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How To Apply at a charter public school with an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

By Vanessa Alessi

If you are interested in enrolling in a charter school, check with the school about the application and enrollment process. Generally, the first step is to turn in a very simple application form. Under state law, if a charter school receives more applications than it has spaces available, the school must hold a blind lottery. 

A child with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) has the right to participate in the lottery or drawing in the same manner as other students. Some schools may request information about your child's IEP at the time of enrollment in order for the school to plan how they will meet your child's needs; however, a school may not refuse to enroll your child based on the existence or contents of the IEP.

If you do not have an IEP for your child, the charter school’s IEP team will collaborate with your family to conduct an assessment and determine the appropriate supports and services for your child.

To learn more, visit our Special Education: Embracing All Students page.