The Early Career Academy is a tuition-free Arizona charter school open to eligible students in grades 11 and 12. The Early Career Academy will not deny enrollment to any eligible student based on gender, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and academic or athletic eligibility. Furthermore, the school will not discriminate against students with special education needs or those qualified as English Language Learners.
Enrollment is open to all high school juniors and seniors that are under 20 years of age by June 1 the year they enroll. For the 2017-2018 school year the cutoff would be anyone born after June 1, 1997. All applicants born before this date are not eligible for this program since they will reach their 22nd birthday prior to completing the program.
In accordance with the Arizona Charter Law, The Early Career Academy provides priority for enrollment to current students, siblings of current students, and to children of Early Career Academy staff provided that they have completed and submitted the application. Enrollment for these students follows the policy for grade level capacity.
If the number of applications received by the application deadline does not exceed the number of available seats in a grade, all applicants who submitted completed application forms for that grade during the open enrollment period will be accepted in that grade, pending proof of sufficient academic credits. Students will be accepted for enrollment after the open enrollment period provided there is capacity in that grade. All accepted students will be scheduled for an enrollment conference to complete the enrollment process.
If a student has been accepted to the school but does not confirm enrollment within 10 calendar days, his/her name is automatically withdrawn and moved to the bottom of the wait list. The next student on the waiting list may be offered enrollment. Wait lists do not carry over into the next school year.
Once enrolled, students will not be required to reapply in subsequent academic years, but will need to complete a re-enrollment form confirming their intent to return. Students who withdraw from Early Career Academy during the school year must reapply for enrollment and follow the procedures outlined for new students.
Application Process for New Students
Complete an Early Career Academy Application. The first step in the process is for the student and parent/guardian to complete an online application to Early Career Academy. Once the application is submitted, the application will be date and time stamped; a lottery number will be assigned.
Approval. If the number of applications received during the open enrollment period does not exceed the number of seats available, all applicants that have completed and submitted an application will be accepted. Seat availability is determined by building capacity, individual class size, and the ability to accommodate an individual applicant’s class scheduling needs. If the number of applications exceeds the available seats, a lottery will be held. All accepted students will be scheduled for an enrollment conference.
Enrollment Conference. The enrollment conference is designed to gather additional required paperwork and documents along with information to inform the Student Individual Learning Plan and answer any questions the student or parent/guardian may have. During the conference, the Early Career Academy staff member will verify student information, relay school policies, and discuss student academic objectives.
If necessary, a lottery will be held at the end of the Open Enrollment Period. The lottery will be conducted in a public forum at the Early Career Academy campus.
1. Lottery numbers from the completed applications will be printed on a blank card. All cards will be the same color, size, and weight.
2. Applicants may be provided the lottery number prior to the date of the lottery; however, the lottery numbers will be made available to any applicant immediately prior to the lottery drawing.
3. At the commencement of the lottery, all lottery cards will be placed in a suitable container for the drawing and lottery procedures will be reviewed.
4. Lottery cards will be drawn by a neutral party.
5. As each card is drawn, the applicant’s number will be posted until all seats are filled.
6. All remaining numbers drawn will be added to the wait list and posted.
The wait list will be developed based on the order of these numbers drawn. Students on the wait list will be offered placement as openings occur.
Waiting List Policy
Applications received after the grade level capacity has been reached, will be added to the wait list in the order they are received. Applications of siblings of any current Early Career Academy students or children of Early Career Academy staff, received after grade level capacity has been reached, will be given priority on the wait list, by adding them to the top of the wait list and in the order they are received.