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ADMISSION AND ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

OVCA is an open-enrollment public charter school. Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade participating in OVCA must reside in Oklahoma and be between the ages of 5 and 21.

Students must be 5 on or before September 1 and may not turn 21 on or before September 1. OVCA shall continue to accept applications and enroll students until either the school or grade level reaches a capacity limit.
 
New students to the school shall be enrolled conditionally until educational records, including discipline records, from schools previously attended by the student and other documentation are received by the school.
 
In the event the student’s records indicate a reason to deny admission, the student’s conditional enrollment status may be revoked.
 
The Head of School, or Head of School designee, may deny admission to the school in accordance with applicable law.
 
Grounds for denial of admission include but are not limited to:
  • Having been expelled from any school district during the preceding twelve months;
  • Behavior in another school district during the preceding twelve months that is detrimental to the welfare or safety of other students or school personnel;
  • Graduation from the twelfth grade of any school or receipt of any document evidencing completion of the equivalent of a secondary curriculum;
  • Failure to meet the requirements of age (students must be at least 5 by September 1 and may not be over the age of 21 on or before September 1st)
  • Failure to comply with state immunization laws;
  • Failure to provide proof of residency per board policy verifying residence within the boundaries of the state of Oklahoma;
  • Intentionally providing erroneous information on the application for enrollment.
 

DUAL ENROLLMENT POLICY

A student who is “dual enrolled” is enrolled at two or more schools (public or private) at the same time. Oklahoma law does not currently allow for students to attend OVCA on a part-time basis or to attend two public schools at the same time. It is the expectation that students will be enrolled at the Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy full time. Students will be expected to attend full time at OVCA or through a combination of courses at OVCA, Career Tech and/or colleges through concurrent enrollment. Attending a Career Tech or university is not considered dual enrollment. Exceptions to this policy will be Special Education students whose IEP stipulates that a lesser class load provides Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).
 

ADMISSION OF HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH

The McKinney Act of 1987, or P.L. 100-77, ensures that each child of a homeless individual, and each homeless youth shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youth. OVCA ensures equitable access and opportunity to enroll and participate in educational services.
There is an immediate removal of enrollment barriers. A homeless child’s entry will not be delayed due to delays in obtaining school records. Rules regarding guardianship are waived for homeless students living with foster parents or relatives other than their legal guardians. Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy can help qualifying homeless students which can include assistance with basic school supplies (this could include internet), information on local resources such as clinics and food banks and being aware of transportation needs during state testing. If you feel you may be eligible for services please call or email Raeshelle Sharpnack, Family Resource Coordinator, at rsharpnack@okvirtual.org or 405.259.9478 ext.2140.
 

FOSTER CARE

OVCA helps provide educational stability for children in foster care to ensure that all school- age children in foster care have the opportunity to achieve at the same high levels as their peers. If your student is in foster care or is awaiting placement of foster care please contact Raeshelle Sharpnack, Foster Care Point of Contact, at rsharpnack@okvirtual.org or 405.259.9478 ext. 2140.
 

 

This information is from the Board-approved OVCA Handbook for SY 2021-2022