Saturday, February 16, 2019

New Students


Parents of children interested in enrolling at Bear Creek Community Charter School will be given the opportunity to apply for admission. The date the application for admission process begins and ends will be determined by the school administration each year and will be posted in the school office as well as on the school's web site. Parents of children interested in applying for admission must complete and return an accurate Application for Admission Form to the school's main office by the deadline provided by the school. Only children who are residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for admission – proof of residency may be required upon submission of an Application for Admission Form.


As permitted by the Pennsylvania Charter School Law, Bear Creek Community Charter School will give preference in admission to the following categories of students, in the following order:


  1. Returning students (re-enrollment of existing students by posted deadline);
  2. Children of parents who actively participate in the development of the charter school;
  3. Siblings of a student currently enrolled at the charter school. For the purpose of this policy, a sibling is defined as a child who is related to an existing student by blood or adoption and who share a legal tie to at least one common parent;
  4. Holdover Students from the prior school year;
  5. Students residing in the Community in which the charter school is located. For the purposes of this policy, Community is defined as Bear Creek Township and Bear Creek Village Borough;
  6. Students residing in the school district in which the charter is located (Wilkes-Barre Area School District);
  7. Students residing outside the school district in which the charter school is located (all other school districts within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania).

Any child who is qualified under applicable state law is qualified for admission to Bear Creek Community Charter School. Bear Creek Community Charter School is an equal opportunity educational institution. The admissions policy will be made available to the public.


In the event the number of applicants for any given grade or section exceeds the number of enrollment slots (seats) available, the school will admit students using a random selection process. The school will grant admission preference according to the aforementioned criteria. A public lottery will be held, as necessary, to determine admission. The date, time and location of the public lottery will be posted at the school, on the school's web site, and in a newspaper of general circulation at least one week prior to the lottery being held.


After all available enrollment slots (seats) are filled, wait lists will be created and maintained for each grade. The initial wait list will be created randomly as part of the public lottery. Following the lottery, additional students will be added to the wait lists on a first come/first served basis. When a slot (seat) becomes available in a grade, the parents of the first student on the wait list will be contacted and given twenty-four hours to accept the slot (seat). Acceptance is determined by the parent completing and hand delivering an accurate Student Enrollment Notification Form to the school office within twenty-four (24) hours of being notified by the school. If the enrollment slot (seat) is declined, if no response is received, or an accurate Student Enrollment Notification Form is not hand delivered to the school office within twenty-four hours of being notified, the enrollment slot (seat) will be forfeited and the next student on the wait list will be contacted. Once all vacant enrollment slots (seats) for each particular grade and section are filled, enrollment will be closed.


Bear Creek Community Charter School is an equal opportunity educational institution.


Download the Application for Admission for the 2019-2020 school year.