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Applying to Vanderbilt Charter 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 info@nhaschools.com and we'll get back to you shortly.
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It's Time to Apply for the 2023-24 School Year!

Open Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year starts October 1 and ends November 30. Open Enrollment is the best time to apply! All applications received during Open Enrollment are considered equal and eligible for being randomly drawn to fill available seats. When Open Enrollment ends, students will go on the waiting list if seats are full. Don't miss the deadline, apply today!
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Open Enrollment and Lottery

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the upcoming school year begins on October 1st at 8:00 a.m. school’s local time and ends at 5:00 p.m. on November 30th. 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 registration forms via email. A proof of residency must also be submitted to complete registration. Parents/Guardians must submit to the school 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 hold your student’s seat, the items below must be completed by the deadline provided in acceptance communications. All forms can be completed or uploaded online via the Parent Portal.

  • Admissions Form
  • ​Official Release of Records
  • Proof of Residency
The remaining paperwork listed below allows us to ensure student safety, student well-being, and accurate reporting. We ask you return these items as soon as possible, but no later than your student's first day of school. All forms can be completed or uploaded online via the Parent Portal.
  • Attendance Expectations Form
  • Birth Certificate (original certified copy)
  • Directory and Photo/Video Authorization
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Health Department Consent Form
  • Home Language Questionnaire
  • Immunization Records
  • Lunch Forms (available after July 1)
  • Student Device Agreement
  • Student Residency Questionnaire
  • Transportation Permission Form
  • Dental Health Screening (Young fives/kindergarten/first grade students only)
  • Vision Screening (Young fives/kindergarten students only)
  • High School Transcript (High School students only)
  • Course Request Form (High School students only)
  • Specialized Learning Form (High School students only)
  • Volunteer Form (only completed if interested in volunteering at the school)
  • Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan (if applicable)
  • Parent Volunteer Form (optional)
  • Medication Administration Form (only children with medications)

Parent Portal

The NHA Parent Portal allows parents and guardians to access their child's information online through their computer or smart phone. Parents can view student grades, fill out school forms, contact school staff, check attendance record, view the school calendar, make payments for school lunch, and view your notifications or account settings. Watch the video below to learn how to create your Parent Portal account.

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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