ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Application Openings & Enrollment Deadlines for Fall 2022 Start Date

for PK, K-6th, & 7th-11th Grade Students

  • Priority Applications Open: Nov. 17th, 2021 - Jan. 28th, 2022 

  • Open Enrollment (for any remaining seats): Jan 29th- July 2022 

Note: Parents/Guardians are responsible for checking all wait pool information (link here) and reading the entire "Admissions Process Quick Reference" (below) prior to applying. All parents/guardians must attend an in-person tour, so you do not miss any pertinent information about the Admissions Process and have space to ask questions. Wait Pool letters may go out at any time in the Admissions Process as seat availability changes quickly as students accept and/or decline seats.

Thank you for your interest in Oak City Academy, a Christian Montessori school for ages PK-high school. Below you will find an overview of the Admissions Process. If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact OCA's Admissions Coordinator, Lauren Lindstrom, at admissions@oakcityacademy.org.

Admissions Process Quick Reference:
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Parent/Guardian Tour

We recommend that all families tour, prior to applying, to ensure that there are seats available. You can register on OCA’s website for a tour, and seat availability updates are posted online. All families must tour as part of the application process. 

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Admissions Application

The formal application process begins when a completed application and the application fee is received through TADS. YOU MAY NOT APPLY UNTIL THE DATE LISTED ABOVE WHEN APPLICATIONS OPEN. Please refer to the “Enrollment Deadlines” above to know when applications are due for consideration. All fees, including the application fee, are non-refundable. You may submit your application online at the "Apply Now" button above.

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Scholarship Application (if applicable)

OCA offers 2 types of scholarship possibilities for families: The Opportunity Scholarship and Internal OCA Scholarships. Full Time and Blended Model Families may both apply for the Opportunity Scholarship Program which is a $4200 state scholarship that goes toward OCA Tuition. In addition to the Opportunity Scholarship, OCA offers internal scholarships for students from urban & under-resourced communities in the full time program (K-4th grade only). Families must meet the financial criteria for free lunch per the NC Eligibility Requirements Set for School Lunch Program to apply for an internal scholarship. If you income is slightly over this threshold, we welcome you to apply. OCA does not offer internal scholarships to PK students, 5th grade-High School students, or students in the Blended Model Program.*

*If your application is dependent upon receiving an internal scholarship, applicants must inquire about scholarship availability at admissions@oakcityacademy.org prior to completing an Admissions Application as internal scholarships are limited. If available, scholarship Applications are due the week you submit your Admissions Application.

  1. Step 1 (Opportunity Scholarship)- All families who apply for an Internal OCA Scholarship must first apply for the Opportunity Scholarship (NC state lottery) usually between Feb 1st-March 1st. You may apply here http://www.ncseaa.edu/OSG.htm

  2. Step 2 (Email OCA Admissions Coordinator)- Once you have applied for the Opportunity Scholarship, email the Admissions Coordinator at admissions@oakcityacademy.org and let OCA's Admissions Coordinator know that you have applied for the Opportunity Scholarship. At this time, applicants should ask if any internal scholarships are still available.  

  3. Step 3 (2 Applications)- You may THEN apply through OCA's Admissions Application & submit a Scholarship Application on TADS here: www.mytads.com and click on ‘Financial Aid Assessment’ to begin an application. If families need assistance with their application along the way, they can contact Family Support at 800-477-8237, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Central Time.

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Confidential Teacher Evaluation Forms

Confidential Teacher Evaluation Forms are required for each student. Various forms are required, depending on what program and grade your student is applying for, so please follow the instructions below for the grade and program you are applying for. Note that if teacher evaluations do not give us the academic information we need regarding your student, the Admissions Board may ask for additional references.  
 

  1. PK3, PK4, & Full Time K Applicants: If your rising PK or K child has previously attended preschool or daycare, we require TWO Teacher Evaluation Forms to be completed by their current/most recent teachers.  If your rising PK or K child has not previously attended preschool or daycare, we only require ONE Teacher Evaluation form. This ONE form should be completed by a teacher or person who has observed your child in a group setting (other than a relative). Examples of who may fill out this form include: Church childcare leaders, Sunday School Teachers, Children’s Choir Directors, Art Teachers, Sports/Dance Coaches, etc. Provide the "Teacher Evaluation Form" link (found here) to each teacher within 24 hours of completing the Admissions Application. Ask the Teacher to complete the form within 72 hours.

  2. Full Time 1st-6th Grade Applicants: TWO Teacher Evaluation Forms are required from your child's most recent school teachers who have taught your child in their core subjects (ex. math, reading, & language arts). One Teacher Evaluation Form must be completed by your child’s most recent/current teacher. If your child does not have a second current teacher who has taught a core subject, then the second Teacher Evaluation Form must be completed by a second teacher or person (other than a relative) who knows the applicant well and has observed him/her regularly in a structured educational setting. This may be a non-core subject, only if necessary. Examples include teachers of subject areas like Science, History, PE, After School Care, a teacher from ONE grade level before, etc. Provide the "Teacher Evaluation Form" link (found here) to each teacher within 24 hours of completing the Admissions Application. Ask the Teacher to complete the form within 72 hours. 
     

  3. Blended Model K-6th Grade Applicants:  TWO Teacher Evaluation Forms are required from the most recent teachers who have taught your child in an academic setting. If your child is coming from a homeschool environment, one Teacher Evaluation Form is filled out by the homeschool parent who teaches the child on a regular basis. The second Teacher Evaluation Form is filled out by an adult (non-family member) who regularly observes the child in a group setting (preferably an academic setting such as a co-op teacher). A private tutor is also acceptable for homeschool families. Provide the Teacher Evaluation Form" link below to each teacher within 24 hours of completing the Admissions Application. Ask the Teacher to complete the form within 72 hours. Ask the Teacher to complete the form within 72 hours.**

Teacher Eval for Blended Kindergarten found here

Teacher Eval for Blended Model 1st-6th Grade found here

4. ​​Hybrid Model 7th-11th Grade Applicants: TWO Teacher Evaluation Forms are required from the most recent teachers who have taught your child in an academic setting. If your child is coming from a homeschool environment, one Teacher Evaluation Form is filled out by the homeschool parent who teaches the child on a regular basis. The second Teacher Evaluation Form is filled out by an adult (non-family member) who regularly observes the child in a group setting (preferably an academic setting such as a co-op teacher). A private tutor is also acceptable for homeschool families. Provide the Teacher Evaluation Form" link (found here) to each teacher within 24 hours of completing the Admissions Application. Ask the Teacher to complete the form within 72 hours.**

**If your child is NOT coming directly out of a full time homeschool environment (homeschooled for at least the past 3 months), BOTH Teacher Evals will need to be completed by the most recent academic teachers from your child's previous school. 

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Submit School Records

Records Instructions for Applicants coming from a public, private, or charter school: 

Parent/Guardian: Request copies of the following records from your child’s previous school. Please fill out this form and submit it to your child’s current school. Your child’s current school will then release the student records to OCA via email or mail. 

 

Records Instructions for Applicants coming from a homeschool environment: 

For students coming from a homeschool environment for 2 years or longer (or homeschooled Kindergarten students), send one email with ALL applicable Attachments to OCA's Admissions Coordinator at admissions@oakcityacademy.org titled, “(Child’s First & Last Name, Program (Blended or Full Time), and Grade)  School Records” 

  • Ex1. John Doe, Full Time 6th School Records

  • Ex2. Susan White, Blended 2nd School Records

  • Ex 3. Addison Smith, Hybrid 9th School Records

For students coming from a homeschool environment for LESS THAN 2 years, we will need BOTH previous public, private, or charter school records (click link above for records request form)  AND your child's most recent homeschool records. 

Records must include: 

  1. Report Cards (including last 2 years of most recent report cards)

  2. Standardized Test Scores (Applies to Full time 1st-6th, Blended Model 1st-6th, & Hybrid 7th- 11th grade students only. Not required for RISING PK/K students unless available in those grades)

  3. Health records ((only from students transferring from public, private, or charter schools)

  4. Attendance records (only from students transferring from public, private, or charter schools)

  5. Any additional educational evaluations (includes any education, speech and language, occupational therapy, audiology, psychology, behavioral evaluations from the past 2 years (if any)

  6. Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s if any- Applies to all students especially PK/K)

  7. Discipline or behavior forms/reports from the past 2 years (if any)

  8. Official Transcript (MS & HS students only)

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Academic Assessment

The Admissions Board will conduct a preliminary review of applicants based on school records and teacher evaluations to determine those who will continue in the process based on seat availability. At this time your family may be contacted to set up an Academic Assessment and/or Shadow Day,” or your family may receive a “Seat Declined” letter stating a seat was not extended. Please note that during the application process, not all students will receive an Academic Assessment and/or Shadow Day. Please note that in the event that your child receives a seat denial letter, specific reasons your child is not being offered a seat are not discussed by the Admissions Board or Director, and seat declines may not be appealed. As previously noted, application fees are non-refundable. 

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Parent Chat 

Students continuing in the Admissions Process will be contacted to attend a "Parent Chat." This evening is a round table chat with other parents and the OCA Admissions Board discussing the core values of the school as well as safety, discipline, and illness policies. This event may be subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions. An invitation to the Parent Chat does not guarantee a seat offering, as seat offerings have not yet been determined at this time. 

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Acceptance/Denial/Wait Pool Letters

The Admissions Board carefully and prayerfully considers all applications (and paperwork therein) submitted to Oak City Academy. The Admissions Process is described as a journey and we thank you for joining us on this journey. Unfortunately, there are a limited numbers of seats available in each grade and program, thus not every applicant will be offered a seat in the desired grade/program. Seat denial and wait pool letters can be sent out at any point in the Admissions Process. Classrooms can become full or have extra space quickly and unexpectedly as students accept and decline seats. Seat acceptance letters are sent out at the conclusion of the Admissions Process.

 

Please keep in mind that, occasionally, a student may only demonstrate readiness for a grade level below what you have applied for OR only demonstrate readiness for the Blended Model (2 Day) Program instead of OCA's Full Time Program. In that instance, the student's parent would be notified by a letter from the Admissions Board of the program and/or grade that your child is being offered. 

 

All grade placements, program placements, and acceptance/denial/wait pool decisions from the Admissions Board are final and may not be appealed, discussed, or detailed.  Thank you for understanding that the Admissions Process is a journey, and the Admissions Board thoughtfully and humbly works through this process. We are grateful for every family who joins us on this journey! 

Oak City Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship, loan programs and other school administered programs.