Application Process

Application Period
October 5, 2020 12:01 a.m. — November 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

All applications must be submitted by Monday, November 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. to be considered timely. Applications must be submitted through the online application portal.

After Monday, November 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., parents can complete a 2021 – 2022 interest form. We will only contact parents who complete the interest form if there is seat availability after processing all timely applications.

Communication

Please note that we will send all communications via email. You must check your email regularly during the application process. If your email address changes or you cannot access your email account, please call us at 504.826.7140 to update your email address. 

Assessment

All applicants must assess at Lake Forest to be eligible for admission. We will schedule an assessment appointment upon receipt of your completed application. We will send assessment appointment letters via email within 72 hours of complete application submission. If you do not receive your appointment letter within 72 hours of application submission, please call the school at 504.826.7140. If your child needs testing accommodations, a copy of the current IEP, IAP, or 504 plan must be submitted to the school via email at admissions@lakeforestcharter.org by December 7, 2020.

Orientation

You only need to attend one parent orientation to receive matrix points. Due to COVID-19, we will be hosting orientations via zoom. All parents/guardians must attend the full orientation to obtain the corresponding matrix points. Orientations will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 10:00 a.m. Attendance will be verified by registration, and parents will receive a link to the online survey at the orientation conclusion. Parents will earn points for attendance (3 points) and survey completion (3 points). 

You will need to create a free Zoom account to attend the orientation. Below you will find a video with instructions on how to create a free Zoom account. VIDEO LINK

You can also find written directions here.

Application Phases

Phase I

Phase I of the application process consists of application submission, assessment, and orientation. All applicants will receive score notification via email two weeks after they have taken the assessment at LFC. Applicants must score a minimum of 11 combined points on the Kindergarten assessment and 14 combined points on the 1st—8th-grade assessment to proceed to Phase II.

Phase II

Once applicants have achieved the minimum combined score on the admission assessment, they will continue to Phase II. We will calculate the total matrix score in Phase II. We will email the total matrix scores to applicants.

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants are defined as applicants that meet the minimum qualifying score determined by the school admissions matrix.

Age Requirements for Kindergarten

Applicants who wish to apply to LFC for Kindergarten must turn five (5) by September 30, 2021

Age Requirements for 1st grade

Applicants who wish to apply to LFC for 1st grade must turn six (6) by September 30, 2021

Enrollment priorities

For Kindergarten ONLY, siblings of current applicants who qualify for admission are given the highest priority for available seats.

Definition of Sibling

A sibling is defined as having one or both parents in common or a step-sister or step-brother who resides under the same roof. Documentation may be requested to confirm sibling status. If the sibling withdraws from the school before the applicant is offered placement, priority status will be revoked.

Lottery

If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available seats for any grade level, there will be a lottery for that grade level to determine waiting list numbers. The admissions lottery date is TBD. The Admissions Coordinator will conduct the lottery with at least one member of the Board of Directors present. Parents are invited but are not required to attend the lottery. We may conduct the lottery virtually, if necessary. All entries will be pulled and recorded until the pool is exhausted. Once available spaces are filled, the lottery will continue to develop the waiting list order. Following the lottery, parents will be notified of their child’s status by email within one week of the lottery.

Waiting List

The waiting list will remain in effect until October 1, 2021. We will notify applicants in the waiting list order to fill open spots if they come available.

Twins & Multiples

Should a lottery be necessary, twins and members of multiple births who qualify and are applying to the same grade, although applying separately, will be entered as one entrant. If one child receives a placement offer and the other child/children make(s) the minimum eligible matrix score, the other sibling (s) shall also have (a) placement offer(s) to the school.

Seat Acceptance

Upon enrollment offer, parents will receive instructions on how to accept the enrollment offer and complete the applicant’s files. Parents will have three (3) business days to accept or decline the enrollment offer.

Residency

Applicants must provide documentation that they reside in Orleans Parish by providing three (3) proofs of residency during registration (after acceptance). The three proofs of residency must include the parent/legal guardian’s name and the same address as the applicant’s address. We do not accept Post Office boxes as proofs of residency. Applicants from Families in Transition (living with someone and do not have proof of residence in their name)/Homeless may satisfy the domicile requirements for Lake Forest Charter School by meeting with a member of the admissions team.

Appeals/Grievances

Lake Forest Charter does not offer retakes of the admission assessment – No exceptions. Parents/Legal Guardians have the right to appeal any admission decisions. The appeal must be submitted in writing to the Admission Review Committee within three (3) business days of the admissions decision letter date. The decision of the Admission Review Committee is final.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Lake Forest Charter School does not discriminate based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, gender identity or expression, or any other classification protected by law in any of its business activities, including its educational programs and activities which comply fully with the requirements of state and federal law and Title IX. 

Lake Forest Charter Assessment Information

All applicants must assess at Lake Forest to be eligible for admission.

Applicants will receive an assessment appointment within 72 hours of complete application submission through the online portal. If an appointment is not received within 72 hours, parents should send us an email using the button below.

All applicants must assess at Lake Forest to be eligible for admission. Kindergarten applicants will assess Monday – Friday. Kindergarten assessments are 30 minutes. Students applying for grades 1 – 8 will assess on Saturdays. 1st and 2nd grade assessments are 1 hour and 30 minutes, and 3rd – 8th grade assessments are 2 hours.All applicants must sign a COVID-19 return to school acknowledgment form before entering the building. Your child will not be able to assess unless this form is complete. We will email you the form before your assessment date, and you must bring a signed form on the morning of your assessment. Forms will be available for anyone that does not have printing capabilities.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, students applying to grades 1 – 8 will assess in groups of 5. Students will be seated 6 feet apart in classrooms. Students are required to wear cloth face coverings or cloth face coverings and face shields the entire time they are on campus, with no exceptions. Face shields alone are not acceptable. Students will have a specific arrival time and dismissal time to ensure limited contact and congregating.

Parents MUST arrive on time for dismissal and pickup.

Assessments are scheduled in the order the application is received, and all timely applicants will have the opportunity to assess. Due to the overwhelming number of applications, we are unable to reschedule appointments. We strongly suggest that you print your appointment letter and place it in a prominent place in your home to avoid missing your assessment appointment.

Lake Forest Charter Admissions Matrix

K POINTS READ% MATH% ORIENTATION SURVEY PORTFOLIO
I 10 90 – 99 90 – 99
N 9
D 8 80 – 89 80 – 89
E 7
R 6 70 – 79 70 – 79
G 5 60 – 69 60 – 69
A 4 55 – 59 55 – 59
R 3 50 – 54 50 – 54 Attended Returned Submitted
T 2 40 – 49 40 – 49
E 1 0-39 0-39
N 0 Not Attended Not Returned Incomplete

 

MAXIMUM POINTS = 29 – Score needed to qualify for admission = 20

LAKE FOREST ELEMENTARY CHARTER MATRIX FOR GRADES 1 – 8

POINTS GRADE POINT AVERAGE READ% MATH% ORIENTATION SURVEY ABSENCES
10 3.5 – 4.0 90 – 99 90 – 99
9 80 – 89 80 – 89
8 3.0 – 3.49 70 – 79 70 – 79
7 2.5 – 2.99 55 – 69 55 – 69
6 2.3 – 2.49 50 – 54 50 – 54
5 2.0 – 2.29 45 – 49 45 – 49
4 40 – 44 40 – 44
3 Attended Returned 0-5 absences
2 6-7 absences
1 0.0 – 1.99 0-39 0-39 8-9 absences
0 Not Attended Not Returned 10 or more

 

MAXIMUM POINTS = 39 – Score needed to qualify for admission = 33