• OPEN ENROLLMENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Interested in applying to CSAT for the 2021-2022 School Year? You've come to the right place!  
     
    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 2021-2022 school year?

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    Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are available at the Family Support Center or online at csat-k12.org/enrollment (can also be found under "About Us" --> "Enrollment"). 
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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. 
     
    If the applicant has sibling(s) who currently attend CSAT, you will be asked to submit their birth certificate for verification.
     
    If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), you will be asked to submit the first page of the IEP with the application.
     
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  • How do I submit an application?

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    You can complete the online enrollment application 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 2021-2022 school year must be five years old on or before December 1, 2021.

     

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  • If my child is on the waitlist for this current year (2020-21), do I have to re-apply for 2021-2022?

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    YES! Applications from previous years do not roll over into the following school year. All 2020-2021 applicants MUST reapply if they are interested in enrollment for 2021-2022.

     

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  • How does the Open Enrollment process work?

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    Applications received by the April 1, 2021 deadline will be included in CSAT's Enrollment Lottery being held on April 12, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.
     
    Applicants receive “preference” in the lottery for the following criteria:
    • Residing in the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District (1 point). Proof of residence is required.
    • Having one or more sibling(s) currently enrolled in CSAT (1 point). The applicant's Birth Certificate is required.
    • Having a parent or legal guardian who is an employee of CSAT (1 point).
    • Holding an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)/receive Special Education Services (Consultant Teacher, Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, etc.) (1 point) The first page of the applicant’s IEP is required.
    • English as a New Language (ENL) student (2 points). The applicant’s home language must be provided on the application.
     
     
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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 April 1, 2021 deadline will be entered into the lottery slated for April 12, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. Applicants in each point preference group are randomly selected and enrollment openings in each grade level are filled first. The remaining applicants are placed onto that grade level's 2021-2022 waitlist in the order in which they are selected. 
     
    Applicants with a 6-point preference are selected first, then 5-point preference, then 4-point preference, then 3-point preference, then 2-point preference, followed by those with a 1-point preference, and then finally, applicants with no preference are randomly selected.
     
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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 2021-2022. 
    2) How many applications CSAT receives for that grade level.
    3) If your child has one or more enrollment preference points.
     
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  • How will I be notified if my child was chosen for enrollment?

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    Students accepted in the lottery will be notified by automated phone message and/or email message immediately following the lottery. All applicants included in the lottery will be notified by mail in the days following the event if they have been selected for enrollment or placed on the waitlist (including their number on the waitlist.) 
     
    Future notification of acceptance (acceptance after the initial results of the lottery) is made by phone call and/or email only (no letters.) It is imperative that you inform the Enrollment Office at (716) 871-7400, ext. 4120 of any changes to your phone/email contact information.
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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 (November 1, 2020 - April 1, 2021), however they are placed at the end of the waitlist in the order that they are received. 
     
    Please note that preferences are only given for applications received during Open Enrollment -- there are no preferences given after the Open Enrollment period has ended (April 1, 2021).
     
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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 openings become available at each grade level, offers are made to the next student on the waitlist. You will be notified by telephone and/or email 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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  • How can I tour or visit the school?

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    All applicants are encouraged to attend one of our Virtual Open Houses slated for March 2020. If you missed the meetings, recordings can be viewed on our website at our Open House page. 

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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 ENL 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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