Charter schools plan ‘open enrollment’ for next year

Jan 9th, 2013

LAKE WALES – Open Enrollment for 2013-2014 for the Lake Wales Charter Schools system starts Monday (Jan. 14) and ends Monday, Feb. 4.

Open enrollment is for all new K-12 students.  New students should apply, whether they live in-zone or out-of-zone for the school they wish to attend. Bok Academy middle school (grades 6-8) will hold Open Enrollment at the same time, but applications rules are slightly different for Bok, which doesn’t have a zoned population.

“We especially hope parents with new Kindergarten students will enroll early,” said Superintendent Jesse Jackson. “Our elementary schools need to know how many children to expect, so they can plan the best possible Kindergarten program.”

At each school, applications received by Feb. 4 will be entered into a lottery for seats in the 2013-2014 school year. In-zone students will be eligible for open seats, or a spot on the in-zone waiting list once grade-level space is full.  Out-of-zone students are accepted when space is available, or assigned a waiting list.  Kindergarten classes usually fill up first.

All LWCS schools accept applications throughout the year, but students who apply early – during Jan. 14-Feb. 4 open enrollment – may have an advantage, especially if their names are placed on waiting lists.

Bok Academy applications received by Feb. 4 will be eligible for open seats, or a spot on the waiting list once grade level space is full.

Applications must be sent by U.S. mail or hand-delivered to the school. Emails or faxes are unacceptable. Application forms are available at schools, and on school and LWCS websites (

  • Hillcrest Elementary, 1051 SR 60, Lake Wales, 678-4216
  • Janie Howard Wilson Elementary, 306 Florida Ave., Lake Wales, 678-4211
  • Polk Avenue Elementary, 110 E. Polk Ave., Lake Wales, 678-4244
  • Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary, 815 N. Scenic Hwy., Babson Park, 678-4664
  • Edward W. Bok Academy, 13901 Hwy. 27 South, Lake Wales, 638-1010
  • Lake Wales High, One Highlander Way, Lake Wales, 678-4222

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FILE PHOTO:  Janie Howard Wilson first grader Amiyah Chaffin in fall 2012.

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