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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How do I apply?

Submit an application at www.schoolappkc.org. You will be asked to create a family profile and select a password using just your name and an email address or phone number. If you have already used SchoolMint in another application year or with another school, you may already have an account. You can use this account to apply to schools using the SchoolAppKC link. You will start by filling out a family profile, add students to your account, and then select the schools you want your child to attend.

How long does it take to apply online?

Typically, the application process should take less than 5 minutes. Once you accept a seat at a school, you will complete that school’s enrollment process.

What if I do not have access to a computer?

You can submit the application from a mobile device or you can contact a school for assistance.

How many schools can I apply to?

You can apply to as many schools as you would like, however, we encourage you to learn about all the schools you are interested in and apply to the schools you think are best for your child.

Can I accept a seat at more than one school?

No, families must choose one school. You can receive multiple offers for schools, however, you can only accept one seat for your child. Once you select a school, the other offers will automatically be declined, but your waitlist spots will not disappear until you remove yourself or are made an offer when a seat becomes available.

How do schools decide who gets in?

Lotteries will be conducted at schools who have more applicants than available seats. Students with siblings attending any given school do receive sibling preference. Some schools also offer priorities for children of staff members, and some schools give geographic or zip code preferences. Contact each school you are interested in to learn more about their admissions policies.

What happens if I miss the deadline?

You can still apply to a participating school for the 2021-2022 school year after the February 22, 2021 deadline. If a school has space available, applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For schools that do not have space available, applicants will be placed on a waitlist in the order that their application was received.

How do I know if I get in?

If your child is offered a seat in the school, the SchoolAppKC system will automatically notify you after the lottery by text, email or both, depending on the preference you selected in your application. You will still need to complete an enrollment process in order to secure the student’s seat.

My child already has a school, does he or she still need to apply?

You only need to apply using SchoolAppKC if your child is interested in attending a participating school for the 2020-2021 school year that he/she does not currently attend. If your child is planning to stay at his/her current school, consult your current school’s re-enrollment policy.

Is SchoolAppKC open to anyone?

The only requirement is that your child lives within the boundaries of the Kansas City Public School district. If you currently live outside of the district but are planning on moving before school begins, some of the schools in the platform will allow you to apply. No school will allow you to enroll until you live inside of the district boundaries. 

Eligibility

I don’t live in the Kansas City Public Schools boundaries. Can I still attend a charter school in Kansas City?
No.  In order to attend a Kansas City charter school, you must live in the KCPS district. Find an attendance boundary map here.
I DO live in the Kansas City Public Schools district – does this mean I am eligible to attend any charter school?
Yes, Charter schools are public schools and must accept any student who applies as long as they have seats available. 
My child has special needs, can I still participate in this process?
Yes, all charter schools accept students with special needs. You will not be asked about this during the application process, however, once you accept an offer and begin to enroll, be sure to share your child’s IEP or 504 plan documents with your new school.
What is the age requirement for my child to enroll in a Kansas City school?
For charter schools in Kansas City, the cut-off date for turning 5 years old varies between August 1 and October 31. Your child must be 5 years old before August 31 to enroll in a KCPS kindergarten. Private schools determine their own cut-off dates.

How to Apply

How do I apply?

Click back over to the homepage and use the button that says Participating Schools to start your application. Create a simple account, fill out a family profile and select the schools you want your child to attend.

What happens if I miss the deadline?

You can still apply to participating schools after the February 22, 2021 deadline. If a school has space available, you will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For schools that do not have space available, you will be placed on a waitlist in the order that your application was received.

How long does it take to apply online?
Typically, the application process should take less than 5 minutes. After you accept a seat at a school, you will complete that school’s enrollment process.
What if I do not have access to a computer?
You can submit the application from a phone or tablet or you can contact a participating school for assistance.
How many schools can I apply to?
You can apply to as many as you would like, but we encourage you to learn about all the options and apply to the schools you think are best for your child.
Does it matter when I apply?

For schools that hold a lottery, it does not matter when you apply as long as it is before the application deadline by February 22, 2021. After the deadline, schools that have availability will admit students on a first-come, first-serve basis.

My child already has a school, does he or she still need to apply?

You only need to apply using SchoolAppKC if your child is interested in attending a participating school for the 2021-2022 school year that he/she does not currently attend. If your child is planning to stay at his/her current school, consult your current school’s re-enrollment policy.

After Applying

How do I know if I get in?
If your child is offered a seat in the school, the SchoolAppKC system will automatically notify you by text, email or both, depending on the preference you selected, after the lottery. You will still need to complete an enrollment process in order to secure the student’s seat. 
Can I accept a seat at more than one school?

No, families must choose one school. You can receive multiple offers for schools, however, you can only accept one seat for your child. Once you select a school, the other offers will automatically be declined, but your waitlist spots will not disappear until you remove yourself or are made an offer when a seat becomes available. 

What happens if I don’t select a school by March 8, 2021?

Your current school offers will expire. You are able to re-apply to schools. For schools that have waitlists, you will be assigned a number at the end of the waitlist. For schools that have seats, you will be offered a seat on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Can I edit my application or add schools?
Yes, you can edit your application at any time before the deadline. Log into your account and click “Edit” next to the student’s name on your application dashboard.
What happens if I lose my password?
Families can access their username or password by clicking “Forgot Username?” or “Forgot Password?” at the Log-In page. Otherwise, please contact the SchoolMint support team at support@schoolmint.com or 855-957-3535.
What do I do if I am waitlisted?

Do not be discouraged if you are on a waitlist. As other families accept and decline seats, you will see your waitlist number fluctuate. If you have your heart set on a school you are welcome to remain on a waitlist; however, there is no guarantee a seat will open.

Can I accept a seat at at school while remaining on a waitlist of another school?

Yes! You can accept a seat and still remain on waitlists at other schools, but you can only accept one offer at a time.

Understanding Charter Schools

What is a charter school?
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools, independent of the school district, that are equally open to all children who live in a geographic area.
Will transportation be provided?
Schools have different policies on transportation. Contact the school you are interested in directly to find out whether your child will qualify.
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