Frequently Asked Questions
about the application process
Who can apply to Amani Public Charter School?
Amani is accepting applications from families whose scholars will be eligible for fifth, sixth and seventh grade during the 2018-19 school year.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is 5:00 PM on Monday, April 2, 2018. After that time, you can still apply and your application will be added to our waiting list.
How many children will be admitted?
There are approximately 90 open seats for grade 5, and a smaller number for grades 6 and 7.
When will the lottery happen?
If there are more applicants than available seats, then an open lottery will be held at the school on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM. Amani is located at 60 South 3rd Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. You are welcome to attend, but you do not need to be present to be selected.
Why is a lottery necessary?
Charter schools are public schools, so admission is not based on subjective criteria. Any child who is a resident of New York State, and who is entering the appropriate grade, is eligible to apply to a charter school. However, charter schools may only accept (offer a seat to) a certain number of applicants. When there are more applicants than there are available seats, it becomes necessary to hold a lottery. The lottery randomly determines which of the applicants will be offered seats; the remaining applicants will be placed on the school’s waitlist.
Does your lottery offer preferences?
Absolute admission preference will be granted in the following manner:
- First preference will be given to returning students, who are automatically assigned a space at Amani.
- Second preference will be given to siblings of students already enrolled in Amani.
- Third preference will be given to applicants whose guardians are full time Amani Public Charter School employees.
- Fourth preference will be given to students who reside in Mount Vernon, New York.
- Any remaining slots will be made available to applicants residing outside Mount Vernon.
How does sibling preference work?
Preference is given to the sibling of a current/ newly admitted scholar who lives in the same household and/or shares the same legal guardian as a returning Amani Scholar. Our hope is to keep siblings and families together but we are bound by the parameters of our school space. Qualifying for sibling preference does not guarantee that the applying sibling will be offered a seat. The sibling must still apply separately for a seat at Amani.
How does Amani define a sibling?
For the purpose of our lottery, scholars are considered siblings if they share a legal parent, foster parent or guardian.
As proof, we can accept:
- Blood relation (evidenced by a valid birth certificate)
- Legal adoption (evidenced by valid court documents)
- Legal marriage (resulting in a step-child, evidenced by a valid marriage certificate)
- Legal guardianship or foster parentage (evidenced by valid court documents)
What happens after the lottery?
Following the lottery, all applicants will be notified of their status via mail. Applicants who have been offered a seat will be required to complete an Intent to Enroll Form and to complete additional registration materials by specified deadlines. Applicants who have been placed on the waitlist will be notified in the event that a seat becomes available, and will be given the opportunity to accept an offer of enrollment.
It's August, and I have not received notification that my child has been accepted. Is there still a chance they will be called from the waitlist?
Yes. Waitlist positions can often change as other families make decisions. Your child's application remains on the waitlist for the duration of the enrollment cycle, which extends into October.
If my child is not selected from the waitlist do I need to re-apply next year?
Yes. Applications do not roll over. New application forms are made available each January.
The Amani Public Charter School shall not discriminate against or limit the admission of any student on any unlawful basis, including on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, race, creed, national origin, religion or ancestry. The Amani Public Charter School will not require any action by a student or family (such as an admissions test, interview, essay, attendance at an information session, etc.) in order for an applicant to either receive or submit an application for admission to the school.