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Hillsdale Preparatory School encourages every family with a desire for a higher-quality learning experience to enroll their children for the upcoming semesters. In order to facilitate that process, we have a number of requirements and set policies concerning all potential students, which are addressed below. We encourage you to review them then contact us to discuss and explore any questions and put your child on the path to academic and personal achievement. 

Requirements:

  • Section 504 of the Revised School Code states that public schools shall neither charge tuition nor discriminate in pupil admissions policies or practices on the basis of intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, status as a handicapped person, or any other basis that would be illegal if used by a Michigan public school district. 
  • School enrollment shall be open to all individuals who reside in the state of Michigan. A public school shall not enroll a pupil who is not a Michigan resident - with the exception of foreign exchange students who are not citizens of the United States. 
  • School admissions may be limited to pupils within a particular age range/grade level, or on any other basis that would be legal if used by a Michigan public school district.
  • No student may be denied participation in the application process due to lack of student records.

Application Process:

  • The school shall accept applications all year. If openings occur during the academic year, students shall be enrolled. If openings do not exist, applicants shall be placed on the official waiting list. The waiting list shall cease to exist at the beginning of the next application period.
  • In the event there are openings in the class for which students have applied, students shall be admitted according to the official waiting list. The position on the waiting list shall be determined by the random selection drawing. If there is no waiting list, students shall be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The school, being an equal-opportunity, educational institution, shall be committed to good-faith affirmative action efforts to seek out, create, and serve a diverse student body. 

Re-enrollment for Students: 

  • The school shall allow any pupil who was enrolled in the immediately-preceding academic year to re-enroll in the appropriate age range/grade level unless that grade is not offered. 
  • The school shall notify parents or guardians of all enrolled students of the deadline for notifying the school that they wish to re-enroll their child.
  • An enrolled student who does not re-enroll by the specified date can only apply to the school during the application period for new students. 
  • An applicant on the waiting list at the time a new application period begins must reapply as a new student.
  • After collecting the parent or guardian responses, the school must determine the following: 
    • The number of students who have re-enrolled per grade or grouping level.
    • The number of siblings seeking admission for the upcoming academic year per grade.
    • The number of spaces remaining, per grade, after enrollment of current students and siblings

Siblings:

  • According to our charter, continuing students shall have first priority and parents must complete an “Intent to Enroll” form for re-enrollment. Siblings shall have preference. Enrollment for siblings depends on space and availability. Spaces remaining shall be filled by a lottery during April of each school year. Any prospective student not enrolled may remain in the lottery, but parents must fill out a new application each year
  • The School Board may establish a policy providing enrollment priority to siblings of currently-enrolled pupils. However, the School Board may not provide a preference to children of Board members or school employees.
  • If the school board has a sibling preference policy, the re-enrollment notice must also request that the parent or guardian indicate whether a sibling(s) seeks to enroll for the upcoming academic year.
  • If space is unavailable, the school must develop a waiting list for siblings of re-enrolled students.

Random Selection Drawing

  • If the school receives more applications for enrollment than there are spaces available, pupils shall be selected for enrollment through a random selection drawing.
  • The school shall notify applicants not chosen in the random selection drawing that they were not selected and that their name has been placed on the school’s official waiting list to be called if any openings occur during the academic year. Students shall appear on the official waiting list in the order they were selected in the random selection drawing.

Lunch Guidelines:

The lunch program of Hillsdale Preparatory is structured around our 8 character pillars. Students are held to high expectations. Students are to use a quiet voice, learn to take turns speaking, and not talk over other students. Students are to remain seated at all times. Student helpers will assist children who are raising their hand. Students are encouraged to bring a nutritious lunch and soft drinks are not allowed.

School Uniforms:

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If you have further questions concerning enrollment at the Hillsdale Preparatory School, please contact us at (517) 437-4625. We’ll be happy to discuss any queries you have in greater detail.