2019-2020 Enrollment Information
Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on January 1, 2019 at 8:00am and end on March 31, 2019. The lottery will be held April 11, 2019 at 5:00pm.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Lower School FAQs
Middle School FAQs
Upper School FAQs
At Open House events you will see a brief presentation from the Head of School and Principals and then have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour, interacting with our faculty outside the school operating hours. Open Houses will be held at both of our current campus locations.
- Tuesday April 23, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 for 6th-12th grade at McIntosh Rd. Campus
Tours & Shadow Experience
Taking a tour will give you the opportunity to see our school environment in action during the school day. You will also get the opportunity to ask questions of your tour guide. Tours will be given at both of our current campus locations. There will be no Lower School campus tours offered after March 31st. This year, prospective middle and high school students will also have the opportunity to shadow for a morning.
The Lower School tours have been completed.
For a tour of Middle & Upper School and the Shadow Experience: Please sign-up here.
IC Imagine is a tuition free public school. Any child who is qualified under the laws of North Carolina for admission to a public school is qualified for admission to a charter school. To qualify to attend a NC public school, a student must be a resident of North Carolina. County boundaries or school attendance areas do not affect charter school enrollment. IC Imagine does not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion or ancestry.
Open enrollment for IC Imagine will be open for a three month period. The open enrollment period will be made public through a variety of methods including the school website, local advertising, and through communications with families of currently enrolled students.
During each period of enrollment, IC Imagine will accept applications for new students. Once enrolled, students are not required to enroll in subsequent enrollment periods. In order to properly plan, the school will routinely inquire the parents of currently enrolled students in early spring through letters of intent to ascertain if students will return to IC Imagine. Applications for new students are available in the school office and on the website (www.icimagine.org). If needed, the application may be mailed or emailed to the parent of a prospective student.
During the enrollment period, IC Imagine will enroll all eligible students who submit an application within this period, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of the school, class, and grade level. If the number of applications exceeds the number of available spaces, a lottery will be held to fill vacant seats for the next school year. After seats are filled, the drawing will continue to determine the order of a wait list. Current year wait lists will dissolve when the next enrollment period begins.
Once enrolled, students remain enrolled until a parent withdraws a student by contacting the Registrar’s office. When a student withdraws, space becomes available in that grade and a call or email is placed to the next person on the wait list. The calls/emails continue until the position is filled. Each year school leadership determines how far into the academic year to continue making offers as positions become available. Factors that affect the decision include space, supplies, and grade level.
Lottery procedures will comply with the NC Open Meetings Laws provided in G. S.143-218.10(a). IC Imagine will publicize the date, time, and location of the meeting and allow anyone to attend.
Misrepresentations on the application will result in this application being eliminated and/or applicant’s dismissal from the school.
Kindergarten Enrollment Age
For Kindergarten admissions, the student must be 5 years old prior to August 31 of the enrollment year (N.C.G.S. 115C-364).
Sibling Lottery Procedures
At IC Imagine, during the lottery, school officials will enter one surname for all the siblings applying at the same time and if that name is drawn, all children are admitted simultaneously if space is available. If one child in a family receives an offer, siblings will only receive an offer if their wait list number moves up to an offer for the grade they are applying. They will be considered “siblings” for the next year (after one child in the family is attending) and must apply to the sibling lottery for the following academic year. Per state law, North Carolina Charter Schools are not permitted to carry-over wait lists year to year; therefore, it is necessary to apply for each school year. According to revised charter school law, a sibling is defined as half siblings, step siblings, and children residing in a foster home. In the case of seniors, the sibling preference will be granted if the lottery takes place before graduation and the sibling is enrolled in the school.
Siblings with shared birth dates (twins, triplets, etc.) will be pulled in sequential order. For example when twins apply, our computer script identifies the twins prior to lottery. If one is pulled as wait list number 43, the other twin will be automatically numbered wait list number 44. Then the random ordering of the other names will continue. An application needs to be completed for each multiple birth child. Please remember to complete the multiple birth sibling section for each child. If the multiple birth siblings are in different grades, parents will be asked to select the grade level to place the name. That affords the parent rather than the school to make the selection. If one slot remains in the grade span when the multiple birth sibling card is drawn, all of the multiple birth siblings will be admitted.
Siblings of students who completed the highest grade offered by IC Imagine and were enrolled at least four years at IC Imagine will receive preference.
Staff and Board Member Preference
Preference will be given to staff members in accordance with charter school law which states that staff members’ children must not exceed 15% of the school’s total enrollment. This preference applies to children of full time employees.
Preference will be given to active IC Imagine board members in accordance with charter school law which states that board members’ children must not exceed 15% of the school’s total enrollment. This preference applies to children of active board members.
If a former student was enrolled at IC Imagine within the last two academic years but left due to an academic study abroad program, competitive admission residential program, vocational opportunities of the parents, or other academic opportunities IC Imagine may grant an enrollment preference on a case by case basis as determined by the School Leadership Team.
Acceptance of Enrollment
In the case of a lottery, accurate records must be maintained throughout the entire process. An accurate waiting list must be maintained and updated appropriately.
Once enrollment has been offered, parents will have a deadline to inform IC Imagine in writing to accept or decline.
If at any time, a family is sent an enrollment invitation, they must respond within the designated time to accept the enrollment seat. If a family does not respond, the school will make an effort to contact the family by phone or email. When there is still no response, the school will assume the family has declined, and the invitation for enrollment will move to the next applicant on the waitlist. If a child is offered enrollment at any point during the first twenty (20) days of school, parents have twenty-four (24) hour to return their acceptance to the school. Failure to do so may result in the withdrawal of that offer of enrollment.
Right to Refuse Enrollment
IC Imagine may refuse admission to any student who has been expelled or suspended from a public school under G.S. 115C-390.5 through G.S. 115C-390.11 until the period of suspension or expulsion has expired.