Enrollment Policy and Admissions Process
All students who wish to attend the School shall be admitted, subject only to the capacity at each grade level. If the number of students who wish to attend exceeds the available capacity in any grade level, admission shall be determined by a random public lottery and a waiting list will be generated. (as stated in our Charter)
If you are interested in enrolling your child at Blue Oak for this school year, please contact the school and ask to speak with our Enrollment Clerk to hear about current openings.
The Blue Oak School is a public Charter School inspired by Waldorf Methods. We offer an alternative educational program. The Admission & Enrollment process is designed to help you understand exactly what we offer at Blue Oak and what we expect of all community members of our school. Whether you are seeking enrollment for our current school year or the next school year, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps:
PART 1 – School Tour (~ 1hr) Part 1 is designed to help you understand if Blue Oak is the right school for your child. You will be taken on a guided tour through the classrooms with our Outreach Coordinator.
PART 2 – Waldorf Program Overview (~1 hr) You will sit down with our school Principal for a brief overview of our Waldorf Program. Our Enrollment Clerk will be available following the overview, to answer your specific enrollment questions.
PART 3 – Parent Orientation (~ 30 min) Part 3 is designed to help you understand if Blue Oak is the right place for your family. We want you to know what it means to be a member of our community. You will meet with our Executive Director and Community Coordinator to learn about what is expected of every Blue Oak parent. If you cannot stay for this additional section on the same day as your School Tour, you may come to the next scheduled Orientation, or ask about scheduling an evening orientation.
PART 4 -State your Interest (1 form) This is the official step to document your interest in having your student admitted. You must complete one “Interest Form” for each student you wish to be admitted. All forms are to be turned in to the front office. PART 4 – Enrollment Packet
Once a student is admitted, you must then complete the Enrollment Packet. You will have 3 business days to accept the position and return your completed packet. If you don’t contact the Enrollment Clerk within that period the opening will be offered to the next student on the waitlist.
Q: Where can I find the forms and schedules for the Admissions and Enrollment?
A: All forms, details and schedules, can be found on our school website or you can stop in and pick up forms at the front office.
Q: What do I need to do to enroll my child in the middle of a school year?
A: Parts 1 thru 4 of the Admissions Process should be completed. If there is an immediate vacancy your child can be enrolled mid-year. If there are no current vacancies, your child will be added to the waitlist based on the date and time your Interest Form is received.
Q: What do I need to do if I am interested in enrolling my child for the next school year?
A: If you are seeking to enroll your student for the following school year (2014-15), you must turn in your Interest Form no later than February 12, 2014, by 4 pm to be included in the lottery. Lottery results for the 2014-15 school year will be communicated by the end of March 2014.
* The Lottery for the 2014-15 School Year will take place on Thursday, February 13th, 2014.
Q: Can I observe the classroom my child will be placed in?
A: Parents of students are encouraged to arrange for a classroom visit for themselves or the student. Please call the school to schedule. If seeking enrollment in Kindergarten, we recommend that you attend a “Morning in the Kindergarten”. Please see the school calendar for schedule and call the school to sign-up.
Q: How does the lottery and waitlist work?
A: If the number of students who wish to attend exceeds the available capacity, a random public lottery will be held and a waiting list will be generated. According to our Charter, the following receive preference for admission:
1. Existing students
2. Siblings of existing students
3.Children of Blue Oak staff
4.Children and grandchildren of Charter Council Board members
5. Students enrolled in McManus Elementary school or reside in its attendance area
6. Students who reside in the Chico Unified School District
Q: How old does my child need to be to be admitted into Kindergarten?
A: For the current 2013-14 school year, California State law requires the student must be 5 years old on or before October 1st 2013 to be admitted into Kindergarten. For the 2014-15 school year the law will require the student to be 5 years old on or before September 1st 2014.
Q: Why am I hearing about my child doing 2 years of Kindergarten?
A: Waldorf pedagogy is developmentally based. It is important that your child is developmentally ready for the curriculum that is presented at each grade level. Also, older students in a class are typically more successful than younger students. We strongly urge parents to allow their child 2 years of Kindergarten whenever possible, and to heed recommendation of our experienced Kindergarten teachers. Depending on where your child’s birthday falls they may be eligible for 1 year of Kindergarten, but their birth date is not the only factor considered. Those Kindergartners that fall into the younger group (birthdays between June 1 – Oct.1) are typically recommended for an additional year of Kindergarten. Each year teachers will make their recommendations to parents at the end of the year. If you have concerns about this you should schedule an appointment to sit down and discuss it with our school Principal.