The enrollment policy for LIFE Academy includes an open enrollment period of 3 months with a lottery in the event of more applications than available seats. LIFE Academy will hold a transparent, public lottery to fill any vacancies and to create a waitlist at LIFE Academy. It is an open forum for parents and students. In January, a marketing plan will be started to communicate to the public that LIFE Academy is accepting student applications for the following year. The deadline for all student applications to be considered for the lottery will be in the middle of May. A lottery will be scheduled for May.
On the day of the lottery, names are pulled and those students selected will be notified to enroll at that time. Following the lottery, letters will be mailed to all the families in the lottery confirming that space is available and to enroll or to notify them of their waitlist status. Students are contacted as a seat in their grade becomes available. There are no special clauses in the enrollment policy. It is a blind lottery with no pre-screening and no post-lottery interviews.
All students are welcome to apply to the school. We also maintain a sibling policy for siblings of currently enrolled students. Siblings are eligible for preferential status, which permits the student to pre-empt other students from the general lottery based on available seats. All new students will be invited to a virtual informational session. During the session, families will meet with school representatives to go over school structures, plans, and expectations. In addition, all families will attend a school orientation prior to the beginning of the school year.
Because we have a non-exclusive, open enrollment lottery, and blind admissions policy, with no pre-screening interview process, the majority of our students will be a direct reflection of the socio and economic demographics of Montgomery county. LIFE Academy shall admit students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin and every student shall enjoy all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and all other school-administered programs.
Community outreach is an important element of our marketing and mission. We will distribute informational materials to the Head Start locations and daycares throughout Montgomery, local businesses including libraries, community centers, and faith-based organizations. Once a student has been accepted to the school, a registration packet is given to the parents for completion. The packet consists of a student directory form (which collects emergency contact information in addition to demographic information), health assessment form, the release of records from the previous school, transportation request/information, media release, birth certificate, social security card, immunization records, parent/guardian identification, Free and Reduced lunch application, and any other required documentation by the State of Alabama. Families have 7 business days to accept their admission to the school and fully complete the registration process. Any unfilled spots will be given to students on the waitlist.