GENERAL INFORMATION

SECTION 59-40-50

In accordance with Section 59-40-50 of the South Carolina Charter Schools Act, LLCS’s admission policy will be to admit all children eligible to attend public school in South Carolina, subject to space limitations. LLCS will recruit, register and admit students without regard to race, religion, gender, natural origin, disability, or need for special education services.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

All Students residing in the state of SC may apply to attend.   Students must be - by Sept. 1 - age 5 to enter K5 and age 6 to enter 1st grade.  Grades offered for the 14-15 school year are K5 - 10, for the 15-16 school year are K5 - 11, and for all subsequent years K5 - 12.  All new students must apply to attend.

SCHEDULE A WALKING TOUR

Tours are offered every other Wednesday morning at LLCS.  Advanced scheduling is required and space is limited to 5 families per tour.    Tours last thirty minutes, beginning promptly at 8:30am, and dismissing at 9:00am.   Call the front office to check for space availability and to schedule your tour.

WAITING LISTS

Waiting lists are only valid for one school year at at time and do not roll over from year to year. Applicants for whom no space is available must reapply each year.  Currently enrolled students do not need to re-apply each year.  It is common for applicants to appear on more than one waiting list at a time. Enrollment is not guaranteed due to space limitations.  To view the 2016-2017 AND 2017-2018 waiting lists, please click the button BELOW.
Waiting Lists 2015-2016

APPLY TO ATTEND

To apply to attend, please click the button BELOW.  It is highly recommended for all applicants to read the Application and Enrollment Procedures.
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APPLICATION & ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES

APPLYING ON-TIME

To apply during the Open Application Period (on time):

  1. Fill out and submit an application for enrollment consideration during the 45 day Open Application Period.
  2. A public Lottery will determine the order of a waiting list - the order in which applicants will receive enrollment packages when/if space becomes available.
  3. When/If space becomes available a Student Enrollment Package is reserved for the student  for 2 business days (excluding weekends, holidays, and school closures).  LLCS commits to sending one email and making one phone call using the primary phone and email address provided on the application to notify parents/guardians of this opportunity.  The parent/guardian must respond with the 2 business days, aka deadline, to accept the offer or decline.  No response is an automatic declination resulting is space forfeiture.
  4. Upon acceptance of the space, the parent/guardian will complete the enrollment package on site at a specified time on a specified date as arranged by the front office staff.  To begin the enrollment process, proof of promotion or grade placement and the most current grade report (including transcript for middle and high school students) are required as well as  a Birth Certificate – Long Form, SC Immunization Record, Proofs of Residency in the state of SC (residential proof and a utility bill are acceptable).  Completing the enrollment package takes approximately 15-20 minutes and officially enrolls the student. 
  5. If you miss the deadline and no attempt is made to contact the LLCS office, the reserved space is forfeited and goes to the next student on the waiting list.

APPLYING LATE 

To apply after the Open Application Period has ended (late):

  1. Fill out and submit an application for enrollment consideration.
  2. Receive placement on a waiting list (or receive an enrollment package if space is immediately available). 
  3. When/If space becomes availableStudent Enrollment Package is reserved for the student  for 2 business days (excluding weekends, holidays, and school closures).  LLCS commits to sending one email and making one phone call using the primary phone and email address provided on the application to notify parents/guardians of this opportunity.  The parent/guardian must respond with the 2 business days, aka deadline, to accept the offer or decline.  No response is an automatic declination resulting is space forfeiture.
  4. Upon acceptance of the space, the parent/guardian will complete the enrollment package on site at a specified time on a specified date as arranged by the front office staff.  To begin the enrollment process, proof of promotion or grade placement and the most current grade report (including transcript for middle and high school students) are required as well as  a Birth Certificate – Long Form, SC Immunization Record, Proofs of Residency in the state of SC (residential proof and a utility bill are acceptable).  Completing the enrollment package takes approximately 15-20 minutes and officially enrolls the student. 
  5. If you miss the deadline and no attempt is made to contact the LLCS office, the reserved space is forfeited and goes to the next student on the waiting list.



APPLY TO ATTEND   

  • Limited space is available in some grades. 
  • All those interested in attending should complete an application for enrollment consideration
  • This is a TWO page form.  Page 2 is the Instructions Page.
  • Be sure to read all of the information on the instructions page Page 1 is the Application for Enrollment Consideration.
  • Complete all fields.
  • Write N/A if not applicable.
  • Be sure to sign the bottom of page one and back of page 2.  

APPLICATION PERIOD

  • 2017-2018 School Year - Open Application Period ended on December 15, 2016, however applications are still accepted and are considered late.  Some spaces available..
  • 2018-2019 School Year - The Open Application period begins on November 1, 2017 and ends on December 15, 2017.  Applications will be available then.

LOTTERY 

All applicants who submit applications during the Open Application Period are included in the lottery.

  • 5 year old kindergarten: A lottery is used to determine who is offered space at LLCS for the next school year. The lottery will also establish the waiting list for the next school year.  
  • Grades 1 though 12: A lottery is used to establish the waiting lists for the next school year.

Most Recently Conducted Lottery:  17-18 School Year,   Jan. 9, 2017 

Next Lottery:  18-19 School Year, Jan. 8, 2018

ENROLLMENT

At LLCS, enrollment is the process of attending an enrollment meeting, completing all forms in the enrollment package, and providing all required documents.  For middle and high school students, enrollment may be conditional upon review of all documents by the LLCS Leadership Team.

WAIT LISTS 

Space is the only barrier to entry at LLCS, therefore, students for whom no space is available are placed accordingly on wait lists.  To view wait lists, click here.  Students can move up and down wait lists.  Per Charter School Law, wait lists do not roll over from year to year.  Students who remain on wait lists and are not offered space must re-apply the following year.  

APPEALS PROCESS 

*There is no appeal process when an applicant is denied admission because of lottery results and acceptance to the school, through standard enrollment or lottery, may not be deferred to another school year. In the event that LLCS denies admission for a reason other than the outcome of the lottery process, the student may appeal the denial to the South Carolina Public Charter School District Board of Directors. The appeal must be in writing and state the grounds on which the appeal is based. The decision made by that Board will be binding on the student and the charter school per Section 59-40-50 of the SCCSA (1996). 

EXCEPTIONS 

*Per Section 59-40-50(8) of the SCCSA (1996), the following exceptions for enrollment are allowed as permitted by law:
  • siblings of a student already enrolled;
  • children of a LLCS employee;
  • children of the Charter Planning Committee provided their total enrollment does not constitute more than twenty (20) percent of the enrollment of the charter school.

STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT 

*In accordance with Section 59-40-50 of the South Carolina Charter Schools Act, Lowcountry Leadership Charter School’s admission policy will be to admit all children eligible to attend public school in the state of South Carolina, subject to space limitations. Therefore, LLCS will not be serving out of district students. State residency will be confirmed upon enrollment.

*  The following are excerpts from the LLCS Charter.   For additional details, please refer directly to the Charter.