North Star Academy Open Enrollment
North Star Academy (NSA) will hold an open enrollment on January 2 of each year. The first open enrollment period will be held from January 2 through January 30. A second open enrollment will start on January 31. Additional open enrollments will be held on an as-needed-basis later in the spring and throughout the summer months.
A lottery will be held after each OE period. Families will be notified via e-mail of their child’s acceptance into the school through the computerized lottery program. Families selected will be notified of the next steps in the registration process and what time line they will need to follow.
Please keep in mind if you apply for the current school year and your child is not selected through the lottery program, you will need to re-enroll in the database for the next school year. Students not chosen through the lottery program will not be “rolled over” to the next school year. Preferences allowed by law for employees, founding board members, or siblings of current students will be allowed in accordance with our charter application and state and federal laws.
Although students currently attending NSA will not be placed in a lottery each year, we may ask those families to “recommit” and complete a new registration packet each year. The deadline to declare your intent to return is January 31, 2016.
Enrollment at North Star Academy
NSA, a K–9 school, is currently serving up to 532 students. The current grade configuration aligns with the Jordan School District. Per NSA's charter the maximum number of students that may be enrolled at one time is 536.
Enrollment for each grade level is as follows:
Kindergarten - not to exceed 50
1st Grade - not to exceed 50
2nd Grade - not to exceed 50
3rd Grade - not to exceed 50
4th Grade - not to exceed 52
5th Grade - not to exceed 52
6th Grade - not to exceed 52
7th Grade - not to exceed 54
8th Grade - not to exceed 66
9th Grade - not to exceed 56
As seats become available during the school year NSA will pull students randomly from the applicant pool. Each year during the month of January NSA holds an open enrollment for the next school year. Any openings for the next school year will be filled by running a lottery during the first weeks of February.
To apply for enrollment in North Star Academy, please use the Online registration form. You can also use this link to check the status of your application. Please write down (keep) your confirmation number! Your application for enrollment is valid for one school year ONLY. Next January, you will need to re-apply to continue your participation in the lottery.
We respectfully ask that you not contact the school to ask your chances in the lottery — the staff is unable to answer this question and it takes up their valuable time.
In the event that you need to withdraw your student from North Star Academy, please download and fill out the appropriate withdrawal form below. However, please be aware of the following that will affect you if you choose to withdraw your student:
NOTICE TO PARENTS REGARDING WITHDRAWAL FROM A CHARTER SCHOOL
We would like to inform parents about some new laws that affect students transferring from a charter school to a district school so that you can plan accordingly and not be caught off guard. Unfortunately, if these new requirements are not followed, a student could lose their spot in the charter school and subsequently not be able to enroll in the district school of their choice either.
Utah state law establishes procedures that govern the withdrawal of students from charter schools for enrollment in district schools. See Utah Code. § 53A‐1a‐506.5 and Utah Admin. Rule R277‐472.
Specifically, Utah law states that parents are to provide notice by June 30th of their intent to withdraw from a charter school and enroll in another school (either a district school or another charter school) for the following year. If the parent applies for admission to their school district of residence for the following year before June 30th, the school district must accept the student into the student’s school of residence.
For example, if, during the 2013‐2014 school year a parent intends to withdraw their student from a charter school and re‐enroll in their neighborhood district school for the 2014‐2015 school year, they should notify both the charter school and their local school district of that intent prior to June 30, 2014. The district is required to enroll the student in their local neighborhood school.
If a parent wants to withdraw a student from a charter school after June 30th or during the school year, state law requires the parent to first go to the school district or other charter school and obtain a letter of acceptance for enrollment in the new school. The parent then needs to give the charter school a copy of that letter of acceptance. Also, in this situation, the local school district is not required to accept the student into their school of residence if the parent did not notify the district before June 30th. The district is only required to accept the student into a school in the district that has “adequate capacity”.
For example, if the parent in the above example fails to register the child in the neighborhood district school prior to June 30, 2014, the district doesn’t have to allow the student to enroll in their neighborhood school if that school doesn’t have “adequate capacity” for the 2014‐2015 school year. The district would then tell the parent which school has capacity for their child and the parent would be responsible for transportation to that school.
School districts should post information to their websites about which schools in the district have adequate capacity. If they have not done so, you should contact the district office and request that information.
We don’t want anyone to be caught in a difficult situation, so if you plan to enroll your student in a district school next year, please understand and follow these requirements.
If you choose to withdraw your student from our school, then change your mind, you will have to re-enroll your child through the lottery with NSA. We cannot guarantee reentry into the school regardless of the situation.
What is a lottery?
Since the number of applicants exceeds the established ceiling, students are selected by lottery. When a student is chosen, siblings of the applicant (within the same household) are also invited for admission, provided there are openings. Students currently admitted are given preference for re-enrollment. Siblings of admitted students are given preference relative to other applicants.
NSA will not discriminate in its admission policies or practices on the same basis as other public schools may not discriminate in their admission policies and practices.
How do I enroll my student?
There are currently limited openings at North Star Academy. To be considered for any current or future enrollment opportunities, place your student’s name in the applicant pool by going to the Online registration form.
What are the chances of my student being selected to attend North Star Academy?
Enrollment opportunities vary by grade. There is no way to predict when or if your student will be selected to attend North Star Academy. We encourage all interested families to apply for enrollment. You will be contacted using the contact information on your application if your student has been selected.
Do I need to re-enroll for the applicant pool each year?
Yes. Each January, you need to re-enroll to keep your student’s name in the applicant pool. To be considered for the initial lottery, you must enroll in the lottery no later than January 30th.
When are lotteries held?
The initial lottery is held the second week of February for available openings the following school year. Additional lotteries will be held when a student transfers from North Star and an opening becomes available.
When will I be notified of an open position?
Upon completion of the initial lottery, all applicants will be notified if they have been accepted or not. Additional enrollment opportunities will be filled throughout the school year as they become available. As soon as a position becomes available for your student, you will be notified either by e-mail, phone, or both.
Parents / guardians have 72 hours to accept / reject an open position when it becomes available. It is possible for a position to open during the school year. Parents should consider in advance whether they are willing to move their child mid-year.
I missed the open enrollment deadline. Can I still apply?
Yes, but you may be included in a lower lottery pool. Those that applied during the first Open Enrollment period will have preference.
I want to check my child’s application status. How do I do so?
You can check the status of your application using the following link: Check Application Status.
Enter your confirmation number to access your application. Your confirmation number was given to you at the end of the online application process.
How do I change information on my application?
You can change the information on an application using the following link: Modify Application.
Enter your confirmation number to access your application. Your confirmation number was given to you at the end of the online application process. Make the necessary changes, and then click the “Submit Application” button. A message will appear stating that your application has been updated.
How do I add a student to my application?
You can add a student on an application using the following link: Modify Application.
Click the “Add Student” button after entering your confirmation number.
I applied Online, but do not have my confirmation number. How can I get it?
Send an e-mail to email@example.com. Please include your name, your child’s name and your phone number. You will be sent your confirmation number, which you can use to check your application status Online at any time.
I applied last year, but have not updated my application. What do I do?
You must re-apply online. Applicants were responsible to update their application during open enrollment. It is not possible to update an existing application after the deadline.
The Kindergarten Application allows me to select am or pm.
Will I be automatically given the session I select?
North Star Academy puts great effort into assigning students to the class where their needs will be best met. All students are assessed by the kindergarten team during the spring. Once testing is complete, much consideration is given to the grouping of students in order to place them where they will be most successful. Morning and afternoon kindergarten requests will be considered when making these assignments, but the determining factor will be the best fit for the child’s needs.
Why does the application ask for my child’s current school?
The information is to assist our office staff in transferring records, should your child be drawn. The school will not be contacted without your permission.
The electronic application for admissions into NSA will be available here on
January 2, 2017 through January 31, 2017.
The lottery will be held during the second week of February, 2017.
A second open enrollment period will open on February 1, 2017 with lotteries to be held as needed.
School calendars are available here: Calendars and Schedules.
The school does not discriminate in its admission policies or practices on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, disability, or any other protected classification.
Transfer forms are available here:
or can can be printed by the front office upon notice that your student is withdrawing.