Application Information

 

 

Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child in Seminole Science School! Seminole Science School is a STEM-focused, tuition-free, public charter school serving grades K-8.

 

IMPORTANT: We have implemented a new Online Application process that encompasses our entire school system. In this new format, you will see contact information for Seminole Science School and also our other system schools of Orlando Science Charter School and Osceola Science Charter School. Please disregard the information for the other system schools if you are only interested in applying to Seminole Science School.

If, however, you are wanting to apply to more than one school in our system (e.g. Orlando Science AND Seminole Science) you may do so very easily by putting one as your First School of Choice and the other as your Second School of Choice within one Online Application. Your student will then be included in the Lottery Drawing/Waitlist for both of the selected schools according to the choice order submitted. Please note that you MUST show proof of residency for Seminole County at the time of registration if offered a spot. (Please see below for more information.) 

  

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LOTTERY DRAWING

Applicants are welcome to attend though it is not required and will not influence the chance for enrollment.

Viewing Options:

  • VIRTUAL – the Lottery Drawing will be broadcast virtually. If you submitted an online application within the Online Application window shown above, you will be receiving a direct link to the Webinar via email. Please check your Spam/Junk folder if unable to locate in your main inbox. 
  • IN-PERSON – staff will be on site to answer questions before and after the Lottery which will be broadcast live via Zoom to the entire school system.
    During the Lottery process, all applications submitted during the Open Enrollment Window will have equal opportunity in the drawing. After capacity is reached, a Waitlist will be formed for each grade with the remaining applicants.
During the Lottery Drawing process, all applications submitted during the Open Enrollment Window will have an equal opportunity in the drawing. After capacity is reached, a waitlist will be formed for each grade with the remaining applicants. An email will be sent to those selected during the Lottery Drawing within two weeks from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The email will contain instructions regarding the enrollment process. It is imperative the instructions are followed precisely.

 

OPEN HOUSES

Open Houses provide an opportunity for families to explore the campus, meet students and staff, and attend a presentation which will highlight up-to-date information regarding the school's programs. 

Seminole Science School will be conducting Open Houses for the 2023-2024 school year both in-person and online via a virtual tour located on our website.

 

IN-PERSON OPEN HOUSE

 

Seminole Science does not currently have any Open Houses slated.

 

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

 

Prior to attending a physical Open House, or if you are interested in online tours only, you may peruse our Virtual Open House at your leisure via the following LINK

IMPORTANT: We have implemented a new Online Application process that encompasses our entire school system. In this new format you will see contact information for Seminole Science School and also our other system schools of Orlando Science Charter School and Osceola Science Charter School. Please disregard the information for the other system schools if you are only interested in applying to Seminole Science School.

If, however, you are wanting to apply to more than one school in our system (e.g. Seminole Science AND Orlando Science) you may do so very easily by putting one as your First School of Choice and the other as your Second School of Choice within one Online Application. Your student will then be included in the Lottery Drawing/Waitlist for the selected schools according to the choice order submitted.

 

ADMISSION POLICY

 

Seminole Science School is open to any student who is eligible to attend traditional Seminole County Public Schools, a Seminole County resident and submits a timely application. The school will admit students of any race, color, national origin, religion, or gender.

The deadlines for Open Enrollment, Online Applications, Lottery Date, and Open Houses will be publicly announced on the school website and available through the front office.

If the school receives more applications than the available spots, a Lottery will be held.

As provided for in Florida’s Charter School Legislation, the school will give enrollment priority to the following student populations:

- Students who are siblings of a student currently enrolled in the school,

- Students who are the children of an employee or governing Board Member of the school

- If students in these categories exceed vacancies, a Lottery will be held.

If students in these categories exceed vacancies, a Lottery will be held.

Students with an active or pending expulsion on their record, an expulsion which occurred within the past 12 months, or an expulsion that occurs prior to the start of the application school year are not considered for enrollment at Seminole Science School.

Failure to disclose an expulsion on a student’s application and/or enrollment form violates the Terms and Conditions of the form and will result in immediate dismissal of the application and/or withdrawal of the student.

If a student is offered enrollment, and they have an expulsion on record which occurred within the past 3 years, documentation of the expulsion will be required for review by the campus administration prior to finalizing the enrollment. Additional disciplinary documentation may also be requested to support the final enrollment determination.

 

OPEN APPLICATION WINDOW & ONLINE APPLICATION

 

Seminole Science School is accepting applications for Kindergarten through 8th Grade for the 2023-2024 school year.

Online Applications received during the Open Application Window will be included in the Lottery Drawing. Online Applications received following the Open Application Window will be added to the end of the Waitlist in the order in which they are received.

Upon successful completion of the Online Application, you will receive an on-screen confirmation, as well as an email confirmation. You will also be able to revisit your account Dashboard at any time to view your submissions. If you do not receive confirmation, please check your Spam folder or try to resubmit using a different browser or device. No further communication will be sent until a spot comes available for your student.

Duplicate entries are removed prior to the Lottery Drawing process ensuring each student only has one application being considered during the drawing.

 

Please Note: Online Applications remain valid only for the school year for which they were submitted. If your student is not drawn in the Lottery, or selected from the Waitlist, please remember to resubmit an Online Application for the following school year when it comes available in the Fall.

 

AGE REQUIREMENT

 

Incoming Kindergarten and Grade 1 students must meet the minimum age requirements as specified in Florida Statute.

 

RESIDENCY

 

Students who currently reside in Seminole County will be given priority. Applicants must provide verification of Seminole County residency at the time of enrollment. Exceptions may be made for those in the process of relocating to Seminole County on a case-by-case basis with the deadline to submit verification no later than one month following the Lottery Drawing. 

Please refer to the Controlled Open Application section below for more details.

 

ADMISSION POLICY

 

Seminole Science School is open to any student who is eligible to attend traditional Seminole County Public Schools and submits a timely application. The school will admit students of any race, color, national origin, religion, or gender.

The deadlines for Open Application, Online Applications, Lottery Date, and Open Houses will be publicly announced on the school website and available through the front office.

If the school receives more applications than the available spots, a Lottery will be held.

As provided for in Florida’s Charter School Legislation, the school will give enrollment priority to the following student populations:

-        Students who are siblings of a student currently enrolled in the school,

-        Students who are the children of an employee or governing Board Member of the school

If students in these categories exceed vacancies, a Lottery will be held.

 

WAITLIST POLICY

 

Students who are not drawn in the Lottery will remain on the Waitlist. Any positions that open following the Lottery will be offered first to waiting Siblings then to students on the Standard Waitlist.

The number of students on the Waitlist varies from grade to grade and year to year based on the movement of existing students and capacity changes. If an Online Application was submitted during the Open Application Window, the student’s waitlist position will be provided by email via a unique link which can be accessed at any time to view future changes in position. Waitlist positions for applications submitted outside the Open Application window are available upon request.

 

SIBLING POLICY

 

The Sibling Policy is strictly reserved for siblings. Extended family members, friends, etc. do not qualify for Sibling preference. The only exception is in instances of Educational or Legal Guardianship being awarded to the parent of an existing student for a student who is not a sibling.

Existing Students

- For students currently enrolled with Seminole Science School, should the family wish for another sibling to begin attending the school, they provide that information on the annual Re-Enrollment form and complete the Online Application for the new student. Open seats will be offered first to waiting siblings, then to students on the Standard Waitlist.

New Enrollees

- For students who have been drawn in the Lottery or pulled from the Waitlist, they will have the opportunity to request their sibling be placed on the Sibling Waitlist for their respective grade.

While we would like to enroll all siblings at the same time, it is sometimes not immediately possible due to capacity restrictions for each grade.

 

 CONTROLLED OPEN ENROLLMENT

 

Seminole Science Charter School has implemented a Controlled Open Enrollment Plan as of the 2017-2018 school year in compliance with State regulations. The school will allow a parent from any school district in the state, whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension, to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to our school provided that we have not yet reached capacity, subject to the maximum class size which is mandated by the State of Florida. The school would be considered ‘not at capacity’ if all in-county applicants have been offered a spot but vacancies still remain. At that point, out-of-county applicants would be contacted.

Transportation service is not currently available. Students who currently attend Seminole Science Charter School  and move out-of-county will have the option of remaining enrolled as Transfer students.

Transfers will remain in effect unless:

  1. the student is excessively tardy or absent as per Seminole County policy
  2. parents are excessively late picking students up from the After School Care Program
  3. the student is referred for disciplinary action

If any of these occur, the student will be withdrawn.

 

SEAT AVAILABILITY FOR 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR

 

Below is the seat availability by grade level for the current school year. The majority of the school’s vacancies are filled during the annual lottery drawing held each January. Interested families are encouraged to submit an online application in order to have their student added to the Waitlist for any potential future openings and to be included in the lottery drawing.

Updates to the table are made every 12 weeks.

 
GRADE AVAILABLE SEATS
K 0
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8
0

 

Updated: 12/6/2023

 

RE-ENROLLMENT

 

Once a student has gained admission to Seminole Science School, they are not required to complete Online Applications or Lottery procedures for each following year. Existing students receive a Re-Enrollment form on which they indicate whether they intend to return for the following school year.

Students who specify on their Re-Enrollment form that they intend to return will be saved a seat.

Students who withdraw from the school are required to reapply and go through the Lottery and Waitlist process to try and gain readmission.

Transportation service is not available. It is parent based.

Questions?

 

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