Enrollment Policy & Procedures

If interested in enrolling for the 2016-17 school year, please visit the Enrollment and Proof of Residency Requirements page to download an ANCS application and submit following the posted instructions.

2016-2017 enrollment period begins on February 11th & ends on March 14th @ 3pm. Applications will only be accepted during school hours: 7:30am – 3:00pm.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Elementary campus (K-5) 
Kelly Dennis, Student Information Specialist
T 404.624.6226

Middle campus (6-8)
Maria Larson, Student Information Specialist
T 678.904.0051


Enrollment Policy and Procedures

As public schools, charter schools comply with state and federal regulations, and their admissions are open to students in accordance with the school’s charter agreement. The procedures below outline the enrollment process at ANCS.  Please note that the attendance zones listed below are pending approval by the Georgia state board of education of ANCS’s renewed charter agreement slated to go into effect on July 1, 2016. This page will be updated following the February meeting of the state board of education.

  1. Prior to open admission period each year there will be an admission period for returning students and their siblings, children of current full-time employees, and children of current governing board members. Admission forms and information regarding the cut-off date will be sent to the families of all currently enrolled students of the school at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the admission period.  All eligible returning students and their un-enrolled siblings who submit complete admission application forms during the admission period will be registered for the following school year unless there are not enough spaces available in any particular grade or program.  In that case, all returning students who submit complete registrations during the admission period will be registered and the un-enrolled siblings will be enrolled based on a lottery to be held in an open forum on the date stated in the admission information.
  2. Following this initial admission period, there will be an open admission period each year during which time any interested students may submit an admission application. The dates and times for this open admission period shall be established by the school each year and shall end no later than the last day of April for the school year beginning the fall of the same year.
  3. Admission shall be open to any student who resides within the primary attendance zone, which is defined as the neighborhoods of Grant Park and Ormewood Park and Summerhill.
  4. In the event, space remains available at the time of the application deadline set by the school, the attendance zone shall be expanded to include the secondary attendance zone of the remainder of Neighborhood Planning Unit W (NPU-W) and according to the application deadlines set by the school.
  5. In the event space remains available at any grade level at the time of the application deadline set by the school, the attendance zone shall be expanded to include the tertiary attendance zone of the remainder of the Atlanta Public Schools district and according to the application deadlines set by the school.

If you have questions about whether your residence is within the boundaries of the primary or secondary attendance zone, please view this neighborhood and NPU map on the city of Atlanta’s website.

The student’s place of residence must fall within the boundaries of an Atlanta Public School zone. If you have questions about whether your residence is zoned for Atlanta Public Schools, please contact the APS Office of Student Placement at 404-802-2233.

Admission applications for new ANCS students will be available on the ANCS website and in hard copy at each campus.. Completed ANCS Application for Admission forms may be turned in at either campus.

ANCS will accept new applications and enroll new students for the current school year until the 90th day of school or the last day before winter break, which ever occurs first.


Lottery and Waiting List

If a lottery is required after any admission application period, that lottery will be held in an open forum at the time and place listed in the registration materials and/or flyers.  All lotteries will be conducted in a manner that is consistent with Georgia law and that ensures that each eligible student receives an equal chance of being selected.  All names will be selected in each lottery, and the students who are not selected for registration will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which their names were selected.  Once all grades are filled or once the lottery, if necessary, is complete, any additional students who submit an application shall be placed at the end of the cumulative waiting list on a first come, first served basis.

All those applicants selected from the lottery will need to complete residency verification materials to become officially registered at ANCS..  Failure to do so will result in a forfeit of enrollment.  If you are unable to verify the address provided to determine your attendance zone, you will be placed at the bottom of the wait list.

A waiting list will be formed if the number of applicants in the application and enrollment process exceeds the number of available spaces. Students who decline an offer of admission may remain on the waiting list in their present position for a period of 12 months from the date of the original offer of admission. They will be listed as “inactive” on the waiting list and it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian of that student to inform the school, in writing, of their desire to be returned to “active” status on the waiting list. As additional openings arise, enrollment will continue from the active waiting list in the order of applicants’ lottery numbers.

At the beginning of the next year’s application and enrollment process a letter will be sent to all applicants who are still on the waiting list to see if they would like to remain on the waiting list. All applicants who respond affirmatively to this request will retain their place on the waiting list ahead of any new applicants. New applicants who are siblings of current students will maintain their sibling preference.

If at any point in the year the waiting list is depleted and the school determines that it has enrollment openings, then a new application and enrollment period will be declared. This will be announced throughout the city of Atlanta and families will have a one-month period of time in which to complete the requirements for application to the school. In this case, a new lottery would be conducted one week after the close of the application period.


Enrollment Priority Policy

Based on current state law, APS guidelines, the ANCS charter, consideration of past practices and policies at both schools as well as recommendations from both principals the following constitutes the ANCS enrollment priority policy for employees and governing board members:

  • Full time employee is defined as an employee who works more than 50% (at least 20 hours or more) AND qualifies for benefits.
  • Siblings of students enrolled in ANCS are given priority enrollment. Sibling priority is handled as outlined in the charter.
  • Children of full-time employees and of governing board members are given priority enrollment.
  • Employees and governing board members with students currently enrolled at ANCS participate in the pre-enrollment process for current and incoming students outlined in the charter.
  • When a new employee signs a contract their student is enrolled in ANCS if space permits, if space does not permit, the student is placed on the waitlist with waitlist priority standing (defined below).
  • When a governing board member is elected/appointed to the board their student is enrolled in ANCS if the student meets the APS residency requirements and if space permits; if space does not permit, the student is placed on the waitlist with waitlist priority standing (defined below).
  • If an employee contract is terminated, or not renewed, and their student meets the APS residency requirements, the student may remain enrolled at ANCS. However, if the student does not meet the residency requirements, they are no longer eligible for residency exemption and must be withdrawn from ANCS, per state law.
  • If a board member leaves or is removed from the board during their term or once their term is completed, their student may remain enrolled at ANCS as long as the APS residency requirements are met. If the residency requirements are not met, the student is no longer eligible for residency exemption and must be withdrawn from ANCS.

Waitlist priority standing: Siblings, students of full-time employees and students of governing board members are eligible for waitlist priority. This means that these students are placed at the front of the waiting list if the conditions above are met. However, they may not be placed on the waitlist in front of another waitlist priority student. For example, if a sibling is first on the waitlist and a new employee is hired, the employee’s student would be placed on the waitlist behind the sibling student (into position #2). In other words, waitlist priority is first come first serve within the eligible categories of siblings, employee students and governing board students. In the rare chance that two enrollment priority students qualify for waitlist priority at the same time (within 24 hours of one-another) then the campus principal will perform a random lottery drawing to determine which student is placed first and which is placed second on the wait-list.