Application and Lottery Information
The Seacoast Charter School is a public school for students in grades K-8. There is no tuition for grades 1–8: Like other public schools, Seacoast Charter School is free for students who are New Hampshire residents.
Pre-K: $435 (half day M-TR), $465 (half day M-F) per month, $535 (full day M-TR), or $575 (full day M-F) due the 15th of each month beginning in August, and ending in May. These are new rates for the 2018-19 school year. There is a non-refundable deposit of one month’s tuition due at time of enrollment to hold your child’s spot. *Please note: Because our pre-K program is completely tuition-based, and grades K–8 are public and funded by the State of New Hampshire, you will need to submit an application for kindergarten the following year to be entered into the lottery. The sibling rule still applies.
Kindergarten: $200 per month, due the 15th of each month beginning in August, and ending in May. This rate is subject to change for the 2018–19 school year. There is a $100 non-refundable registration fee/deposit due at time of enrollment.
School visits: Parents of potential students are encouraged to attend a Spotlight on Learning Tour. Parents of accepted students are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with our Head of School, Peter Sweet.
Applications: Please apply online on our website here. Applications for the lottery will be accepted until February 28, 2018.
Out of state students: Each out-of-state student who attends will pay tuition of $7,500.
Lottery time and place: The lottery for the 2018-19 school year will be held on Wednesday, March 14th at 10:00 AM (school personnel only), in the office at the Seacoast Charter School (171 Watson Road, Dover, NH).
Intent to Return: In order to reserve a spot for the following year, all current students who will be continuing at the Seacoast Charter School must submit an “Intent to Return” form by Friday, February 16, 2018. If a student withdraws from SCS and subsequently wishes to return, the student will be considered a new student for admissions purposes and may be subject to the lottery, depending on vacancies.
Siblings of admitted students and children of employees: All siblings of admitted students and all children of employees of SCS who have completed applications by February 16, 2018, will be placed prior to holding the lottery. (If there are more students than there are places, a “sibling/staff lottery” will be held. These students’ names will be drawn and be placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are drawn.)
Applicants: All names of remaining students who have submitted completed applications will be written on index cards and placed in a container. (Students who are applying with their siblings will have this information marked on their card.)
Drawing: As each name is drawn, the student will be admitted or placed on the waiting list, according to the criteria outlined above.
Admitted students: If a student meets the criteria outlined above, he or she is conditionally admitted to SCS. An acceptance phone call and e-mail will be sent within the next week.
Siblings of admitted students: When a student is admitted, the student’s siblings’ names are automatically drawn. If there is space, the siblings are admitted as well. If not, they will be placed on the waitlist.
Intent to Attend: Parents of admitted students need to respond with a completed “Intent to Attend” form by April 20th, 2018, to hold the space for their child. Sending districts will be notified at this time so they can plan for the following year.
Waitlisted students: If there is no longer space available, the student will be placed on the waitlist in the order that his or her name was drawn. If an opening occurs in a given grade, students on the waitlist will be contacted according to their order on the waitlist. Students on the waitlist who opt out of enrolling when space is available automatically surrender their spot on the list.
Students who apply to SCS after the lottery date will be conditionally admitted only if space is available and they meet the appropriate criteria outlined above. If space is not available, they will be placed on the waitlist in the order that their completed application is received. If a student’s application is received after the start of the school year, s/he will be admitted if there is space available. If there is no space available, the student will be placed on the waitlist. The student’s name will not, however, be carried over to the waitlist for the next school year. In order to be admitted for the following year, the student’s name must be entered into the lottery along with any other applicants. Parents must notify the school by February 15, of their intent to re-apply. After the lottery, parents must notify the school of their Intent to Attend within 48 hours.
Students with Individual Education Plans: Parents of students who are on IEPs will need to set up a meeting with the sending school, SCS, and themselves to determine if SCS is the right placement for their child.
Entrance age policy:
- A pupil may enter kindergarten if his or her chronological age will be five (5) on or before September 30 of the year of entering school.
- A birth certificate must be presented upon registration.
- Incoming transfer students will be initially placed in accordance with the information forwarded by the sending district. Such placement is tentative and subject to reassignment by the Head of School.
- Incoming transfer students in kindergarten who arrive after the close of the first marking period will be initially admitted to kindergarten if their chronological age will be five (5) before December 31st of the year of entering school, if previously enrolled in kindergarten in another community and attending local schools only on a temporary basis (ten months or less). Such placement is tentative and subject to reassignment by the Head of School.