Enrollment Policy

K-8 Open Enrollment Process (does not apply to current WCA K-8 students)

For the 2019-20 school year, the World Compass Academy enrollment process has changed. WCA will use Douglas County School District's (DCSD) Open Enrollment process to conduct the lottery. The first round of Open Enrollment begins Thursday, November 1. Please visit DCSD's Open Enrollment Page for instructions, important dates and deadlines.

Current K-8 Students

Currently enrolled WCA K-8 students are not required to participate in the Open Enrollment Process. Current K-8 families will be required to submit an Intent to Return form each Spring to secure a place at World Compass Academy the following academic year. Intent to Return forms are due by April 15th each year for Kindergarten through Grade 8.

Current Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten Students

Currently enrolled WCA Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students do not go through Open Enrollment. Current Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten families will be required to submit an Intent to Return form each Fall to secure a place at World Compass Academy the following academic year. Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Intent to Return forms are due October 26, 2018.

Priority Enrollment (does not include currently enrolled WCA Students)

1) Children in the household of or under the legal guardianship of Founding Families
2) Children of Administrators, Teachers, and Staff employed a minimum of 20 hours a week at WCA
3) Siblings of Currently Enrolled Students in K-8
4) All other students

(The sum of #2 and #3 will comprise no more than 20% of total student enrollment with children of Founding Families having priority over children of Administrators, Teachers, and Staff)

Founding Family

A Founding Family includes children in the household of any member of the World Compass Academy Board and children in the household of any family or person that provided at least 60 hours of approved volunteer service toward the establishment of World Compass Academy by November 30, 2014. Up to 15% of projected enrollment is guaranteed to Founding Families. Founding Family priority is based on the completion date of the 60 approved volunteer hours.

Administrator, Teacher, and Staff Children Enrollment

All administrators, teachers, and staff employed a minimum of 20 hours per week will have priority enrollment for children of which they have legal guardianship. The combined enrollment of children of Founding Families and Administrators, Teachers, and Staff shall not exceed 20% of the total school population.

Administrator, Teacher, and Staff Children enrollment will be prioritized based on:

1) Hire Date
2) Number of Paid Hours Weekly (with full time employees receiving highest priority and 20 hour per week employees receiving lowest priority)

Sibling Enrollment (K-8)

During the first round of DCSD Open Enrollment (November 1 – December 3), prospective students who have siblings already enrolled at WCA (K-8) will be given enrollment priority. Priority is not given during the second round. If you miss the first round deadline, you will be placed after the first round waitlist in order of when you submit information during second round.

During the process, make sure to use your current Parent Portal log-in to ensure your child receives sibling priority. When you login to EngagED Parent Portal, you will see your WCA students. If the child you wish to enroll is not on your portal account, please select the “+” button to add this student to the account. This ensures the process is done correctly and sibling priority will be granted through the open enrollment tool.

* Multiple birth children will be enrolled together regardless of class size.

Preschool & PreK Enrollment

New families wishing to enroll their child(ren) in the WCA Preschool Program do not go through open enrollment. Preschool enrollment for the 2019-20 school year will open January 9, 2019. Parents will be required to complete a 2019-20 Preschool Application (available on the school website beginning January 9, 2019.) Enrollment in our preschool program is first come, first served. Priority enrollment will apply.

Registration

Registration forms will be sent by the school via email to the parent(s) or legal guardian(s). All completed forms, required proof documentation, and the $200 annual student fee are due upon registration.

Families who are unable to meet these deadlines, or who are experiencing financial hardship, should contact the school office prior to the deadline to discuss available options.

Community Notice

World Compass Academy has and will continue to use the following mechanisms to notify the community about World Compass Academy and attract a diverse student body:

- WCA’S Website: www.worldcompassacademy.com
- Articles printed in local news outlets
- Community Information Tables
- Community Information Meetings
- Flyers
- WCA’s official Facebook page and paid advertising

Non-Discrimination Policy


World Compass Academy does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, ancestry, academic ability, or need for special education services. Diagnostic and placement tests will be administered after a student is officially enrolled, but they have no bearing on the WCA lottery nor the extension of enrollment invitations.