Open Application period: September 1 - October 31, 2019
**Applications submitted after October 31st will be placed on the wait list, in order of receipt.
Date of Lottery: Early November (TBD) at 4:00 PM.
OCA’s mission to serve high school students in a safe, small setting who seek the opportunity and challenge of a rigorous curriculum, high academic standards, and outstanding athletics while earning up to two years of college credit while in high school, OCA will admit all children eligible to attend public school in South Carolina, subject to space limitations. The school will recruit, register, and admit students without regard to race, religion, gender, natural origin, disability, or need for special education services.
Applications for the 2019-2020 school year - No additional enrollments.
Lottery Applications for the 2020-2021 school year: September 1 - October 31, 2019.
A lottery will take place early November (TBD) at 4:00 PM. Attendance is not required but the lottery is open to the public.
Student names (including the name of a sibling and other priority categories when appropriate) will be recorded on a card for inclusion in the lottery process.
Cards will be the same size, thickness, color, and material.
Cards will be placed in a lottery box and pulled at random by a designated member of the community.
Each name will be read aloud and recorded in order.
All names exceeding the enrollment capacity will be recorded in order on a waiting list.
Students selected in the lottery will be notified by EMAIL, as provided on their lottery application. Students selected will be given 10 calendar days to complete and return the letter of acceptance and pay the 2020-2021 instructional and laptop insurance fees.
Any student that has not returned the letter will lose their seat and the first student on the waiting list will be offered the open seat.
Once the acceptance letter has been received OCA will send out student enrollment packets.
Per Section 59-40-50(8), OCA will allow for the following exceptions for enrollment; siblings of a student currently enrolled or who graduated within the last six years.
Children of OCA employees.
Children of the OCA Charter Committee will also be a lottery exception provided the total enrollment does not constitute more than twenty (20) percent of the school’s total enrollment.
Due to the collegiate model, grade levels are not important in the overall design of the school as students may begin certain college level classes when they have successfully passed the college entrance requirements, beginning with 10th grade. Therefore, OCA will not designate a particular number of applications per year (9th grade, etc.). The first names drawn for available seats (including the exceptions) will receive placement letters.
Student Enrollment Packet
The Student Enrollment Packet will include a request for:
proof of residency
existing IEPs or 504 plans
a home language survey and any other required information.
Failure to complete and return the Student Packet may result in loss of the enrollment seat, which would then be offered to the next student on the waiting list. All reasonable attempts will be made to assist the family in completion of the required materials and documentation, and all efforts will be officially documented before the seat is offered to the next student on the list.
OCA’s returning students will not need to re-apply or be subject to the public lottery, but each year will be required to notify the school of their intent. If the intent to return is received after the specified date, continued placement cannot be guaranteed.
Appeal to Lottery
There is no appeal process when an applicant is denied admission because of lottery results. Acceptance to the school may not be deferred to another school year.
In the event that OCA denies admission for a reason other than the outcome of the lottery process, the student may appeal the denial to the sponsor’s board. The appeal must be in writing and state the grounds on which the appeal is based. The decision made by the sponsor will be binding on the student and the charter school per Section 59-40-50.
Dual Enrollment Program
Enrollment at the higher education institution for the dual enrollment program will be subject to its admission criteria. (See Commission on Higher Education Policy, II. Student Eligibility at http://www.che.sc.gov/AcademicAffairs/DualEnrollment.pdf). If a student does not qualify for dual enrollment, the student will continue in 11th or 12th grade college preparatory courses until enrollment eligibility is established.
Non Discrimination Policy
OCA’s admission policy is to admit all children eligible to attend public school in the State of South Carolina, subject to number of applications, capacity of the program, space or building limitations. OCA recruits, registers, and admits students without regard to ability, race, creed, religion, ancestry, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, gender, income level, need for special education services, or proficiency in the English language.