• OPEN ENROLLMENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Interested in applying to CSAT for the 2019-2020 School Year? You've come to the right place! 
     
    The Open Enrollment period for 2019-2020 is now closed. Applications received after April 1 at noon will be placed on our wait list.
     
    CSAT has created a FAQ's guide to help you better understand the enrollment application process.
     
    If you have additional questions, contact Enrollment Coordinator Susan Bilquin.
    Phone: (716) 871-7400 ext. 4120
    Fax: (716) 871-5925
  • When can I submit an application for the 2019-2020 school year?

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    Applications for 2019-2020 are available at the Family Support Center or online at csat-k12.org/openenrollment (can also be found under "District" --> "Enrollment")
     
    The application deadline will be April 1, 2019 at noon to be included in the Enrollment Lottery for 2019-2020. 
     
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  • What information is needed to complete an application?

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    The enrollment application is a one-page form that asks basic information about your child, and must be completed in its entirety.
     
    Proof of residence may also be needed, but only if you live in the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District. This could be a mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement, utility bill showing the service address, property tax bill, etc. 
     
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  • How do I submit an application?

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    You can complete the online enrollment application (available on December 3, 2018) and submit it electronically, or you can complete a traditional paper application and submit it in one of the following ways:
     
     - Hand-deliver to the Enrollment Office. 
     - Mail to Enrollment Office via USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.
     - Email to Susan Bilquin at sbilquin@csat-k12.org.
     - Fax to (716) 871-5925

    Enrollment Office Address
    317 Vulcan Street
    Buffalo, NY 14207 
    Office hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday (unless school is closed for holiday recess, emergency closing, etc.). 

    **Please note that a receipt of application submission for paper applications will only be given if
    the application is submitted in person; receipts will not be mailed.** 
     
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  • What are the age guidelines for Kindergarten applicants?

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    Students entering Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year must be five years old on or before December 1, 2019.

     

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  • If my child is on the waitlist for this current year (2018-2019), do I have to re-apply for 2019-20?

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    YES! Applications from previous years do not roll over into the following school year. All 2018-2019 applicants MUST reapply if they are interested in enrollment for 2019-2020.

     

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  • How does the Open Enrollment process work?

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    Applications received by the 12:00 noon April 1, 2019 deadline will be included in CSAT's Enrollment Lottery on April 4, 2019.
     
    Applicants who:
     
    1) Reside in the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District -OR-
    2) Have one or more sibling(s) currently enrolled in CSAT -OR-
    3) Have a parent or legal guardian who is an employee of CSAT
     
    are given a 1-point preference in the lottery. If an applicant meets two of the above criteria, they receive a 2-point preference. If an applicant meets all three of the above criteria, they receive a 3-point preference. 
     
    "Ken-Ton Preference"
    Since CSAT is located within the boundaries of the Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District, applicants who reside in that district are placed in a preferential lottery. Proof of residence is required upon submission of application. 
     
    "Sibling Preference"
     Applicants who currently have one or more siblings attending CSAT are placed in a preferential lottery. Siblings are defined as students who share a legal guardian. The full name and current grade of the sibling(s) must be provided on the application.
     
    "CSAT Staff Preference"
    Applicants who have a parent or legal guardian employed at CSAT are placed in a preferential lottery.
     
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  • What is the Enrollment Lottery?

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    By law, charter schools' enrollment population is completed through a random lottery system.
     
    Completed applications received by the 12:00 noon April 1, 2019 deadline will be entered into the lottery drawing and pulled by a third party on April 4, 2019. If there are enrollment openings for the grade being pulled, those spots are filled first and remaining applicants are placed in the order in which they are drawn onto the 2019-20 waitlist.
     
    Applicants with a 3-point preference are drawn first, then 2-point preference, followed by those with a 1-point preference, and then finally, applicants with no preference are drawn.
     
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  • If one of my children is selected through the lottery, does that mean all of my children can attend?

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    Only the child(ren) chosen in the lottery is/are offered enrollment. However, in subsequent years, your other children would be given Sibling Preference in the lottery if their applications are received by the lottery deadline.

     

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  • Do I need to fill out a separate application for each child I wish to enroll?

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    Yes. Each child needs their own, individual application to be eligible for the lottery and admission.

     

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  • What are my child's chances of getting in?

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    This is an impossible question to answer with 100 percent certainty as it depends on many factors.
     
    1) How many openings there will be in 2019-20. 
    2) How many applications CSAT receives for that grade level.
    3) If your child has a sibling enrolled at CSAT, resides in Ken-Ton, and/or has a parent or legal guardian employed at CSAT.
     
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  • How will I be notified if my child was chosen for enrollment?

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    All applicants included in the lottery will be notified by mail in the days following the event (April 4, 2019) if they have been selected for enrollment or placed on the waitlist (including their number on the waitlist).
     
    After the lottery has taken place, the Enrollment Office will only call the phone number listed on the application to offer enrollment. Therefore, it is imperative that you inform the Enrollment Office of any changes to your contact information: 710-3068.
     
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  • Once the lottery has taken place, is it too late to apply?

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    Applications may be submitted after Open Enrollment (Dec. 3, 2018 - April 1, 2019), however they are placed at the end of the waitlist in the order that they are received. 
     
    Please note that the Ken-Ton, sibling, and/or CSAT staff preferences are only given for applications received during Open Enrollment -- there are no preferences given after the Open Enrollment period has ended (April 1, 2019 at 12:00 noon).
     
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  • My child is 5th on the waitlist. What happens now?

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    Not all students who are offered placement at CSAT accept the offer. The waitlist remains in place for the entire school year. As positions become available at each grade level, offers are made to the next student on the waitlist. It is possible that even with a lower number on the waiting list, your child may still be offered placement. You will be notified by telephone if an opening becomes available for your child. Please keep in mind that applications from previous years do not roll over into the following school year. If your child is still on the waitlist, you must re-apply if you want your child to be considered for the next year.

     

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  • Are there any admission requirements to attend CSAT?

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    There are no admission requirements to attend CSAT, or any charter school. There are no entrance exams and no cost to attend. Additionally, special education and ESL services are offered at CSAT.

     

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  • Do I need to submit an application if my child is a current CSAT student?

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    No, once a child is enrolled at CSAT, no matter the building (grade level), he/she has first priority in enrollment for the following year as long as their Intent to Return form is turned in on time. "Intent to Return" forms are mailed to parents/guardians of current students each January and are due back to the school in February. 

     

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