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Enrollment Policy

Enrollment Procedures

Students residing within the Derry Cooperative School District will be provided admission preference so that student enrollment reflects at least a minimum Derry resident representation of 90% of the total school enrollment. This preference will be afforded according to the following procedures:

If the total number of Derry Resident applications meets the enrollment cap at the conclusion of the Application Window, all Non-Derry Resident applications will be entered into a lottery to determine the order of the wait list.

If the total number of Derry Resident applications is less than the enrollment cap but results in a Derry resident representation of a minimum of 90% of the total student enrollment, the remaining spaces will be filled by Non-Derry Resident applications submitted within the Application Window, order determined by a lottery. If the number of Non-Derry Resident applications is insufficient to reach the enrollment cap, then ongoing enrollment will continue on a first-come first-served basis, in accordance with the 90% rule, for all subsequent applications.

If the number of Derry Resident applications submitted within the Application Window is more than the enrollment cap, a lottery system directed by Next, as stipulated in RSA 194-B:9 I(c)(2), will be employed to determine admission and the wait list.

Derry Resident applications submitted within the Application Window not selected for admission in the lottery will be placed on the top of the wait list according to lottery results.

Non-Derry Resident applications submitted within the Application Window but not selected for admission will be placed on the wait list below Derry Resident applications submitted within the Application Window according to lottery results.

At the conclusion of the Application Window, all applications will be processed on a first-come first-served basis.

If enrollment space is available, submitted applications will be reviewed for enrollment on a first-come first-served basis and in accordance with the 90% rule.

If the enrollment cap has been met, students will be placed on the wait list according to their date of application submission.

As enrollment seats open, they will be offered to the highest priority student on the wait list (if it exists), in accordance with the 90% rule. For example, if the opening of a seat causes the representation of Derry Resident students to fall below 90% of the total student enrollment, the space would be awarded to the highest priority Derry Resident on the wait list. If the representation of Derry Resident students meets or exceeds 90% of the total student enrollment, the space will be awarded to the highest priority applicant on the wait list, regardless of the NH town of residency.

If an enrollment seat becomes available after the conclusion of the enrollment window and before the start of the school year, and there is no wait list or no Derry Residents on the wait list, the seat will be awarded in accordance with the 90% rule. For example, if the opening of the seat causes the Derry Resident representation to drop below 90% of the total student enrollment, the seat will be reserved for the first Derry Resident application received prior to the start of school. Non-Derry Resident applications received during this period will be added to the wait list according to their date of submission. If the seat is not filled prior to the start of the school year, the seat will become immediately available to the highest priority student on the wait list even if this causes the Derry Resident student representation to dip below 90% of the total student enrollment.

Prospective students on the wait list will be contacted by Next prior to the last school day in December of each year to determine if they wish to reapply at the outset of the formal Application Window beginning on the first day of school after January 1st.

If Derry Residents on the wait list wish to re-apply, they will be given first preference for enrollment over all new applications received in the upcoming Application Window.

If Non-Derry Residents on the wait list wish to re-apply, they will be given preference for enrollment over all Non-Derry Resident applications received in the upcoming Application Window.

If students do not wish to re-apply, their application process will end.

 Enrollment Restrictions

Next understands that one of the fundamental aspects of charter school enrollment is the provision of choice that it offers to the community and specifically, to individual students. In addition, Next wishes to honor the idea of absolute transparency. On all occasions and to extend the degree of choice to as many individual students as is possible per the enrollment cap, Next will not provide admission preference to Board member or employee children. Moreover, siblings of students already enrolled will not receive admission preference.

Next places an emphasis on early enrollment to support the mission of the charter. Next sets a total enrollment maximum cap prior to the opening of each successive application window and limits enrollment to students in Grade 9 or Grade 10.# Next defines grade levels by the numbers of years enrolled at a high school rather than by chronological age, credit attainment, or grade level designation. Next will accept applications for enrollment from students who have totaled 1 year or less of high school experience.

Continuing Enrollment

Students who enroll at Next are not subject to a continual application process but instead are automatically enrolled for continuing school years up to graduation.

Enrollment Exceptions

The Board reserves the right to make exceptions to its enrollment policy. Enrollment exceptions can be made in a formal letter of appeal to the Board Chair. All requests for exception should be sent in writing to the Director(s) at 5 Hood Rd., Derry, NH 03038.