Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
For new students, please submit an online application. If you want to enroll a sibling of a current Foundation Academies student, please visit the main office.
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.
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 Collegiate Academy, students must be under the age of 20, per the State of New Jersey’s maximum age for public school enrollment.
Do you hold enrollment periods more than once per year?
No, we only hold one open enrollment period annually.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, please DO NOT apply online. On Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, all current students were sent home with applications specifically for SIBLINGS. Please complete and return this application for your child’s sibling to be entered into the lottery. Sibling applications submitted online will NOT be accepted. If you need to complete a sibling application, please visit the main office.
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 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.
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.
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 April 1, please call Jacqueline Martinez, Foundation Academies Senior Operations Associate at (609) 920-9200 Ext. 2 to discover your child’s position on the waiting list. Due to the time required to process the list of applicants, we ask that you please refrain from calling before April 1, 2020.
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.
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?
If you need further assistance, please contact Jacqueline Martinez, Senior Operations Associate at (609) 920-9200 Ext. 2.