Admissions

Apply to enroll your student

Thank you for your interest in Foundation Academies!

We accept applications for admission once per academic year.

Because the number of applicants always exceeds the number of available spaces in our grades and schools, all student applications are placed into a random admissions lottery.

Admissions

Applications are now closed for the 2021-22 school year

Applications were accepted online from Monday, December 14, 2020, until Sunday, February 28, 2021. We will re-open the online application for the 2022-23 school year in December of 2021.

Apply to Enroll Your Child

How To Apply

To be eligible for the random admissions lottery held annually in March, your application must be completed and submitted by the deadline.

If our staff needs more information for your application, they will contact you using the information from your application. Please make sure that your application has your correct phone number and email address.

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    STEP 1: Submit an Application

    For new students AND siblings of current students: Complete and submit the online application, which is available in English and Spanish.

    • Only ONE application per student will be accepted. Multiple applications do not increase the chances of enrollment, and duplicate applications will be discarded. 
    • All students currently on the Wait List MUST re-apply for the upcoming school year.
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    STEP 2: Before the Lottery

    Once the application period has closed, lottery notification phone calls will begin.

    You will ONLY be notified IF spaces are available for your child’s grade level. If this is the case, you will be provided information to attend the lottery in March. Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant. If there are no spaces available for your child’s grade level, you will NOT be notified.

    • If there are no spaces available for your child’s grade level, your child will be put into the wait list lottery to determine their placement on the wait list. Any applications received AFTER the deadline for the lottery are placed in the order in which they were received, behind those who applied by the deadline.
    • Beginning March 18, 2021, you may log into your SchoolMint account to discover your child’s position on the Wait List. 

    Attendance at the lottery is not mandatory and has no effect on your child’s potential for admission.

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    STEP 3: After the Lottery

    If your child was selected in the lottery:

    You will receive an enrollment packet and will be guided by Foundation Academies staff regarding the next steps required to complete the enrollment process. All submission deadlines are noted in the enrollment packet. If you are unable to attend the lottery, Foundation Academies staff will contact you regarding the enrollment packet and process.

    If your child was NOT selected in the lottery:

    1. Your child will be placed on the wait list in the order in which they were drawn in the lottery.
    2. Beginning March 18, 2021, you may log into your SchoolMint account to discover your child’s position on the Wait List. 
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    STEP 3: Enrollment

    Selection in the lottery does not automatically guarantee enrollment. To officially enroll, parents/guardians MUST submit the completed enrollment packet by the date listed on the letter and prior to the first day of school, or your child’s space may be forfeited to accommodate the next student on the Wait List. 

    Foundation Academies staff will assist regarding the required processes and documents required to finalize enrollment. 

Questions?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below.

If you need further assistance, please contact Jacqueline Martinez, Senior Operations Associate, at (609) 920-9200 Ext. 2.

About Our Random Admissions Lottery Process

Because the number of applicants always exceeds the number of available spaces at Foundation Academies’ grades and schools, all student applications are placed into a random admissions lottery.

The random lottery process ensures that students are selected irrespective of academic ability, gender, race, religion, national origin, household income, or disability/special needs of the students or the parents/guardians. There are no costs or fees to apply.

Foundation Academies students can live anywhere in the State of New Jersey, however, Trenton residents get first priority for admission. If spaces remain after the admission of all eligible Trenton residents, non-resident applicants, also selected by lottery, may be admitted.

For siblings of current Foundation Academy students, a separate, sibling enrollment lottery is held. Siblings are given preference in the lottery, and so if space is available in the sibling’s requested grade, the sibling is automatically enrolled. However, if there are more sibling applicants than available spaces, siblings are entered into their own admissions lottery (separate from that of new students) to fill the available spaces. The remaining siblings are then entered into a lottery to determine their position on the wait list.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I apply?

For new students AND siblings of an existing Foundation Academies student, please submit an online application.

How does the lottery system and wait list work?

Each applicant is assigned a random number for the lottery, held annually during the month of March. Students are placed in the order in which their number was drawn to fill the available open spaces.

For example:
Your child has applied for a seat in the 5th grade. If their lottery number is selected first in the lottery drawing, he/she will be admitted, as long as there is a space available in 5th grade. 

If a space is not available in the 5th grade, your child will not be admitted, unless and until a seat becomes available (which can happen at any time during the school year). In this case, your child will be placed on the wait list. 

Your child will remain on the waiting list until the end of the school year, at which time the waiting list expires.

The wait list DOES NOT roll over: you must complete A NEW APPLICATION for EACH student you wish to enroll for the following school year. 

My child was on the wait list last year. Does this mean my child is first in line when the application process opens again this year?

No. The wait list DOES NOT roll over. If your child isn’t admitted in the school year for which he/she was waitlisted, you must SUBMIT A NEW APPLICATION for the following year for EACH CHILD you wish to enroll.

Is there a fee to apply or attend Foundation Academies?

There is NO fee, tuition or cost to attend Foundation Academies. We are a free public charter school open to New Jersey students. By law, public charter schools cannot charge a fee or tuition. Click here to learn more about charter schools.

My child has special needs and/or does not speak English fluently. Should I apply?

Yes! Foundation Academies is a free public charter school, which means it is free and open to ALL students, including those with special needs or those who are learning English. Foundation Academies serves students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), 504 Accommodation Plans, and English Language Learner (ELL) services. Upon enrollment, your child’s educational plan will be tailored to fit his or her individual needs. 

Do I need to live in Trenton to apply?

No, you are not required to live in Trenton to apply. Foundation Academies students can live anywhere in the State of New Jersey. However, Trenton residents get first priority for admission. If spaces remain after the admission of all eligible Trenton residents, non-resident applicants, also selected by lottery, may be admitted.

Do you hold enrollment periods more than once per year?

No, we only hold one open enrollment period annually. 

I want to enroll multiple children at Foundation Academies. How do I apply?

When applying for multiple children in your household, you must submit a separate application for EACH child.

I have one student currently enrolled and I want to enroll his/her sibling, what should I do?

If your child is already a CURRENT Foundation Academies student and you wish to enroll a sibling, you may now apply online. 

To attend Foundation Academies, does my child have to be currently registered in a public school district?

Yes. Your child must be registered in the public school district nearest your home. For students attending private school, being home-schooled, transferring into the district or otherwise unregistered, you must register in your local public school district prior to enrollment at Foundation Academies.

Is there an age requirement for my child to enroll at Foundation Academies?

Yes. For admission to the Primary School, your child MUST be 5 years old by October 1. For admission to Foundation Academy Collegiate, students must be under the age of 20, per the State of New Jersey’s maximum age for public school enrollment. 

Does submitting multiple applications increase my child’s chances for enrollment?

No. Only ONE application per student will be accepted. Multiple applications do not increase the chances of enrollment, and duplicate applications for the same student will be discarded. 

If I enroll one of my children, are his/her siblings guaranteed acceptance?

No. For siblings of current Foundation Academy students, a separate, sibling enrollment lottery is held. Siblings are given preference in the lottery, and so if space is available in the sibling’s requested grade, the sibling is automatically enrolled. However, if there are more sibling applicants than available spaces, the siblings are entered into their own lottery (separate from that of new students) to fill the available spaces. The remaining siblings are then entered into a lottery to determine their position on the wait list. Siblings are defined as a biological brother or sister who lives in the same household as the current Foundation Academies student. 

Once my child is enrolled at Foundation Academies, do I need to reapply every year?

No. Once enrolled at Foundation Academies, students automatically continue through the K-12 program, including the transition points between the Primary, Intermediate, Middle, and High School levels. 

How will I know if my child is accepted if I am not at the lottery?

Attendance at the lottery is not mandatory and has no effect on your child’s potential for enrollment. If your child is accepted, Foundation Academies staff will contact you regarding enrollment and completing the enrollment packet. 

I applied and haven’t heard anything about my child’s admittance or position on the wait list after the lottery. What should I do?

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant. You would ONLY be notified IF spaces are available for your child’s grade level and provided information to attend the lottery. If you have not been notified, it is likely that no spaces in your child’s desired grade are currently available and your child has been placed on the wait list.

Beginning March 18, 2021, you may log into your SchoolMint account to discover your child’s position on the waiting list. 

What happens if my child is placed on the wait list?

Don’t be discouraged if your child is placed on the wait list, because spaces can become available for a number of reasons at any time during the year.

When a space becomes available, Foundation Academies will contact families on the waiting list in the order in which their applications were drawn during the lottery. Should you be contacted, it is important that you respond QUICKLY, so please ensure we have your most up-to-date contact information. If you fail to respond, the space then becomes available to the next child on the waiting list. 

My child was selected in the lottery. Does this mean he/she is automatically enrolled at Foundation Academies?

No. Selection in the lottery does NOT automatically guarantee enrollment. To officially enroll, parents/guardians MUST submit the completed enrollment packet by the date listed on the letter and prior to the first day of school, or your child’s space may be forfeited to accommodate the next student on the waiting list. 

Do you provide bus transportation?

No. Bus transportation eligibility is determined by the Trenton Board of Education. If your child lives more than 2 miles from our West State Street facility or more than 2.5 miles from our Grand Street facility, you may apply for bus transportation. Detailed application information will be provided during the enrollment process. 

Do you provide free/reduced lunches? How do I apply?

Yes. During the first day of school, all students will be sent home with information about our online application. Parents must apply online, and will be notified of acceptance into the program within approximately 7-10 days. Even if your child qualified for free/reduced lunches last year, you still need to reapply each year.

Are there after school programs?

No. After school, all students depart with their parents/guardians or via bus transportation. Students do have the opportunity to join numerous teams that our organization offers – both on-site and through city partnerships. Participation in these activities is at the parent/guardian’s discretion. We offer middle school boys and girls soccer, cheerleading, and basketball. At the high school level, we offer boys and girls soccer, cheerleading, and basketball, as well as girls volleyball. We also partner with Trenton Public Schools for other high school sports such as track, wrestling, and football.

Have More Questions?

We are happy to help! For further assistance, please contact Jacqueline Martinez, Senior Operations Associate, at (609) 920-9200 Ext. 2.