Sign In
NHA Logo Ridge Park Charter Academy 4120 Camelot Ridge Drive SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
HomeApply
Student Application

Please complete each step below when applying for a child to attend any NHA school. All items with an asterisk (*) are required. If you have any questions or concerns about applying, please review Applying to an NHA school for more information.

Please complete the following steps:

Select School
Complete
Academic Year*
Selected School(s)*
     
    Great news! These schools are near your selected school(s). If you'd like to apply to more than one school, just click a school below.
    Nearby Schools
      Student
      Incomplete
      Birthdate *
      Gender *
      Has this student applied to NHA before? *
      Has this student attended a school previously? *
      Parent/Legal Guardian
      Incomplete
      Sibling Info/Preferences
      Incomplete
      Does the applying student have any other siblings applying to or currently attending this school?
      A separate application must be submitted for all sibling(s).
      Are you or any other guardian of the applying child a staff or board member at the selected school(s)?
      Survey
      Optional

      I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions

      Questions & Answers

      How will I know if my child is accepted into the school?

      If your child is accepted, the school will send out an Acceptance Package. The Acceptance Package is your first critical step to completing the enrollment process at our school as it contains further information about necessary paperwork.

      What happens if there are no seats available?

      In some situations, the grade to which your child is applying may have a waiting list. If your child is placed on the waiting list, do not be discouraged. Waiting list movement is very common, especially during the summer months. Openings can occur at any time, even after the school year begins. You will be notified by mail or phone when a seat becomes available.

      How does the lottery work?

      The lottery is a random selection process that is performed if more applications are received during open enrollment than there are seats available. All applicants will be notified of the lottery date for the appropriate school year. Lottery results will be communicated through the mail.

      How does sibling preference work?

      In order to accommodate parents who have more than one child eligible for enrollment, siblings of students accepted during the lottery (excluding North Carolina and Ohio schools) or currently enrolled students are given preference over students who don’t have accepted or enrolled siblings. Siblings will be offered the first available seat in their respective grade or placed on a waiting list with sibling preference. Sibling preference is defined as children who have at least one common parent/legal guardian AND are living in the same household at least 50% of the time.

      Are other preferences offered at the school?

      Preferences may vary depending on the school’s charter agreement. See Terms and Conditions for preferences offered.

      How do I schedule a school tour?

      To schedule a school tour, please visit our Contact Us page and fill out the form. Once submitted, the school’s admissions representative will contact you to schedule an appropriate time.

      Thank You!

      Your application has been received by our admissions team. Please read the important information on this page regarding the next steps in the application process. If the information listed below is not correct, please contact the school immediately.

      Important Links

      Now that I've submitted an application, what should I expect?

      Apply again to the same school for another child

      New application

      Important Notes

      Address or phone changes
      Please notify each school to which you've applied if there are any changes in your address or phone number. If we are unable to reach you because of a wrong address or phone number, your child's name may be removed from our list of eligible students.

      Application expiration
      Your application is valid only for the applied school year. You need to reapply if your child is not accepted for the school year to which you've applied.

      Terms and Conditions
      To Apply
       

      2014-2015 School Year

      Applications must be received prior to the end of the Open Enrollment period as provided below. At the close of Open Enrollment, all applications received during the Open Enrollment period will be counted. If applications received are fewer than offered seats in each and every grade level, all application will be accepted and a lottery will not be conducted. If application received during the Open Enrollment period exceed offered seats in any grade level, a lottery will take place for all affected grade levels. 

      • Schools in CO, GA, IN, MI, NC, OH, and WI – the last day of Open Enrollment is February 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
      • Schools in NY – the last day of Open Enrollment is April 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
      • Schools in LA – the last day of Open Enrollment is March 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

      2013-2014 School Year
      Applications for the current school year (2013/2014) will be accepted until the end of the current school year and available seats will be filled.
       

      Lottery
       
      The lottery is a random selection drawing to determine who will be accepted and who will be placed on a waiting list. Parents may attend, but will be notified by mail of the lottery results. Applications received after Open Enrollment are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any remaining openings or placed on a waiting list.
      • In all states, preference is given to siblings of enrolled students.
      • In New York, Ohio, and Gary, Indiana, preference is also given to siblings of students accepted during the lottery and students who reside within the district in which the school is located.
      • At Landmark Academy in Commerce City, Colorado, preference is also given to children of serving board members, children of employees, siblings of students accepted during the lottery, previously enrolled students whose parent or guardian currently serves or served in the US Military who was transferred out of the area, and children who live in Brighton 27J School District.
      • At Foundations Academy in Brighton, Colorado, preference is also given to children of serving board members, children of employees, siblings of students accepted during the lottery, and children who live in Brighton 27J School District.
      • In Atlanta, Georgia preference is also given to students of governing board or full-time school employees that reside in the Atlanta Public School District, and to siblings of students who become accepted. Students must reside within the Atlanta Public School District.
      • In Michigan, preference is also given to siblings of students accepted during the lottery, and children of serving board members and employees.
      • In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, preference is also given to siblings of students accepted during the lottery. Students must reside within the East Baton Rouge School District to apply to the school.
      • In North Carolina, preference is also given to children of the school's full-time employees.
      • In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, preference is also given to students of currently employed teachers and siblings of students selected during the lottery. Students must reside within the Milwaukee Public School District to apply to the school.
       
      If your child is on a Waiting List
       
      You will be notified of acceptance by mail or phone if an opening becomes available for your child.
      • Schools in Indianapolis, IN - if a student is placed on a waiting list, the student may move down if the student does not have sibling preference.
      • Schools in CO, GA, Gary, IN, LA, MI, NC, NY and OH - if a student is placed on a waiting list, the student may move down if the student does not have any preferences indicated above or a student with district preference applies after you.
       
      If your child is Accepted
       
      If accepted, you will receive an acceptance package. Parents must submit to the school all of the following items by the date specified in the letter: Official Release of Records Form, Admissions Form, original Birth Certificate, and most recent Immunization Records.
      • In addition, schools in CO, GA, LA, NC, NY, OH, Gary, IN, and WI must submit to the school Proof of Residency Forms (contact the school for a list of accepted Proof of Residency).
      If these forms are not received by that date, your child may be removed from the school's accepted list.
       
      Important Notes
      • Your child must be in attendance on the first day of school. Please read our Enrollment Guidelines for details (it is included with acceptance and waiting list letters).
      • Please tell the school if you do not intend to send your child to the school.
      • It is your responsibility to notify the school of address and/or phone number changes. If we are unable to reach you because of wrong address or phone – your child’s name may be removed from our list.
      • Each application is valid for one school year only. Students once enrolled do not need to apply for future years.
      • Students may apply to only one grade per academic year.
      • The school will not accept an application for any student who is not a resident of this state, except a foreign exchange student.
       
      Re-Enrollment Information

      Once a student is enrolled and remains enrolled, he/she will remain eligible to be re-enrolled at the school for successive years without having to re-enter the random selection process. However, the student will be asked to complete a Re-Enrollment Form by the end of the Open Enrollment Period showing intent to re-enroll for the subsequent school year. By providing the school with a “Yes” or “Maybe” decision, a seat will be held for the student. By providing the school with a “No” decision, a seat will NOT be held for the student. If a “No” has been submitted to the school and the student later wishes to re-enroll, a new application must be completed. In this event, no preference will be given to a student who wishes to reapply.
       
       
      Schools managed by National Heritage Academies are public school academies. A charter school shall not discriminate against or limit the admission of any student on any unlawful basis, including on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion or ancestry. A school may not require any action by a student or family (such as an admissions test, interview, essay, attendance at an information session, etc.) in order for an applicant to either receive or submit an application for admission to that school.
       
      NHA provides a free appropriate public education for all students with disabilities. Individualized education programs are developed in partnership with parents and are designed to address the unique needs of each student. Specialized instruction is delivered in the least restrictive environment with close monitoring of student growth and adjustment of instruction based on student response and assessment results. Specialized instruction is delivered by special education teachers in both general and special education classrooms. In addition, speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, and other related services are provided based on student need.
       
      OK
      Issue

      The following schools have been removed as they are not accepting applications for the academic year selected:

        OK
        Michigan's Kindergarten Cut-Off

        {{Name}} will turn five years old between {{StartMonth}} 1st and {{EndMonth}} 1st of {{AcademicYear}}. The state of Michigan requires that we inform you of a change in the Kindergarten cut-off date. If you would like, you may read more about the Senate Bills 315 & 316 on legislature.mi.gov.

         

        Background

        In June of 2012, the Michigan Legislature approved a two-bill legislative package to move the state’s kindergarten start date from December 1 to September 1 over the next few years. The law is Public Act 198 of 2012.

         

        Implementation

        Over the next few years, the Michigan Department of Education will slowly move the start date for kindergarten forward. Under PA 198, to enroll in kindergarten:

        • For the 2013-14 school year, a child must be five by November 1, 2013.
        • For the 2014-15 school year, a child must be five by October 1, 2014.
        • For the 2015-16 school year and all subsequent school years, a child must be five by September 1.

        Special Note: {{AcademicYear}}-{{NextAcademicYear}} School Year

        Parents of children whose birthday falls between {{StartMonth}} 1 and {{EndMonth}} 1 are empowered by state law to choose what is in the best interest of their child: enroll in kindergarten or defer for another year. To enroll early into kindergarten the checkbox must be completed with the application. This checkbox serves as the waiver required by June 1, {{AcademicYear}}.

        OK
        Copyright © 2014National Heritage AcademiesAll Rights Reserved