and through
December 31 of each year for those wishing to join the waiting list. Applicants submitting
applications after March 31 will be placed on the waiting list in the order of their submission by
grade level. Parents or legal guardians of a child who desire to attend Seaside Schools must
complete an application and provide all required documentation through the online Smart
Choice Student Application & Lottery Management System (“Smart Choice”) available on the
Seaside Schools website. If the parent or legal guardian does not have access to a computer or
scanner, they may complete the application at either the Seaside Middle School or Seacoast
Collegiate High School campus by scheduling an appointment. Appointments may be scheduled
by sending an email to lotteryinfo@seasideschools.net. No student will be considered for
admission through the lottery process unless his or her application and all required
documentation is completed accurately and submitted prior to the end of the lottery application
period.

4. Admission Preferences

Pursuant to Section 1002.33(10)(d), Florida Statutes, and the Seaside Schools’ Charter, Seaside
Schools gives preference in admission for certain categories of applicants. Each preference
category, along with the qualifying criteria, is described below in order of priority. If there are
more applicants with preferences than available openings, applicants with preferences will be
randomly chosen in the preference order presented below. While an applicant may have a
preference for admission, that preference does not guaranty admission. In order for the
administration to know how many students with a preference are expecting to attend Seaside
Schools, those students that qualify for a preference must complete and submit an application

along with all required accurate documentation by the end of the application period to be

considered for admission.

A. Children of Seaside Schools Employees: An Eligible Employee is defined as: (1) an
employee who is currently salaried; or (2) an employee currently working hourly at
least 20 hours per week, and is paid directly by The Seaside School, Inc., and reports
directly to the school’s administration. Legal children and wards of current Eligible
Employees of Seaside Schools have preference with respect to admissions, regardless
of whether the child resides in Walton County or resides with the Eligible Employee.
Step-children of Eligible Employees are also entitled to this preference if the step-child
resides with the Eligible Employee. A step-child is defined as the legal child or ward
of the Eligible Employee’s legal spouse. Other relatives are not eligible for this
preference. If an Eligible Employee is hired after the application lottery and the child
of the Eligible Employee has submitted an application, such child will have priority

over other applicants on the waiting list except for the children, wards, and step-
children of current or past board members. If an Eligible Employee resigns or is

terminated, it is at the Board of Directors' discretion as to whether or not his or her
enrolled child or children will be asked to withdraw from Seaside Schools. Individuals,
such as coaches, independent contractors, employees working less than 20 hours per
week, or those paid only a stipend are not eligible for this preference.

B. Children of Seaside Schools Board Members: Legal children and wards of board
members of The Seaside School, Inc. who successfully completed a three-year term
or are currently serving, or who have filled or who are currently filling a vacancy term
in excess of two years, have preference with respect to admissions, regardless of
whether the child resides in Walton County or resides with the current or former
board member. Step-children of current or past board members are also entitled to
this preference if the step-child resides with the current or past board member. A
step-child is defined as the legal child or ward of the current or past board member’s
legal spouse. Other relatives are not eligible for this preference. If a new board

member is elected after the application lottery has taken place and the child of the

new board member has submitted an application, such child will have priority over
other applicants on the waiting list. If a board member resigns or is asked to leave
The Seaside School, Inc., Board of Directors before his or her three-year term has been
completed, it is at the Board of Directors' discretion as to whether or not their enrolled
child or children will be asked to withdraw from Seaside Schools.

C. Siblings of Currently Enrolled Students: Siblings of students enrolled in Seaside
Schools at the time of the sibling’s application and the application lottery have
preference with respect to admissions. In order to qualify for this preference, the
sibling must either: (a) be related to the enrolled sibling by sharing a common legal
parent or legal guardian; or (b) reside at the same residence as the enrolled sibling
and have a legal parent or legal guardian who is married to the legal parent or legal
guardian of the enrolled sibling. If there are two or more siblings that are all applying
to the earliest grade offered by Seaside Schools, they will be entered in the application
lottery separately, and if one is selected for admittance, the other(s) will be moved up
to next on the list for selection.


D. Walton County Residents: Students who are Walton County residents have
preference with respect to admissions over non-Walton County residents. Proof of
the student’s Walton County residency must be submitted with a student’s
application and consist of the following:


i. FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN A WALTON COUNTY PUBLIC
SCHOOL
a. A current school report card; and
b. One (1) item from paragraph vi below.


ii. FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN A NON-WALTON COUNTY
PUBLIC SCHOOL
a. A current school report card or enrollment papers showing current
address; and

b. Two (2) items from paragraph vi below.

iii. FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY HOMESCHOOLED
a. Executed Walton County Notification of Intent to Establish a Home
Education Program; and
b. Two (2) other items from paragraph vi below.


iv. FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL OR
BOARDING SCHOOL
a. A current school report card or current school enrollment papers
showing current address; and
b. Two (2) other items from paragraph vi below.


v. FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN A VIRTUAL SCHOOL
a. Enrollment papers from virtual school showing current address;
and
b. Two (2) other items from paragraph vi below.


vi. FOR ALL STUDENTS – One (1) of the following items from the child’s parent
or legal guardian all of which must contain the same Walton County
residential address to supplement the criteria set forth in paragraphs i
through v above:
a. Florida driver’s license;
b. Florida voter registration card;
c. Florida issued identification card;
d. Florida homestead exemption certification;
e. Florida declaration of domicile recorded with the Walton County
Clerk of Court;
f. Florida vehicle registration showing current address;
g. Executed lease agreement;
h. Written orders from any branch of the United States Armed Forces
showing a duty to report to a base located within 50 miles of

Walton County, established no later than July 31st of the upcoming

academic year, or
i. Any other proof accepted in the discretion of the Governance
Committee of The Seaside School, Inc. Board of Directors
(“Governance Committee”).

5. Application Lottery Process & Acceptance of Admission

If there are more applications than openings for the upcoming school year after the lottery
application deadline passes, an application lottery will be conducted during the first full week of
May, unless otherwise scheduled by the Board of Directors, to randomly select applicants for
admission. Prior to the lottery, parents and legal guardians will have the opportunity to verify the
status of their child’s application through an online personal account with a secure username and
password via Smart Choice. The lottery will be conducted through Smart Choice in the presence
of and verified by a representative of the Walton County School District, a Seaside School. Inc.,
School Board Member, and a principal of Seaside Schools. Applicants will be selected in the
following preference order as set forth elsewhere in this policy:
A. Children of Current Eligible Employees of Seaside Schools
B. Children of Seaside Schools Board Members
C. Siblings of Currently Enrolled Students at Seaside Schools
D. Walton County Residents
E. Non-Walton County Residents

After all available openings have been filled, applicants will continue to be randomly selected and
placed in numerical order by grade level to create the waiting list for each grade.

The parents and legal guardians of applicants selected for enrollment will be notified via Smart
Choice within 24 hours of the lottery. Parents and guardians of selected applicants must accept
or decline enrollment by 5:00PM (Central Time) on the third day following the lottery via Smart

Choice. Failure to accept enrollment by the deadline will be treated as a decline and the spot

will be offered to an applicant on the waiting list.

6. Waiting Lists

The waiting list created through the application lottery is for the upcoming school year. If an
opening occurs and needs to be filled at the discretion of the school principal, the parent or legal
guardian of the applicant next on the waiting list will be contacted. If the applicant is for Seacoast
Collegiate High School, the student must provide information to the school principal showing the
student meets a preponderance of the prerequisite courses for admission. If the applicant
requires prerequisite courses for admission and cannot be enrolled in the courses currently
offered, the school principal may, at his or her discretion, move to the next applicant on the
waiting list. The parent or legal guardian must accept or decline admission within 48 hours.
Failure to do so will be treated as a decline. It the applicant declines, he or she will be removed
from the waiting list. The waiting list will stay in effect until the lottery application period ends
the following year and at that point will become null and void. All applicants on the waiting list
that were not admitted, must reapply for the next school year through the standard application
process.

Please note when a student withdraws from Seaside Schools, an applicant on the waiting list in
the same grade may not always be admitted. There are times when an applicant on the waiting
list in a different grade will be admitted to replace the student leaving the school. This will depend
on the current numbers for each grade at the time and is at the discretion of the school principal.
Applicants that wish to be admitted but did not submit an application during the lottery
application period will be added to the bottom of the waiting list on a first come, first serve basis.

7. DISPUTES

If any dispute arises regarding the application process, application lottery, or interpretation of

this Application and Admittance Policy, such disputes shall be resolved by majority vote of the
Governance Committee, subject to appeal to the Board of Directors.

Approved on January 21, 2021, by The Seaside School, Inc. Board of Directors.