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Larkin Middle School for the Health Sciences Admission and Enrollment Policy

Effective February 5, 2018

Diversity and Non-Discrimination

Larkin Middle School for the Health Sciences (Larkin Middle School) is committed to enrolling
a diverse student population and shall abide by the provisions of the Florida Educational Equity
Act and applicable Federal and Florida Statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race,
color, nationality and ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender, including,
but not limited to, Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Title VI of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990. During the application process, BNS may request demographic
information from Applicants, but responses to these inquiries must be voluntary. Copies of
applications and registration forms will be made available in English and Spanish. Interpretation
of the applications and registration forms into other native languages will be provided upon
request.

Re-Enrollment for Current Students and Capacity Notice

Each school year, the total capacity and total enrollment of the school will be posted on its
website. The capacity will be based on the Charter Contract for the school. Seats will be made
available based on this Policy and Florida law.

The parents and guardians of students enrolled at the school for the previous school year will be
asked to submit a Re-Enrollment Application indicating intent to re-enroll for the upcoming
school year. The deadline for Re-Enrollment Applications will be established by the Larkin
Middle School Board, and this Re-Enrollment Deadline will be posted on the school's website.
Students whose Re-Enrollment Applications have been submitted by the Re-Enrollment
Deadline will be automatically re-enrolled so long as they have maintained eligibility
requirements. Students whose Re-Enrollment Applications are not submitted by the Re-
Enrollment Deadline may lose their seat for the upcoming school year.

New Applicants and Controlled Open Enrollment for Out-of- County Applicants

Students who are new to the school must submit an Enrollment Application. Enrollment
Applications will be available on the school's website and at the school (or school office, when
established). Enrollment Applications must be fully completed and submitted to the school
during an Enrollment Period to be considered. Student applications must be submitted through
the Larkin Middle School Student Registration System on the school's website.
Students from outside Miami-Dade County are permitted to apply to the school so long as they
are not subject to a current out-of- school expulsion or suspension. However, such Out-of-
County Applicants will only be provided a seat after placement of all Miami-Dade County
Applicants. Once admitted to the school, Out-of- County Students will be permitted to
matriculate up to the highest grade offered by the school so long as they maintain eligibility
requirements.

Beginning and end dates for the Initial Enrollment Period will be established by the Larkin
Middle School Board and posted on the school's website. At the end of the Initial Enrollment
Period, parents and guardians will be notified of acceptance. In the event the number of
Enrollment Applications for eligible students exceeds the capacity for a given grade level, class
or building, the Lottery Process will be followed, as described below. If capacity is not reached
for a grade level, class or building after the Initial Enrollment Period, the Larkin Middle School
Board will establish subsequent Enrollment Periods and post the dates on the school's website,
during which time Larkin Middle School will accept additional Enrollment Applications and
hold a lottery, if needed.

Lottery Process

Larkin Middle School shall enroll an eligible student who submits an Enrollment Application
during any enrollment period, unless the number of applications received during the applicable
enrollment period exceeds the capacity of a class or grade level. In such cases, this Lottery
Process will be followed.

First, Applicants with the following Enrollment Preferences will be selected, as permitted
pursuant to Florida law:

  • students who are siblings of a student enrolled in the charter school;
  • students who are a member of the governing board of the charter school;
  • students who are the children of an employee of the charter school; and
  • students who are the children of an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

If the number of Enrollment Applicants with Enrollment Preferences exceeds the capacity of a
grade level, class or building, a lottery will be held among Enrollment Applicants with
preferences.

Second, a lottery will be held among the Miami-Dade County Applicants for each grade level,
class or building that exceeds capacity. If there are seats remaining, and the number of Out-of-
County Applicants exceeds the capacity for a grade level, class or building, a separate lottery
will be held for Out-of- County Applicants. Those Miami-Dade County and Out-of- County
Applicants not selected in a lottery will be included in subsequent lotteries, if seats become
available. Such subsequent lotteries will be set at dates established by the Larkin Middle School
Board and posted on the school's website. If there are any remaining applicants that are not
selected in the lottery(ies), such applicants will be placed on the Miami-Dade County Wait List
(or Out-of- County Wait List, as applicable) in the order such Enrollment Applications were
selected in the last lottery held. Students applying after the lottery will be placed on the Miami-
Dade County Wait List (or Out-of- County Wait List, as applicable) after students who were
placed on the Wait List through the lottery. New Wait Lists will be created each year and
Applicants on the Wait Lists will not be carried over from year-to- year.

Registration

Upon selection, the parent/guardian will receive registration instructions that include a detailed
list of the documentation required by Miami-Dade County Public Schools and timelines that
must be followed. This notification will be provided electronically to the parent/guardian email included in the Enrollment Application. If documentation is not provided within the required timelines, the applicant's seat will be forfeited and offered to another applicant.

Records

Copies of all Enrollment Applications and Wait Lists will be maintained by the school for the
time periods required by law.

Capacity Statement

The capacity of Larkin Middle School for the 2018-19 school year is 330 students.