Open enrollment for the 2023-24 school year is Jan. 15-April 1, 2023. Please read below for details about our enrollment process. NOTE: Open enrollment is only for students seeking to enroll for the first time at FGCS. Current FGCS students are not required to re-enroll for subsequent school years.
Enrollment Process and Policy
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Who May Enroll - Eligible Students FGCS serves students in 1st-8th grades. Our enrollment policy, dictated by state law, gives first priority to students residing within the Forest Grove School District. We also give priority to siblings of current FGCS students but this priority does not guarantee that a student will receive a spot and parents must still complete the enrollment process. Students residing outside the District may apply for enrollment and be admitted if spaces are available after all interested District applicants have enrolled.
District Residence Parents who indicate that they reside within the Forest Grove School District may be asked to provide proof of address if their student's address cannot be verified through Synergy, the student information system. Students who have previously been enrolled in private, online or home school may not be listed in Synergy. Parents will be notified if proof of residence is required.
First Grade Enrollment Students must have successfully completed kindergarten or be six years old by Sept. 1 to enroll in first grade. Research strongly suggests that students who will be six years old by Sept. 1 but who have not completed kindergarten will struggle with first-grade curriculum. Kindergarten provides a strong basis in literacy and numeracy that are essential for success in first grade, so we strongly recommend that all students complete a kindergarten program before enrolling in first grade.
Lottery If there are more applicants than spaces available at any grade, state law requires that admission be determined by lottery. The lottery for the 2023-24 school year will take place via Zoom at 12 p.m. Fri., April 14, 2023. A link to view the lottery on Zoom will be emailed to parents whose students will be part of the lottery. Contact Karen Torry at email@example.com if you d0 not receive this link. Important Note About Sibling Applicants: State law allows FGCS to give priority for admission to siblings of currently enrolled students, but this priority applies ONLY during the open enrollment period January 15-April 1, 2023. Sibling applications submitted after the April 1 deadline do not receive priority, but will be placed on wait lists the same as other applicants. Siblings of current students are NOT guaranteed a spot, even if they apply during open enrollment, because there may be more sibling applications than there are spaces available; in that case, a separate sibling lottery will be held.
Two wait lists for each grade will be established for those who do not receive a place during the lottery: one for students who reside inside the Forest Grove School District (see above for information about verifying residence) and one for those who reside outside the District. Position on the wait list is determined during the initial lottery process for applications received by 3:30 p.m. April 1, 2023. Spaces will be offered to all students on the in-district wait list before spaces are offered to students on the out-of-district wait list.
Students who apply for enrollment after the April 1, 2023 deadline will be placed on the list based upon date of application. Applicants will be notified of their position on the wait list and spaces will be filled in numerical order from the list. Wait lists are maintained until the end of the relevant school year; they do not carry over from year to year.
Fall 2023 Registration: Please be aware that being offered a space at FGCS does not finalize your child's enrollment. Parents must confirm their intent to enroll by phone or email, and must fill out and turn in registration paper work before school begins (a deadline will be listed on registration papers made available over the summer). Failure to submit registration paperwork by the deadline will result in your child's space being forfeited.
No student or applicant for enrollment as a student at Forest Grove Community School shall be discriminated against in any educational program or activity on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability, income level, proficiency in the English language or athletic ability. Enrollment of any student receiving special education services pursuant to an Individual Education Plan must be approved by the student’s IEP team.