Per the amended Charter School Statute, M.G.L. c. 71, § 89, and the Charter School Regulations, 603 CMR 1.00, all applicants must be residents of Massachusetts at the time of lottery and in order to apply for admission to and to attend a charter school.
The grade immediately following their current grade
Candidates for admission are required to apply for the grade immediately following their current grade and to successfully complete that grade to be admitted. If you are offered enrollment at PVPA but have not been promoted to the next grade, the offer of enrollment will be rescinded. Students in this situation would have to wait and apply at the next scheduled lottery.
If plans for a student to relocate to our priority area are canceled, a prior offer of enrollment will be withdrawn, and the student will be placed behind other students who reside in our priority area.
All new applicants must file an application by the deadline. Students who are not selected by the lottery are placed on a waiting list in the order in which they were drawn and are contacted if space becomes available. All applicants are given equal consideration within the following state-mandated guidelines: siblings of currently enrolled students are given first consideration; students who are reapplying from the previous year's waiting list are given second consideration; new applicants who live in PVPA's priority area (see below) are given third consideration; and all other Massachusetts residents are given fourth consideration. (Note that only biological and legal siblings are eligible for sibling status.)
Applications for the 2017-18 school year will be available beginning on December 1st , 2016. The application is available in both Spanish and English, and can be filled out online or hard-copy. If you do decide to mail in a paper application, we strongly suggest you send it certified, and/or call before the deadline to be sure it has arrived.
The deadline for the 2017-18 school year will be January 27, 2017. That is the date that applications must either be postmarked by, delivered to the school, or submitted online. Applications that are submitted after the deadline will not be included in the lottery, nor added to a waiting list after the lottery. Sibling applications will be accepted up until, but not after, the date the lottery takes place. For more information about sibling applications, see "sibling status".
Regarding paper applications, we always note the postmarked date on applications. We recommend parents either drop off applications at the PVPA office or send them by certified mail. If sent by regular mail, please call before the deadline to be sure we received it. PVPA is not responsible for applications lost in the mail, and no exceptions are made for such situations.
We have so many requests to visit the school that it would be disruptive to have ongoing visitors in classrooms. In the fall there is an evening Open Information Meeting held at the school. After a student has gone through the application process and the lottery, the parent may contact the Admissions Coordinator to schedule a shadow day for the spring semester.
Admissions priority is given to Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Counties, as well as the towns of Petersham, Brookfield and Sturbridge. However, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education limits the number of students who may attend charter schools from individual districts. Although this has not happened in the past, it is possible that a student who has been accepted as the result of the lottery is not allowed to enroll in PVPA because the sending school district has reached its limit.
Each year there have been more applicants than openings. When the lottery takes place, applications are drawn to fill openings in Grade 7. There are 68 openings in the seventh grade because we accept an entire new class of seventh graders. For grades 8, 9, 10, and 11, applications are drawn and assigned waiting list numbers as there are not openings in these grades at the time of the lottery.
Openings occur when a current student withdraws from PVPA. Once the spot is available, applicants on the waiting list are contacted. There is no way to predict exactly when an opening will occur, or how many will become available.
Siblings of currently enrolled students who apply by the "sibling deadline" (February 17th, 2017 for the 2017-18 school year) are entered into the lottery. If they are not accepted in the lottery, they are given preference by being placed at the top of the waiting list. If there are more sibling applicants than openings, the original lottery numbers are used to prioritize students. Per Massachusetts General Laws, a sibling must share a common parent, either biologically or legally through adoption. Whether the children reside in the same household has no bearing on determining if the children are siblings for purposes of sibling preference.
Not necessarily. Sibling status only applies to siblings of currently enrolled students. Only after one student is actually in attendance at PVPA does the sibling of that student receive sibling consideration. Only biological and legal siblings are eligible for sibling status. Per Massachusetts General Laws, a sibling must share a common parent, either biologically or legally through adoption. Whether the children reside in the same household has no bearing on determining if the children are siblings for purposes of sibling preference.
Academic requirements, yes. (click question for details)
All PVPA students must meet all academic requirements in order to graduate. Students are only required to meet performing arts, physical education and internship requirements for the years in attendance at PVPA. Credit earned at a prior school will count toward the PVPA graduation requirements.