The Villages Charter School (K-12) operates by a Charter Agreement approved by the Sumter County Board of Education and the Florida State Department of Education. Unlike traditional county schools, our enrollment criteria are based upon one of the parents/guardians/ place of employment rather than geographic address of their home.
Employment is verified on each new applicant, and will be verified on a monthly basis for all enrolled students.
Category I - Direct employee of any business identified as a Villages Company.
Category II - Employee of Business Partners under direct contract with a Villages Company. Sub-Contractors who do not have a direct contract with The Villages do not qualify.
Category III - Employee of Business Partners who lease directly from a Villages Company or who own a permanent business site, from which they operate their business within The Villages.
Category IV - Includes Business Partners who sub-lease a permanent business site within The Villages.
Business Partner status and category assignment are ongoing processes and shall be at the sole discretion of the Enrollment Committee as directed by The Villages Charter School Board of Directors.
Please call the Enrollment Office (352-259-6848) to determine if a business is qualified for enrollment.
Parents who work full-time (40 hours per week) are given priority over parents who work part-time (less than 40 hours per week).
Employment eligibility does not guarantee enrollment. Other factors (such as available enrollment slots and the new student's prior year attendance, discipline and special needs) all considered.
New Enrollment for the 2014-2015 School Year
Open enrollment for new students began on January 20, 2014. Pre-Eligibility Application Packets are available in the Enrollment Office.
Potential new students were placed in mid-June, 2014. We will contact Category 1-Full Time students first then accordingly depending on your category of employment.
Placement is based on the category of employment for the parent. Priority is given to full-time employment versus part-time employment. Also, priority is given to students who have siblings already enrolled in the charter school.
Parents are notified by phone if/when we have a seat for their child. They are given 5 working days to provide the documentation required for enrollment (see list below).
- Birth Certificate
- Immunization Record
- Report Cards
- State Testing Scores
- Transcript for High School Students
- Social Security Card
- Recent Physical
- Additional education documents (Individual Education Plan (IEP), Response to Intervention (RTI), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English Language Learner (ELL), 504 Plan, etc.)
- Court Order Papers (if legal guardian)
- Marriage License (if step-parent is the qualifier or if step-parent will be performing Parent Involvement Time.)
2014-2015 School Year Re-enrollment
The Villages Charter School processes re-enrollment each spring for those students currently enrolled and wishing to return the following fall for the next school year. Dates for re-enrollment will be posted by the Enrollment Office.
All students with Employee/Parents assigned Category 1 Full-Time and Part-Time, Category 2 and Category 3 Full-time will be denoted as Continuous Enrollment will be automatically re-enrolled.
All students with Employee/Parents assigned Category 2 and 3 Part-Time or Category 4 Full-time and Part-Time will be denoted as Annual Enrollment and will annually submit enrollment applications as needed based upon enrollment capacity projections. You will be contacted by the Enrollment Office if a new application is required for your children.
Pre-Enrollment Eligibility Application-One application per household (covers all children in the household).
Authorization for Release of Employment Information-Signature of qualifying parent. This form gives the Enrollment Office permission to verify employment. The form must be notarized.
Proof of Employment-This form is filled out by the employer. It also requires notarization of the supervisor, business owner, or authorized representative. Petition for Continued Enrollment-This form is required when the qualifying parent no longer has qualifying employment. You may “Petition” the school for continued enrollment for short periods of time.
Changes in Employment
It is the Parent/Legal Guardian’s responsibility to notify the Enrollment Office of changes in employment. Employment of the Parent/Legal Guardian is verified on a monthly basis. Our School Board Policy states that upon the loss of qualifying employment, the student is immediately not eligible for enrollment into The Villages Charter School (VCS). If you have not gained new employment, then you may petition the school board for continued enrollment until the end of the “school term”. “School Term” may be the 9-week grading period, the end of the Semester or other natural break in the school calendar.
If you have enrollment questions, please contact Tara Milow, Enrollment Coordinator.
Central Office located within the VCES 4th & 5th Grade Center
Phone: 352-259-6848 Fax: 352-259-3850