Admissions
Criteria for Admission: 

The Connection Education Center of the Palm Beaches is open to students ages 3-14 with future plans to accept students up to the age of 22 residing in Palm Beach County that have an Individual Educational Plan that indicates a primary eligibility of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children under six years of age can have a primary eligibility of ASD or DD (Developmental Delay). If the primary eligibility is DD there must be supporting documentation to support a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. (Ex. Physician Evaluation, Neurologist Evaluation. Etc.) 

Enrollment Policy

The School will admit students of any race, color, nationality and ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender. Pursuant to Section 1022.33(10)(b), the School shall enroll any eligible student who submits a timely application unless the number of applications exceed the capacity of a program, class, grade level or building. In such cases, all applicants shall have an equal chance of being admitted through a random selection process. Enrollment will also follow FS 1002.33(15)c, which includes enrolling students according to racial/ethnic balance provisions in 
1002.33 (7)(a)8. In accordance with 1022.33 (10)(d), the School may give enrollment preference to the following populations: 

  •   students who are siblings of a student enrolled in the School 
  •   students who are the children of a founding board member of the School 
  •   students who are the children of a School staff member 

Enrollment Procedures: 

  •   Student applications will be made accessible on the school website, and in paper form at the school. 
  •   Applications will be taken throughout the year. (see timeline for upcoming year)   

Upon submission of an application, the information will be date stamped, reviewed for eligibility of attendance, and filed by grade level. All accepted applicants will be provided with written registration requirements. Documentation required by the District is collected for review and verification. The following items are generally required for all students: 

  •  Proof of residence in Palm Beach County 
  •  IEP with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a primary eligibility (DD for children under age 6 as long as there is data to support an ASD diagnosis) 
  • current immunization/medical history 

> At each phase of the admission process the appropriate correspondence will be generated and communicated to each
applicant. This will include an email and/or letter sent to the applicant to confirm receipt of the application. The data will be monitored and reports created to determine the need for a lottery,wait lists, and letters of acceptance.  

> Upon receipt of the application, parents will be contacted to come in for a tour and orientation. The schools mission and parent and student expectations will be discussed to insure that the school fits the needs of the family. 

> Enrollment for each upcoming school year will be closed on May 1st to give administration time to place current and potential students.There will be a two week window to complete enrollment. Applications will still be accepted after May 1st and students will be placed based upon a lottery system.

> The number of seats available will be determined by the number of students who recommit minus the capacity. This is in compliance with Section 1002.33 (10) (b). 

> If, at the end of the Open Enrollment, there is an over subscription for any grade level a lottery will be conducted. (see below for lottery procedures)  

> Parents will be notified in writing of their child’s acceptance no later than fourteen (14) days past the acceptance period deadline and will respond to the school in writing of their decision to attend no later than 1 week after acceptance. If an accepted applicant decides not to attend the school, the slot will be given to the first person on the waiting list for that particular age/grade level. 

> All applications received after the open enrollment period will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list for that particular program, class, or grade level in the order in which they are received. 

Lottery Rules and Procedures 

Rules: General 

1. For the purposes of the following rules, the following terms are defined as: 

  •  All references to dates are defined to mean WITHIN THE HOURS OF OPERATION on the date indicated. 
  •  Manual lottery refers to the selection of applicant names by a random method such as the blind drawing of individual names from a container in sequence  until all names in the container have been exhausted. 

2. All Applicants who applied within the open enrollment window (Students not already attending the School) participate in the lottery. The Executive Director / Principal notifies the necessary parties of preference status prior to the lottery date. 

3. Only applications received prior to the end of the enrollment deadline are eligible to participate in the lottery. 

4. All applicants offered a seat shall be required to affirmatively respond to an offer for acceptance within 1 week of notice of acceptance. Those not responding (excludes declines) will be moved to the end of the wait list. 

5. Only one (1) lottery shall be conducted by a school to include all grades in which the number of Applicants exceeds the number of expected seats available. 

  •  At the end of the open enrollment window, if the number of Applicants is less than the number of seats anticipated to be available, no public lottery shall be conducted for that grade.  
  •  Siblings of Applicants in another grade who are offered and have accepted admission based upon the preference established by the rescinded offer shall maintain the seat accepted and the sibling whose offer which has been rescinded 
  • Shall be considered to have a preference of an Applicant with a sibling applying for the same academic year. 

6. ALL offers of enrollment shall be made in the order of the lottery results and established Wait list. NO OFFER SHALL BE MADE TO A STUDENT NOT PROPERLY ENTITLED TO THE NEXT AVAILABLE SEAT. 

Rules: Preferences 

1. All preference categories shall be published prior to the conduct of the lottery 
2. All Applicants entitled to receive a placement preference shall be identified PRIOR to the lottery 
3. Preference status entitles an Applicant to be offered an available seat ahead of Applicants without a preference status. 
4. Preferences granted are subject to review and verification. The School reserves the right to rescind acceptance offers if the preference status is not  verified or validated (i.e. proof of residency, proof of legal guardianship). 
5. In accordance with 1022.33 (10)(d), a charter school may give enrollment preference to the following populations: 

  •  students who are siblings of a student enrolled in the School 
  •  students who are the children of a founding board member of the School 
  •  students who are the children of a School staff member  

6. Siblings who are applying for the first time will receive preference only after one of the siblings has been selected in the lottery and accept their seat. 

CECPB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability or marital status in its educational programs, services or activities in accordance to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with CECPB by contacting us at 561-328-6044 or in person.
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Dear Parents and Guardians:

Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child at CECPB! To the right is the enrollment application that needs to be completed prior to your child’s desired start date. The entire 4 pages need to be fully completed and submitted along with your child's current IEP.
Click on the link above to complete application, download it and email to connections@connectedpb.com

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