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How do you determine grade placement for a homeschooled student entering public school for the first time?
We place homeschooled children in their age-appropriate grades.  Students must be 5 by September 1st of their kindergarten year to enroll in kindergarten in any public school in Texas.
My niece currently attends ADS in 2nd grade. My son will be going into Kindergarten in 2015. Would he get any type of family preference for enrollment? We're applying next year either way, just wanted to get a jump start on options. I appreciate your help!
I am sorry, but sibling priority does not extend to cousins.
My daughter turns 6 on October 8th. She is doing a kindergarten year at a Montessori now. Can she start ADS in the first grade?
No, state law dicates that she would have to complete 2nd grade in a private school before she can enroll in a public school ahead of her state-mandated grade. She can enroll in kindergarten next year at any public school, including ADS. State law is not flexible on this issue.
Do you enroll students mid-year if there are openings?
Sure! Call to find out more information.
Do you offer "sibling preference"?
If we have an available spot/s for the other sibling/s, yes! If we don't have a spot for a sibling, they move to the top of their grade-level waiting list until we do have a spot for them.
CAN I FAX MY APPLICATION?
Sure! Our FAX number is 512-674-3133.
My son has special needs. Are there any specific slots allotted for special education students in the lottery?
No, there are no slots specifically for students with special needs; all prospective students are treated equally in our annual lottery.
I'd like to schedule some time to tour the school. How/when can I do that?
Please e-mail jjohnson@austindiscoveryschool.org to schedule a tour!
If my child will be attending kindergarten in 2 years, how early can I submit an application?
Submit an application by March 31st of the year in which your child will be in kindergarten. So if s/he will start kindergarten in August 2018, submit your application before March 31, 2018.
Is ADS year round or does it have a schedule similar to local public schools?
Our calendar is similar, but not identical, to those of the surrounding school districts.
Do your students wear uniforms?
No, our students do not wear uniforms to school.
Once a child is a part of ADS, do they have to do the lottery yearly or are they guaranteed an enrollment spot for the following years?
All of our current students are guaranteed spots in the future!
Will all parents be notified if they have been accepted/not accepted for a position?
No. You will hear from us if we have a spot to offer your child!
When are the lottery positions announced?
Lottery is held the first business day in April. We begin offering spots for students who receive spots in the lottery. This process takes typically 2-3 weeks to work through. Parents who have a spot are generally contacted by the end of April.
Hi. What are your school hours? Your school sounds amazing, but we live far away and I am worried about the commute.
Our hours are 7:50-3:05, Monday-Friday.
What if I do not live in the boundary limits during the lottery, but will before the school year starts? Will we still be in the lottery?
Yes, you can be in the lottery. You must live within our geographic boundaries by the first day of school.
If an application is selected during the lottery, and the family choses not enroll will it affect the possibility of enrolling the following year? Can the enrollment be delayed until the following year? For example, putting off kindergarten for a year.
We start each lottery with a "clean slate," so declining a spot one year will not affect your chances the next year. Likewise, if you choose to delay kindergarten for a year, you must reapply for the following year.
Who can attend ADS?
Any child in grade K-8 in the approved geographic boundaries may apply to attend ADS.
How much does ADS cost?
Nothing. ADS is a tuition-free public school.
When can I turn in an application?
You may submit an application at any time. Applications turned in by March 31st will be included in the lottery. Those received after the lottery will be placed in order received on the waiting list.
How old must my child be to attend ADS?
State law requires children entering Kindergarten to be 5 on or before September 1st.
Do you give grades?
No, we do not.