Applying at Our Schools

 

Applications are continuously accepted by our school through our online enrollment system. Apply online for the 2022-23 school year today with your computer, smartphone or tablet! If you do not have access to the internet or you need assistance, please contact the school. For additional information on applying for the upcoming school year, please see our Enrollment Q & A below.

Open Enrollment and Lottery

  • Open Enrollment, or applications for the lottery are available online from October 4th to January 31st each year. Paper applications are available at the front office (a school-site team member would use a paper application to help set up a SchoolMint account).
  • The lottery will be held at 2:00 PM on February 18, 2022. All applicants will receive notification by February 25, 2022 by email of acceptance or waiting list number.

All applications submitted within the Open Enrollment period will have an equal opportunity for admission, regardless of whether they are submitted on the first day or the last day of Open Enrollment. The following admission and application guidelines are followed:

  • In order to be eligible for admission, students or their guardian are required to reside in the State of Florida at the time of the application.
  • Under Florida General Statute (GS115C-391), PM Wells Charter Academy may refuse admission to any student who has been expelled or suspended from a public school, until the period of suspension or expulsion has expired.
  • PM Wells Charter Academy does not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, or ancestry.​​​​If the number of applications submitted within the Open Enrollment period exceeds the number of seats available for any grade level, a system generated, and random lottery will be processed to determine who is offered a seat at the school. Lottery results will be emailed to the address entered within the application as well as posted on your SchoolMint Dashboard. For more information regarding lottery preferences, enrollment, and registration, please read our Lottery Rules and Procedures.

Enrollment Priority

Priority in enrollment is not a guarantee of a seat, there must be available space in grade or program. Once a student uses any enrollment priority to enroll, he or she may not use any priority again. Enrolled students who subsequently withdraw must use the lottery process without priority to re-enroll. The only exception is for the Opportunity priority.

Enrollment priority may be awarded to the following, with priority given in this order:

  1. Children of the school’s full-time employees and Board of Directors. This number cannot exceed 15% of the school’s total enrollment unless granted a waiver by the State Board of Education.
  2. Siblings of currently enrolled students. Applicants must share a residence and a legal guardian with a currently enrolled PM Wells Charter Academy student to be considered an eligible sibling.
  3. Siblings of PM Wells Charter.
  4. Academy graduates.
    Current Charter school students. A student enrolled in another FL Charter school in the previous school year.

School Registration Process

Once an applicant has been offered a seat at our school, the family will be contacted inviting them to a registration appointment at the school. Please note that if a family does not register their child within seven (7) business days of receiving their enrollment invite, that child’s spot may be lost and assigned to another student. We kindly ask that all new families enroll as quickly as possibly to guarantee their child a spot.

Required documents to finalize enrollment:

  • Birth certificate
  • Parent/Guardian driver’s license
  • Proof of Residence
  • Immunization
  • Physical (list form and specifics)
  • Special Education documents (EP, IEP, 504, ESOL), if applicable
  • Custody court documents, if applicable
  • Etc…

Please make sure to bring the documents listed above to your registration appointment. If an applicant cannot upload the required documents, please contact the enrollment department to set up an appointment time to submit forms.

Controlled Border Enrollment

Florida has an open borders policy. Controlled Open Enrollment allows a parent from any school district in the state to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to any public school, including charter schools, that has not reached capacity. For more information, please read our Lottery Rules and Procedures and FL DOE’s website.

School Capacity: 857

Enrollment Q & A

How can I find out information about your school?
We encourage our interested families to attend an enrollment information session to find out more about our school’s programs and offerings as this is the perfect platform to ask your questions to faculty and staff. We also offer tours on an ongoing basis. Visit our events page to see a list of information sessions or call the school at (321) 697-1020 to schedule a tour.
Are there age restrictions for school grade levels?
Florida law (Section 1003.21(1)(a)2, Florida Statutes) specifies that children who have attained the age of five years on or before September 1 of the school year are eligible for admission to public kindergarten during that school year.
How can I apply if I do not have a computer or internet access?
Contact our school for assistance.
Can I list all my children on one application?
Each child’s application becomes part of their registration in our student information system where grades, schedules, and attendance is stored. Please complete a separate application for each one of your children and list the siblings within each application to receive sibling preference.
If my child is a current student, do I need to apply again?
No, your child automatically has a space in the appropriate grade if the Intent to Return for the next school year is completed by the deadline.
If I have one child who currently attends your school and I would like my other child to attend, what should I do?
You need to fill out an application during open enrollment for the other child. Please remember to list the currently enrolled student under the “sibling attending” section of the application to receive sibling preference in the lottery.
Open Enrollment has ended, am I still able to apply?
We continuously accept applications through the last day of the school year that you are applying for. If there is a seat available in the grade level that you are applying for, an offer will be made through email. If there are no openings in the grade level you are applying for, your child’s application will be placed on the waitlist in the date order the application was received.
I am currently on the waitlist. Does the waitlist expire once the new lottery is run or does it carry over?
Applications are school year specific. Applications submitted for the current school year will not be valid, roll over, or be processed in the next school year. If your child is currently on the waitlist, please submit a new application during the next school year’s Open Enrollment period.
If my child is on the waitlist, do I need to contact you to find out where he/she stands on the list?
Parents can call the school at any time to determine their place on the waitlist.
My child is on the waitlist but has moved down a spot. How is this possible?
We follow the preferences permitted by the state (sibling, military, employee, etc.). For example, when one sibling is accepted and has another sibling waitlisted in another grade, that waitlisted sibling gets an enrollment preference, meaning they move to the top of the waitlist. This means that occasionally parents will see their children move down the list instead of up.
What happens if my child’s name is chosen during the lottery?
You will be contacted by email if your child is offered a seat or placed on the waitlist. Once your student receives an offer, you will need to accept the offer and schedule a registration session with the school within 7 business days or the offer will be automatically declined. Please see the Registration section above for the specific documents required to ensure you can complete the registration process in a timely manner.
Is there a tuition fee to attend?
No, we are a public school and there is no cost to attend.
Does my child need to wear a uniform?
We have a dress code at school. Students must follow the dress code every day. More information regarding our dress code can be found on our website under the Parents tab.
Does your school provide transportation?
Yes, we offer transportation to limited areas as seats on school buses are limited. Parents can also provide transportation to and from school for their child(ren). However, there are many buses and vans that pick up and drop off students. Please contact us for a list of those resources.