Enrollment VCS Eligibility and Enrollment Policy
Enrollment at VCS is a 2-step process:
- Page 1 explains the categories and page 2 explains the enrollment procedure and the documents and information that will be needed after the student(s) is accepted.
- Page 3 is the Eligibility Application. Complete one per household (covers all children in the household).
- Page 4 is the Proof of Employment completed by your employer (must be signed & notarized by an authorized business representative).
- Page 5 is the Authorization for Release of Employment (must be signed & notarized by the qualifying parent).
- Please complete pages 3, 4 & 5 and email (preferred) Tara.Milow@tvcs.org (or fax, mail or deliver)
2. Required Documentation
If accepted, you will be instructed to complete the "New Student Online Enrollment" process. You will also need to collect the required documentation found on page 2 of the Pre-Enrollment Packet.
Call Tara Milow at 352-259-6848 with questions.
The Villages Charter School (K-12) operates by a Charter Agreement approved by the Sumter County Board of Education and the Florida State Department of Education. Unlike traditional county schools, our enrollment criteria are based upon one of the parents/guardians/ place of employment rather than the geographic address of their home. Click Marketplace to see the list of qualifying business partners.
Employment is verified on each new applicant and will be verified on a monthly basis for all enrolled students.
Category I - Direct employee of any business identified as a Villages Company.
Category II - Any Community Development District or Special District over any portion of The Villages and Business Partners under direct contract (other than a lease) with a Villages Company. Business Partners in this Category include those providing construction services, maintenance, or other similar services, or supplying general support services such as legal or accounting within The Villages. Only those employees that are working on Villages Projects qualify. Under “direct contract” refers to the relationships between Category 2 Business Partners and a Villages Company. The work and/or services provided to the Villages Company must be regular and on-going and that work must be paid for directly from the Villages Company. For businesses who perform regular and on-going services to a Villages Company, but who also perform services for other businesses and residential (non-Villages Company) – only that work provided to and paid for by the Villages Company will be considered as under direct contract, and only those employees performing those services under direct contract work are eligible for the benefits of The Villages Charter School.
Category III - Business Partners who lease directly from a Villages Company or that own a permanent business site purchased directly from The Villages and from which they operate their business within The Villages.
Category IV - Business Partners that lease a permanent business site from a non-Villages entity or that purchased a permanent business site from a non-Villages entity, from which they operate their business within The Villages. The Villages Charter School Enrollment Committee will review each applicant in this Category to confirm, in its sole discretion, that the Business Partner participates in and benefits the development of The Villages.
Please call the Enrollment Office (352-259-6848) to determine if a business is qualified for enrollment.
Parents who work full-time (40 hours per week) are given priority over parents who work part-time (more than 20 hours, but less than 40 hours per week).
Employment eligibility does not guarantee enrollment. Other factors (such as available enrollment slots and the new student's prior year attendance, discipline and special needs) all considered.
New Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year
Open enrollment for new students for the next school year will begin on March 1, 2021.
Pre-Eligibility Application Packets will be available on this page starting March 1, 2021.
The Villages Charter School has a two-step enrollment process: One application per household (covers all children in the household).
Complete on-line Pre-Enrollment Eligibility Application This form MUST be completed by the qualifying parent (parent with employment).
Proof of employment form will be emailed from the Enrollment Office to your Employer (please note, your enrollment application is incomplete until we receive proof of employment).
The following documentation will need to be provided with their Pre-Enrollment Eligibility Application:
Additional education documents (Individual Education Plan (IEP), Response to Intervention (RTI), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English Language Learner (ELL), 504 Plan, etc.)
Court Order Papers (if legal guardian)
Marriage License (if step-parent is the qualifier or if step-parent will be performing Parent Involvement Time.)
We will contact Category 1-Full Time students first then accordingly depending on your category of employment.
Placement is based on the category of employment for the parent. Priority is given to full-time employment versus part-time employment. All placement is governed by the enrollment sequence.
Once your employment has been verified and we anticipate that we have space available for your category of employment in the grade level of your child, we will notify you by phone. (Around Mid-June)
We will set an appointment for you to meet with the Guidance Clerk at the building where your child will attend.
If space is available, parents are given 5 working days to provide the documentation required for enrollment (see list below).
State Testing Scores
Transcript for High School Students (Unofficial)
Social Security Card
Recent Physical (Form DH3040-CHP-07/2013) All grade levels - Form E2 (Middle & High School) if the student anticipates trying out for / playing sports
If the requested documentation is not provided to us within one week, the anticipated opening will be offered to an eligible applicant that has provided the necessary documentation.
Once all required documentations are received, our building Principals will review each students file for final approval.
Proof of Employment - This form is filled out by the employer. It also requires notarization of the supervisor, business owner, or authorized representative.
Petition for Continued Enrollment - This form is required when the qualifying parent no longer has qualifying employment. You may “Petition” the school for continued enrollment for short periods of time.
Changes in Employment
It is the Parent/Legal Guardian’s responsibility to notify the Enrollment Office of changes in employment. Employment of the Parent/Legal Guardian is verified on a monthly basis. Our School Board Policy states that upon the loss of qualifying employment, the student is immediately not eligible for enrollment into The Villages Charter School (VCS). If you have not gained new employment, then you may petition the school board for continued enrollment until the end of the “school term”. “School Term” may be the 9-week grading period, the end of the Semester, or other natural break in the school calendar.
If you have enrollment questions, please contact Tara Milow, Enrollment Coordinator.
Central Office located within the VCES 4th & 5th Grade Center
Phone: 352-259-6848 Fax: 352-259-3850