POLICY #5111
 
NORWICH FREE ACADEMY
POLICY FOR STUDENT ENROLLMENT POLICY
 
 
The Norwich Free Academy (NFA) considers its primary responsibility to be providing quality educational services to all eligible students from the established sending towns (Bozrah, Canterbury, Franklin, Lisbon, Norwich, Preston, Sprague, Voluntown). Therefore, The Board of Trustees maintains facilities, grades nine through twelve inclusive, for the purpose of providing a high school education to all eligible students. Each eligible student shall have an equal opportunity to participate in the programs and activities of The Norwich Free Academy without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, or any other status protected by law. The Board of Trustees may, in the discretion of the Superintendent/Head of School or designee and as is otherwise consistent with its policies and the law, permit private tuition students from school districts outside of the sending town area to enroll at NFA on a case-by-case basis.
Furthermore, The Board of Trustees, at their discretion, may enter into agreements with any established sending town, or other towns, for practices and procedures regarding student enrollment.
 
Enrollment
 
A.  For students entering the ninth grade directly from an established sending town public school, or directly from a parochial school within the established sending town area so long as the student is a resident of an established sending town, The Norwich Free Academy shall require the following:
 
•  Evidence of successful completion of the eighth grade.
•  Grade reports and discipline records from middle/junior high school.
•  The results of the eighth grade Connecticut Mastery Test, if applicable, and/or any other standardized achievement tests, if available.
•  The appropriate immunization and medical records as required by state law and NFA policy.
•  Receipt of the NFA Ninth Grade Course Selection Sheet.
•  Any other records and information, including but not limited to special education records, pertinent to educational planning or as otherwise required or permitted by law.
 
B.   For students requesting enrollment in grades nine through twelve inclusive and who have recently established residency within the established sending town area, The Norwich Free Academy shall require the following:
 
•  A parent/guardian appointment with the NFA Registrar or designee and completion of the NFA Student Pre-Registration form.
•  A copy of the student’s social security number and birth certificate.
•  Completion of the NFA Residency Affidavit and Pre-Registration Approval form.
•  Evidence of successful completion of the eighth grade and/or high school records, whichever is applicable.
•  Grade reports from middle/junior high school and/or high school transcripts, whichever is applicable, and discipline records.
• The appropriate immunization and medical records as required by state law and NFA policy.
• The results of the eighth grade Connecticut Mastery Test, if applicable, and/or any other standardized achievement tests, if available.
•  Any other records and information, including but not limited to special education records, pertinent to educational planning or as otherwise required or permitted by law.
 
C.   The enrollment of private tuition students at The Norwich Free Academy serves to broaden the academic, artistic, cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic diversity of the school. The Board of Trustees may permit students from school districts outside of the sending town area to enroll in The Norwich Free Academy on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the Superintendent/Head of School or designee. The Academy may consider requests for the enrollment of private tuition students under the following conditions:
 
•  When school and class enrollment will accommodate the addition of private tuition students without undue crowding.
•  When the acceptance of the private tuition student will not place a hardship on the resources or finances of the Academy.
•  When there are established and available programs provided at the Academy that meet the educational needs of the private tuition student. No additional costs shall be incurred by the Academy and the Academy shall not be required to add additional classes or programs to accommodate the needs of a private tuition student.
 
The acceptance of private tuition students at The Norwich Free Academy should, in no way, be considered student recruitment for athletic purposes in conflict with Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) regulations.  The Academy will fully comply with CIAC regulations in the administration of all athletic programs.
 
D.   Whenever a student age sixteen or older voluntarily terminates enrollment (withdraws) from a school and subsequently seeks admission to The Norwich Free Academy, the administration may deny admission for up to ninety school days from the date of such termination. Students who have previously attended four years of high school shall be referred to the Superintendent/designee of the sending school district for enrollment consideration. Students who have attained the age of nineteen or older and cannot acquire a sufficient number of credits for graduation by age twenty-one shall be referred to the sending school district for an alternative placement.
 
Whenever a student against whom an expulsion hearing is pending withdraws from a school after notification of such hearing, but before the hearing is completed and a decision rendered, The Norwich Free Academy may exclude the student from school attendance and privileges and conduct its own expulsion hearing or take other action, disciplinary or otherwise, consistent with its policies and the law.
 
In the event that student who is expelled from another school attempts to enroll at The Norwich Free Academy, prior to admission, The Academy will convene an expulsion hearing. The hearing will be for the limited purpose of determining whether the student’s conduct warrants expulsion under Academy policy. The student shall be excluded from attendance and school privileges at The Norwich Free Academy pending such hearing and issuance of the determination on the issue of expulsion. During this period of exclusion, the student will be offered an alternative educational opportunity.
 
Placement
 
Students who apply for initial enrollment to The Norwich Free Academy will be placed in the appropriate year based upon of the number of years the student has spent in high school. In the event that the number of years the student has spent in high school cannot be determined, placement in the appropriate year shall be based upon age. The appropriate class (grade) is determined by high school credits earned.
 
The administration may require a conference with the parent/guardian and/or student and with sending town personnel, if essential, for the purpose of determining the appropriate educational program prior to the student’s enrollment. If this conference is required it shall be held in a timely manner.
 
Exceptions
 
Exceptions to the enrollment policy may be made by the Superintendent/Head of School or designee on the basis of supporting physical, psychological, and/or educational evidence. If a special education student is being considered for an exception to the enrollment policy a Planning and Placement Team, including a representative from The Norwich Free Academy, shall be convened by the sending town.
 
 
 
 
 
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes
See Also:               Norwich Free Academy Tuition Policy 3240
Norwich Free Academy Policy for Disenrollment of Students- 5112.4 Norwich Free Academy Policy for Promotion and Retention-5123 Norwich Free Academy Policy for Home Schooling-6172.3 Administrative Procedure for Student Enrollment and Placement 5111
Policy Adopted:    May 15, 2001
Policy Revised:      May 16, 2006
April 22, 2008
 
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