PLATO ACADEMY SCHOOLS – TARPON SPRINGS APPLICATION PROCESS:
Thank you for your interest in Plato Academy K-8 Charter Schools. Plato Academy Charter Schools are public charter schools that do not charge tuition. Below you will find information about our application process. As demand for a Plato Academy education has increased, we have responded in order to accommodate as many families as possible by increasing our enrollment through the addition of new schools. Please complete an application for each and every location for which you have an interest.
Students will be admitted to Plato Academy Schools regardless of race, gender, religion, or ethnic or national origin. Plato Academy Charter Schools are public charter schools that do not charge tuition. Students that submit completed applications during an open application period will be selected for enrollment either on a first come-first serve basis (when there are more seats than student applications received during the open application period), or through a lottery process (when there are more student applications than seats available during an open application period).
The following students, when eligible*, are provided enrollment preference and are allowed to bypass a lottery if one is held in the following order of priority:
- 1. Students who remain enrolled at the same Plato Academy Charter School from the previous year.
- 2. Applicants who are the children of an employee of the charter school.
- 3. Applicants who are siblings of a student enrolled or accepted in the charter school.
- 4. Applicants who are the children of a member of the governing board of the charter school.
- 5. Applicants who successfully completed the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program provided by Plato Academy during the previous year.
- 6. Pursuant to FL statue 1002.31 students residing in the district will have priority over those residing outside the district.
If there are fewer seats available than there are priority preference applications, a lottery will be conducted among each priority group where there are more applications than seats available, and continued thereafter for each priority group in the order of the preferences above until all preference priority applicants have been assigned a wait list number. Students' names per group will be randomly drawn and numbered sequentially as chosen and recorded in that order. Available seats are filled first and remaining students are placed on a waiting list in the order of their drawing. After any priority lotteries are conducted a general lottery will be conducted. Plato Academy lottery drawings are open to the public and all lottery dates and locations will be posted on the website. Students will be notified of their admission status shortly after the lottery date via e-mail and/or telephone.
* For children of non-founding board members and Plato Academy Voluntary PreKindergarten students priority preferences will not apply until the third year of school operations.