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Applying to Laurus Academy

Whether you're ready to apply or if you're thinking about applying, we want you to know what to expect. Below are some frequently asked questions about our application process, Open Enrollment and lottery procedures, and enrollment requirements. If you have questions, email laurusacademy@nhaschools.com and we'll get back to you shortly.
What is open enrollment?

Open Enrollment for the 2024-25 School Year Starts Oct. 1

We’re often asked, “When is the best time to apply to an NHA school?” The answer: During Open Enrollment. Open Enrollment for the 2024-25 school year starts Oct. 1 and ends Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. Check out this blog to clear up any confusion around this important “golden window” of time.
What is Open Enrollment?

Open Enrollment and Lottery

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the upcoming school year begins on October 1 at 8:00 a.m. school’s local time and ends at 5:00 p.m. on November 30. If more applications are received than there are seats available, a random selection lottery will take place to determine which applicants are offered an available seat and determine the order of the waiting list. If fewer applications have been received than there are seats available, all students will be accepted.
 

Lottery

Lottery is a random selection process to fill available seats for all grade levels. A lottery is only held if the number of applications received during Open Enrollment is greater than the number of seats available in any grade level. Lotteries take place in December. Lottery information will be posted to the school calendar.

How our Lottery Works

Watch this short video to learn more about the lottery process.

Next Steps

Waiting List

If your child is on the waiting list, don’t be discouraged! Often, seats become available throughout the summer. We will continue to send you school information if your child is on the waiting list.

Questions? Check out our Waiting List FAQ

Acceptance

We will contact you by mail and email if there is an available seat at our school for your child. Please keep your contact information up to date at our school. If we cannot get a hold of you by either means, your child’s seat may be forfeited.

Questions? Check out our Accepted Students FAQ

Enrollment Requirements

If accepted, you will receive an acceptance package with important information via email and mail. Parents/Guardians must submit all of the following items by the date specified in the letter, otherwise your child may be removed from the accepted list.

Michigan Requirements

To register your student’s seat, provide the information and forms bolded below. These documents must be completed on or before the deadline provided in the acceptance communications in order to secure your child's seat.

Important paperwork needed to register:

  • Admissions Form
  • ​Official Release of Records
  • ​Proof of Residency
  • Grade Level Assessment (Only if attending Knapp or Pembroke)​​​​​
The remaining forms are needed no later than your child's first day. These forms allow us to ensure student safety and well-being and accurate reporting, so we ask that you fill those out as soon as possible.

Additonal forms needed for all Michigan students:
  • Attendance Expectation Form
  • ​Birth Certificate (original certified copy)
    • A certified copy can be obtained at the County Clerk’s Office in the county in which your child was born (photocopy, hospital, or footprint copy is not acceptable).
  • Directory & Media Opt Out Form
  • ​Emergency Contact Information
  • Health Department Consent Form
  • ​Home Language Questionnaire
  • Immunization Records (Including virtual school)
  • Lunch Forms (available after July 1 - Including virtual school)
  • ​Student Device Agreement
  • Student Residency Questionnaire
  • Transportation Permission Form
  • Dental Health Screening (Y5/K/1st grade students only)
  • Vision Screening (Y5/K students only)
  • Volunteer Form (only complete if interested in volunteering at the school)
  • Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan (if applicable)
Other forms needed for middle and high school students only:
  • Course Request Form (9th grade students)
  • Current High School Transcript (10th-12 grade students)
  • NWEA and/or PSAT ELA/Math scores (or schedule to take NWEA assessment at the school)
  • Specialized Learning Form
Other forms needed for virtual school students only:
  • Course Request Form (9th grade students)
  • Current High School Transcript (8th-12th grade students)

All information and forms can be submitted online via the Parent Portal.

*Other forms may be requested before the first day of school.

Parent Portal

The Parent Portal allows parents quick and easy access to their child's essential information. Watch our Parent Portal video and learn how to create an account or log in if you already have a Parent Portal account.

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