Admissions 2017 - 2018
Please refer to the 2017 - 2018 Admissions Overview for
CSAS & CSLA
Step One: Information Meetings at EACH
CSAS, September 15 & 20, 6 PM,
CSLA, September 13 & 22, 6 PM, school
interested in their rising Kindergarten student
attending CSAS or CSLA in 2017-2018. Must be a
resident of Hamilton County.
Beginning this fall, CSAS and CSLA are
adjusting the timeline for kindergarten applicants wishing to enter
during the 2017-2018 school year. The three
required steps are still key to acceptance, but the order in which
they occur has changed. Families must attend the
3 steps at the school they hope to attend. If they are willing to
attend either school, they must complete the steps at BOTH CSAS and
nformation Meetings (above) - At this overview of the Paideia
philosophy, the school curriculum, and school citizenship
expectations, all interested families with a child eligible for
school 2017-2018 will receive a lottery application. The
applications will be completed and turned in following the
Drawing - September 30, live streaming from HCDE Board
Each completed lottery application will
be drawn and numbered according to their order as selected from the
drawing. This forms the waiting list for entry year
& Seminar - Parents of applicants drawn numbers #1- #75 must
attend a school tour AND Socratic Seminar in order for the child to
qualify for admissions for the upcoming year. Application to both
CSAS and CSLA require meeting these requirements at both campuses.
All steps of the admissions process must be completed, as the
lottery alone does not guarantee enrollment. Numbers above #75 in
the lottery will not be eligible for a space 2017-2018, but they
will form the lottery admission list for future admission
eligibility, grades 1 and above.
School Tours* - October 20, 27, 28, 10AM
Socratic Seminar* - November 10 & 15, 6 PM
Tours* - October 18 & 27, 9:30 and 10:30
School Seminar* - November 10 & 14, 6 PM
*Sign-ups for these events will be
online. Link available on the schools' websites following the
Successful completion of both after-lottery steps will make the
student eligible for admission as space is available (siblings and
children of staff are pre-admitted). Final acceptance numbers,
beginning with applicant #1, will be notified of admission by
January 15, 2017.
ADMISSIONS - GRADE 1 - 11
Applications for grades 1-11 are accepted throughout the
school year and are processed upon receipt. If
applying for 1st - 5rd grade 2017 - 2018, you must submit both
applications (CSAS & CSLA) if you want your child(ren) to be
considered for both schools.
These applications are available in the CSAS admissions office.
Date, time and year of receipt of application determine placement
in the applicant pool for all grades. Following the placement of
children of full-time CSAS faculty and staff members, those in the
applicant pool are admitted for enrollment on a space available
basis at the beginning of each school year. This includes
applicants who qualify for sibling preference. Applications from
students residing in Hamilton County have priority over
out-of-county or out-of-state applicants.
Families who have not fulfilled their volunteer commitment in
any of the Hamilton County magnet schools will not be eligible for
enrollment at CSAS. Sibling admission is dependent upon
satisfactory completion of the parent involvement commitment.
Sibling preference is honored if an older sibling is enrolled and
in good standing for the upcoming school year. Siblings of
graduating seniors do not qualify for sibling preference. CSAS
admits students on a first-come, first-served basis.
- 1st - 5th grade CSAS
- 1st - 5th grade CSLA
Grades 6-8 (at both schools)
- Grades 9-11 (at CSAS)
For more information, contact Laura Jetton at
ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION
Any resident of Hamilton County whose child will be entering
kindergarten (must be five years old on or before August 15th) is
eligible to submit an application. CSAS serves grades K-12.
Students interested in applying for grades 9-11 at CSAS must
contact the admissions office or one of the guidance counselors to
discuss graduation requirements. Students applying for 10th and
11th grades must also supply an official transcript showing that
they have sufficient credits to permit admission to the grade for
which an application has been submitted. Applications for grades
1-11 will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis and are
available year-round in the main office of the school. Applicants
will be added to the existing applicant pool for the grade to which
they apply, sequenced by the date and time of application.
TUITION & TRANSPORTATION
CSAS is a public school. While there is no tuition for students
living in Hamilton County, there is an activity fee which covers
materials unique to the program, such as science laboratory logs,
supplemental educational materials, mailing costs for parent
newsletters, conferences, appointment letters, etc. Each year fees
are set and approved by the Hamilton County Board of Education.
Tuition is charged in accordance with school board policy. Students
who live outside Hamilton County pay a tuition fee. Current tuition
charges can be obtained by calling (423)209-8701. Bus
transportation is available for students from a number of central
locations. It will be necessary for parents to make arrangements to
drop off or pick up students at those locations.
We consider the following criteria in the student admission
- The willingness of parents/guardians to actively participate in
the educational experience of their children by completing at
least eighteen hours of volunteer time per year. Parental
involvement is key in helping insure the child(ren)'s academic and
behavioral success. Parents of all students must also attend two
parent/teacher conferences per year. Parents with scheduling
conflicts must make arrangements to make up the conference within
two weeks of the original conference date.
- The commitment of the student to undertake the demands of the
curriculum to the best of his/her potential.
- Applications for grades 1-11 are available throughout the year
in the main CSAS office.
- After an application has been processed, the admissions office
will contact the applicant's family to set up a required admissions
conference. Admissions conferences in grades with particularly long
applicant pools may not be held in the same year in which the
application is received.
- Siblings applying to grades other than kindergarten or
applicants who have become siblings will receive sibling preference
by being placed at the top of the list by date and time of
application for the year that they apply (or applied). We do not
and have never put siblings ahead of applicants who applied prior
- Transfers will not be allowed between magnet schools. Once a
parent has confirmed acceptance at a magnet school, the decision is
final. After accepting placement and reporting to the school,
students will be expected to continue in their chosen magnet school
through the end of the current school year. Students may apply to
another magnet school for the following year if they so
- If a student is unable to progress to the grade level for which
he/she was accepted, he/she will have to attend his/her zone school
and an eligible student will be selected to fill the slot. The
application will be adjusted to the correct grade level waiting
list according to the date received.