Thank you for your interest in the Academies of Math and Science (AMS). AMS schools are open-enrollment, tuition-free public charter schools that operate based on a contract with their authorizer. This policy outlines AMS’ enrollment and admission practices. If you have any questions related to the information outlined herein, please contact the school’s Registrar or Principal at the campus you are interested in. AMS is happy to answer any questions you may have. AMS also encourages potential students or families to attend interviews, informational meetings, or tours at any campus of interest to learn more about us. Please note that attending interviews, meetings, or tours is not a requirement or a condition of admission or enrollment. AMS widely informs the community about the opportunity to enroll at AMS.
AMS enrolls all eligible students who submit a timely application provided the school has capacity. If the school receives more applications than the number of available seats, AMS offers enrollment based upon an equitable selection process which includes a lottery followed by a first-come, first-serve method.
Current AMS students returning to the same campus for the following school year will not enroll during the open enrollment period. Re-enrollment of returning students occurs annually after the lottery is completed. Returning students will receive priority and are guaranteed a seat in the next grade level so long as enrollment is completed in a timely manner.
Returning students must submit their updated re-enrollment applications generally by the end of January after AMS announces the results of the new applicant lottery, which occurs at the end of the open enrollment period. Any returning students that do not complete their re-enrollment application prior to the end of designated period will be subject to first-come, first-serve enrollment and may lose their spot at AMS.
For a list of dates and enrollment timelines, please visit the school’s website.
Desert Sky: https://www.amsschools.org/apps/pages/desertsky
Peoria Advanced: https://www.amsschools.org/apps/pages/peoriaadvanced
Per Arizona law, parents must update and/or verify all information with a newly-completed registration packet annually. This includes the verification and/or update of residency information.
Siblings of returning students are granted priority enrollment status but must follow the new student admission application process. It is recommended that siblings of existing AMS students apply during the Open Enrollment period.
All eligible applications submitted during the open enrollment period will be assigned a random lottery number which will determine their placement on a waitlist for open seats. If the number of students that apply exceeds the capacity for each program, class, grade level, or building occupancy specifications prior to the end of the open enrollment period, students will be admitted through a randomized lottery conducted by the district. Arizona and federal law allow AMS to prioritize the enrollment of certain students as indicated within this policy. If the number of applications received is fewer than the number of available seats, every student who seeks admission will be admitted.
Admission applications received after the open enrollment period will not be eligible for the open enrollment lottery. Instead, these applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis behind applications received during the open enrollment period and behind students with priority enrollment, such as returning students.
First come, first serve is defined as a process whereby admission applications are processed in order by the date and time they are received in addition to priority enrollment preference. After the open enrollment period for each school year, each completed application is processed in the order the admission was received. Parents whose students are admitted during this process, including those on waiting lists, will receive a notice of an offer of admission. Offers of admission must be accepted within the timeline specified in the offer. For the 2020-21 School Year, AMS is currently in the first-come, first-serve enrollment period. This status will continue until the end of the 2020-2021 School Year.
The application for admission must contain each applicant’s full name (first, middle, last, suffix); date of birth; home address(es) including city/town of residence; grade level for which they are seeking admission; contact information; sibling status; and transfer status.
Parents that are offered a seat for their child at an AMS school must accept the seat within the timeframe supplied within the offer letter to maintain admittance. As students can only physically attend one campus, acceptance of an offered seat will result in the automatic withdrawal of all other active applications.
After the parent completes the registration packet, they are offered enrollment in the grade level they are enrolling in or in the grade level the student places into following the completion of the placement test, depending on the availability of seats as well as the decision of the Principal of the school, which shall be final.
A registration packet is complete when parent turns in registration packet filled out to the best of their abilities.
A student may be withdrawn by the school if the parent does not turn in residency requirements within 10 days following the enrollment, immunization records or exemption within 10 days of attendance of school, and proof of age/ID within 30 days of enrollment.
AMS will collect the following documents after the parent/guardian has accepted an admission offer (unless the items below were previously turned in with their admission application):
All Arizona schools must obtain age and identity documentation for students from their parent(s)/guardian(s) within 30 days of enrollment. Failure to provide this information shall obligate the school to contact authorities.
AMS is required to obtain and maintain verifiable documentation of a student’s Arizona state residency within 10 days following enrollment. The Arizona Department of Education has prepared the following Residency Guidelines available for review.
AMS will accept one of the following documents as proof of residency:
Immunization records are required unless the parent or guardian provides a signed immunization waiver form. Either are required to be received within prior to the student’s attendance.
Any student enrolling in Kindergarten must be five (5) years old before September 1 for the school year they wish to start kindergarten.
Students that turn five years old (5) on or after September 1 but before January 1 will be considered “Early Kindergarten” applicants.
Early kindergarten applications will be considered for enrollment on a case-by-case basis. Early kindergarten applicants must satisfy readiness requirements identified through an emotional and academic and/or readiness assessment before being accepted to a school. This process ensures that early admission is in
the best interest of the child. The Superintendent shall have sole discretion in determining whether to offer admission to an early kindergarten applicant.
Any student enrolling in first grade must be six (6) years old before September 1 for the school year they wish to start first grade.
Students that turn six (6) on or after September 1 but before January 1 will be considered “early first grade” applicants.
Early first grade applications will be considered for enrollment on a case-by-case basis. Early first grade applicants must satisfy readiness requirements identified through an emotional and academic and/or readiness assessment before being accepted to a school in 1st grade. This process is designed to help ensure that early admission is in the best interest of the child. The Superintendent shall have sole discretion in determining whether to offer admission to an early first grade applicant.
New students offered enrollment will be scheduled for a readiness placement assessment to determine which grade level the student would be best served. The student’s grade placement may differ from the application based on the results of the readiness assessment. Final acceptance is contingent on capacity in the grade level at which a student tests, we cannot guarantee that we will have sufficient capacity to place a student until after he or she has been tested. Parents will be notified of the results and final grade placement by phone. Parents have five days to notify the school of their decision.
AMS does not discriminate enrollment based on race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, birth place or citizenship, homeless or foster status, sex, age (excluding the minimum age for kindergarten), disability, gender identity or expression, athletic or academic ability, income level, proficiency in the English language, or any classification that may be designated a protected class now or in the future to determine admission or enrollment.
We encourage but do not require potential students or families to attend interviews, informational meetings, or tours as a condition of admission or enrollment.
AMS shall grant enrollment preference and/or reserve capacity for:
DEFINITION OF SIBLING:
Students will be considered siblings if they share a common parent/guardian or legal ward, either biologically or legally through adoption, and foster children who have a sibling already enrolled or attending the school at the time of enrollment.
DESIGNATED AMS AFFILIATE SCHOOLS:
The Designated AMS Affiliate Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year are:
Students who enter the lottery but do not gain admission or who later apply for admission for grade levels in which there is no room will be maintained on a waitlist. During the lottery day, two lotteries are performed: first, a lottery for each priority preference group and subsequently a lottery for any remaining spots with no applicable enrollment priorities. Within each priority category, applicants are sorted and numbered in random order for selection. Waitlist applications do not roll over from one year to the next.
Waitlisted students will be called in the order of their application and offered admission and may be purged from the waitlist if the parent does not complete the enrollment application within 5 days.
It is important to note that positions of names on a waitlist are not static because enrollment preferences change. There are many scenarios in which the enrollment preference of a student on the waitlist may change. Students with a new sibling preference—for example, once the sibling of a student on the waitlist begins attending the charter school—would move ahead of students who do not have a sibling preference.
Pursuant to A.R.S. §15 – 184, AMS does not admit students who were expelled from other schools or are in the process of being expelled unless granted an exception at the sole discretion of the Superintendent.
AMS network schools currently include Academy of Math and Science – Prince, Academy of Math and Science – MASSA, Academy of Math and Science Flower, Academy of Math and Science Camelback, Academy of Math and Science Desert Sky, Academy of Math and Science Glendale, Academy of Math and Science Peoria Advanced, and other campuses as may be added to the AMS network affiliated with AMS through Governing Board or Corporate Board membership or common management company.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act and applicable state law, AMS does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, gender identity or expression, or any other classification protected by law in any of its business activities, including its educational programs and activities which comply fully with the requirements of state and federal law and Title IX.