Enrollment FAQs

Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to enroll in a Damar Charter Academy?
Can students from outside of the Indianapolis area apply?
Does my child have to have autism to attend?
What information is required to enroll a student in school?
How is the student’s grade level decided?
What types of skills will students learn?
How long do students stay at Damar Charter Academy?
What do I have to pay for my child to attend Damar Charter Academy?
What is the "cutoff" date for enrollment applications?
Is there a sibling preference at Damar Charter Academy?
Must students reapply every year?
How does the waiting list work?
How does sibling preference affect class size?
How does sibling preference affect the waiting list?
If my child is enrolled and we move, can he/she continue to attend the school?
We're moving to another part of the country for a year. Can we leave the charter school and reclaim our spot when we return?
How can I participate as a parent?

Who is eligible to enroll in a Damar Charter Academy?
Anyone child eligible for 5-year-old kindergarten through grade 12 can enroll in the school as long as the student is an Indiana resident.

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Can students from outside of the Indianapolis area apply?
Yes. For state-sponsored charter schools like Damar Charter Academy, all students in the state may apply.

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Does my child have to have autism to attend?
Although Damar Charter Academy focuses on serving students with autism and other developmental, intellectual and behavioral challenges, no specific diagnosis is required to enroll a student in the school.

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What information is required to enroll a student in school?

  • You will need the following documents to enroll your student:
  • Original birth certificate to view and copy.
  • Original copies of custody or guardianship documents to view and copy (if applicable).
  • Student immunization record to view and copy.
  • Copy of most recent IEP or 504 Plan for any student who has an active IEP or 504 plan.
  • Copy of high school transcripts (Grades 9-12) to help schedule your student in the most appropriate courses.
  • A utility bill or property tax statement establishing residency in the state of Indiana.
  • Any other documentation requested by the school.

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How is the student’s grade level decided?
Any child applying for enrollment will be required to have successfully completed the preceding grade level and show documentation affirming prior schooling—home, district or other.

The presumption about grade placement is that the majority of children, having successfully completed the previous grade, will be academically and developmentally ready for the next grade and not a lower or higher grade. Exceptions to this general grade-placement guideline require an affirmative vote by a majority of Damar Charter Academy Board of Directors or will be handled according to any subsequent Board policy regarding changes in grade placement.

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What types of skills will students learn?
Each student’s educational program is developed based on his or her IEP, and may include instruction in pre-academics, academics, social skills, self-help skills, leisure skills, pre-vocational and vocational skills, and community living skills. Disruptive behaviors are addressed through instruction in and reinforcement of replacement or alternative skills, including functional communication.

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How long do students stay at Damar Charter Academy?
Damar Charter Academy students vary in ability from having absolutely no form of communication to intermediate or higher level skills. The length of time that a student stays at Damar Charter Academy depends upon his/her skills at entry, number of days in attendance, individual goals, etc.

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What do I have to pay for my child to attend Damar Charter Academy?
Damar Charter Academy does not charge tuition for Indiana students applying to the school under the choice provisions and 10% allowances. However, student families are responsible for paying all applicable registration fees, book rental and supply charges, student activity fees and meal costs.

Charter schools can establish what their school tuition would be for a student who applies from outside the state or outside the eligibility quotas for state-sponsored placements.

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What is the "cutoff" date for enrollment applications?
Damar Charter Academy offers enrollment throughout the year, as spaces become available. A lottery will be held in any enrollment period where the number of students exceeds spaces. Students who submit applications after the cut-off date will be added to the waiting list in the order received by the school and behind those students placed on the list as a result of a lottery drawing.

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Is there a sibling preference at Damar Charter Academy?
Damar Charter Academy is committed to family and family involvement. The Charter Founders believed preference to siblings was beneficial — for the siblings, the family, and the school community in general — to keep young siblings together whenever possible and desired. Therefore, the school’s charter gives preference to siblings.

The most common example of sibling preference is when a sibling of a student already enrolled wishes to attend the school. That sibling is automatically granted admission to and need not apply through the lottery (assuming any other eligibility guidelines are met).

There are other instances of sibling preference, such as two or more siblings applying for admission in the same year. In this example, if a lottery is in place and one sibling is selected, the other siblings would automatically be allowed the opportunity to enroll.

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Must students reapply every year?
No. Once admitted to the school, an eligible student will automatically qualify for enrollment in subsequent years without being subject to an additional lottery. However, if a student withdraws from the school, he/she will be considered a new student for future admission purposes and may be subject to lottery, depending upon vacancies.

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How does the waiting list work?
The waiting list is determined (at the time of the lottery) in the order that lottery numbers are drawn. Openings in the school are offered to those on the waiting list in strict numerical order. An applicant cannot defer an offer and keep his/her spot on the waiting list. If an offer is declined, that applicant is removed from the waiting list and the opening is offered to the next applicant.

There are time constraints on the waiting list, which will be pursed annually to ensure that only those students still interested in attending the school remain on the list. Applicants on the waiting list have the responsibility of keeping the school informed of phone number and address changes.

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How does sibling preference affect class size?
This school is committed to age- and ability-appropriate class sizes and placement. Sibling preference will not influence this guideline. However, it is possible to imagine a scenario in which the sibling preference policy could conflict with class size guidelines or where the sibling is not apt to thrive in Damar Charter Academy because of the school’s particular curriculum philosophy and goals. Should this become a concern, some additional guidelines will be developed to assure the charter’s original goals and purposes are maintained.

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How does sibling preference affect the waiting list?
Families on the waiting list are encouraged to review the school’s sibling preference policy. A sibling of an already-enrolled child may be offered admission before any child on the waiting list.

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If my child is enrolled and we move, can he/she continue to attend the school?
Yes, students who move within the state of Indiana can retain their enrollment at Damar Charter Academy.

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We're moving to another part of the country for a year. Can we leave the charter school and reclaim our spot when we return?
Situations like this would be handled on a case by case basis. The school staff would weigh issues such as length of absence and ability to stay connected to the curriculum or whatever issues they deem pertinent at the time.

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How can I participate as a parent?
We strongly encourage parents to attend IEP/Case Conference meetings, Parent Teacher Conferences and Board of Directors meetings; and to become actively involved as a school volunteer.

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