The Admissions Process
Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School
Inquiry Forms Are Now Being Accepted for the 2020-2021 School Year.
The Admissions Process:
Lincoln is a free public school. This is the time for parents to submit an INQUIRY Formfor the 2019-2020 School Year(see below).
This window is open to ALL K-12 students from ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS. As a reminder, the INQUIRY Form is an APPLICATION. Your child may be placed in a random lottery if we have too many applicants for the number of seats available. Please note that we may not have open seats in all grades.
This is your opportunity. Once the window is closed, it may not reopen until next the 2020-2021 School Year. Please continue to visit our website often to look for new opportunities.
As necessary, NEW Windows will open for children for specific grades in the Allentown School District, or other Districts. Allentown students will be selected first according to the number of openings available for Allentown students.
Lincoln’s Admissions Process, State Law and the Lottery:
We follow the Pennsylvania Charter School law; if more students apply for seats that are available, all Charter Schools are required to use a random lottery system to select new incoming students. Lincoln uses a random software digital program on line program to make the selections. Once a child’s name is selected in the lottery, the parent will be notified.
Example: 20 students may apply for 10 open seats for an open grade. Each student is assigned a random number. The numbers are selected randomly by a digital (computerized) lottery. The first numbers (children) selected will be offered a seat. The remaining 10 children will be placed on a waiting list in the order of selection. If a selected student moves away or does not want to attend, then the next student on the waiting list is called.
Admissions Preferences: PA. Charter School law grants siblings (brothers and sisters), and children of parents who helped to establish a charter school, an “Admissions Preference.” Let’s go back to the above example. If 10 seats open up and 20 children apply, a child who already has a sibling at Lincoln, or the child of a parent who helped to open Lincoln, will get selected first, and the remaining children will then go into the Lottery.
Definition of a sibling:Lincoln defines a “sibling” as a biological, foster, or adopted child of the parent who already has a child or children at Lincoln. Before a student is actually admitted, the parent will be required to submit original documents; birth certificate, adoption papers signed by the court, and/or proof from a court that a sibling is a foster child. This makes it a fair process for everyone.
Lincoln reserves the right to deny admission to any parent who cannot prove that the child in question is a “sibling.” Any child who happens to be residing with a Lincoln family will not be considered for admission if the parent cannot prove that the child is a “sibling.” The parent shall have 3 days from the date of notification that the child was selected in the lottery to provide the necessary documents.
Out-of-Allentown-School-District students: Once Allentown seats are full, and/or there is space available for more students, seats will be opened for out-of-District students. If there are more applicants for the available slots, a separate pool will be opened for those students and the same lottery process would follow.
Frequently Asked Questions (FQAs)
Can Student/Athletes Apply to Lincoln? Yes. Student/Athletes may apply to Lincoln like any other regular or special education student. Once they are accepted, all of the PIAA transfer and playing rules will apply to the student.
Does Lincoln RECRUIT student/athletes? NO. According to Charter School Law, Charter Schools are NOT allowed to RECRUIT student/athletes.
3. If a student/athlete is accepted at Lincoln, Lincoln Leadership and the student/athlete are then required to meet all of the PIAA Transfer deadlines. Lincoln will not accept a student/athlete after a transfer deadline passes.
4. Parents are to contact Lincoln coaches about “getting their children in.” The CEO is the only person who has the authority to accept a child at Lincoln and will do so according to Charter School law.
5. Why would any parent want send their child to Lincoln? Because we have the best Dual Enrollment College program in the Lehigh Valley (see website for College Dual Enrollment).
6. Lincoln started offering college classes in 2012. In the past 2 years, 14 students graduated with an Associate of Arts (2-year) college degree. Over 75% of our High School students earned college credits last year (2018-2019).
Lastly, Lincoln has a 100% graduation rate and college Enrollment rate. No other school district can make this claim.
Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School is in the top 5% Charter Schools in the United States (US NEWS and World Report).
If you want to get ahead and learn about leadership, Lincoln is the school for you!
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