The Enrollment Process

Enrolling in Damar Charter Academy

Thank you for your interest in Damar Charter Academy!

Damar Charter Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school created to focus on the educational needs of children and youth living with autism and other significant developmental, intellectual and behavioral challenges.

Since it opened in 2011, Damar Charter Academy has been recognized widely for its success in helping children succeed. As a result, the school routinely receives more applications for enrollment than it can accommodate. To offer a fair process for selecting students, each year the school conducts a student lottery, randomly choosing from among the pool of new applicants.

This year’s lotter will be held on Thursday, June 1, at 6 p.m. at Damar Charter Academy. If you’d like to learn more, contact us.

If you are interested in participating in an upcoming student lottery, please review the following information.

Who may apply to Damar Charter Academy
Students in grades K-12 who are residents of the state of Indiana are eligible to apply for enrollment. Children who will be 5 years old on or before August 1 may seek enrollment in kindergarten.

Enrollment deadline
Like any public school, Damar Charter Academy accepts enrollment applications year-round. However, to be eligible for our annual student lottery, you must submit your application in time to be reviewed before the lottery. This year, the lottery will be held on June 1.

Selection process
Admission in Damar Charter Academy is based on the availability of seats — and we typically get more applications than we have seats. As a result, each year, the school conducts a student lottery for accepting applications and deciding enrollment.

Application process
A parent or legal guardian can start the process by completing and submitting the school’s Student Application Form, which can be downloaded here or provided at the school office and returned to the school by email, fax, mail or in person. NOTE: Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted, and completing an application does not guarantee that you’ll be included in the lottery or enrolled in the school.

Application limit
Only one application per student may be submitted. Submitting multiple applications per student may result in removal from the selection process.

Review process
Applications received by the announced lottery enrollment deadline will be reviewed by a school staff for completeness, legal state of residence, age and grade of the student, and confirmation that only one application per student is recorded. Approved applications will be included in the lottery process.

Late applications
Applications received after the announced lottery deadline will be reviewed and placed on the waiting list in the order they are received. NOTE: These applications will rank on the waiting list behind applicants who participated in the lottery but were not chosen for an opening.

The waiting list
Damar Charter Academy will fill student openings as they become available. The waiting list will be accessed if one or more of the applicants selected during the lottery does not complete the enrollment process by the established deadline or chooses not to attend the school. Applicants will remain on the waiting list until they are enrolled in the school or request to be removed from the waiting list.

If a child from the waiting list is offered a spot in Damar Charter Academy, the family has five (5) business days to complete the enrollment process and submit all required forms and documents to the school. If the family misses this deadline, the child will be removed from the waiting list and forfeit enrollment eligibility.

Completing an application
To complete an application, click here.

Questions? Please review our Enrollment FAQs or contact us for additional information.

* Damar Charter Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies or school programs.

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