The Application Process
Admission and enrollment of students is open to students who reside within the greater Austin geographic area as stated in the Chaparral Star Academy charter and who are a minimum of age 5 for kindergarten and age 6 for first grade as of September 1st of the school year in which they plan to attend. The total number of students enrolled in Chaparral Star Academy shall not exceed the number of students approved in the charter or amendments. It is the policy of Chaparral Star Academy School to comply with all state and federal regulations regarding admissions and not to discriminate during the application or enrollment process.
Admission to Chaparral Star Academy and all programs, including Special Education, will not be based on gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, and disability, academic or athletic ability. Chaparral Star Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Chaparral Star Academy reserves the right to cancel individual courses or grades or to combine grade levels with insufficient enrollment.
Admission to Chaparral Star Academy begins with the receipt of the Chaparral Star Academy online Admissions Application. Siblings of current students and children of faculty members will use this same form.
If you are applying for the current school year (e.g. a transfer student) applications are processed with 3-5 business days of submission. If a spot is available, you will receive a phone call to offer you the spot and begin the rest of the process. If there is not a spot available, you will receive a courtesy email informing you of your spot on the waiting list
If you are applying for the subsequent school year (e.g. “next year”), please realize that these applications typically become available in January – during the Open Enrollment period and can be accepted any time thereafter. The official start of the Open Enrollment Period will be posted in the local newspaper and on the school’s website.
LOTTERY & NEXT YEAR APPLICATIONS
As a public charter school, Chaparral Star Academy is subject to enrollment laws. Typically, we receive more applications for enrollment than there are seats available. If this is the case for any grade level, a lottery will be held to determine the order of the offers to be made.
Students who do not receive offers from the lottery will be placed on a waitlist in the order in which they are drawn and will be offered positions as seats become available. The waitlist resets each academic year and current waitlist positions are not retained from year to year. All waitlist applicants will need to re-apply for the next academic year if they continue to be interested in enrollment. Students who are enrolled will have the opportunity to re-enroll and will not have to submit a new application each academic year as long as they provide timely written notice of intent to remain at Chaparral Star Academy.
Exceptions to Admission as authorized by our charter and the Texas Education Code 12.111(a)(5)(A), Chaparral Star Academy reserves the right to deny admission to students with a documented history of a criminal offense, a juvenile court adjudication, or other discipline problems listed under Texas Education Code Chapter 37, Subchapter A.
Once you have been awarded a spot, you will receive an e-mail from administration with further information about registration. The e-mail will contain further instructions on how to complete the registration process for your child. If the requested paperwork is not submitted within 5-days of the spot being awarded, the spot will be granted to the next applicant on the waiting list. The original applicant will be dropped without contact from the front office.
A list of state-mandated minimum requirements for immunizations is available here: Immunization Requirements for Admission to Public School. For more information (including information concerning exemption from immunization requirements), follow the link to the Texas Department of State Health Services website. For more information about Flu vaccinations, please visit the TexasFlu website. If an affidavit will be used, CSA understands the request for paperwork may take longer than the 5-day requirement. Immunizations and/or the affidavit is due to the front office by the last Wednesday of September. Failure to submit could result in non-compliance and the student not being allowed to attend school until the paperwork has been received.