Tips for a Faster Enrollment Process

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How to Ensure a Quick and Smooth Enrollment Process

The foundation of every memory formed at school is enrollment. A smooth and easy enrollment process can set the tone for the entire educational journey. However, the process could turn into a long and tedious one if families and students do not prepare beforehand. Below are tips and reminders to consider as we welcome another enrollment season.

1. Select the School
For first-time enrollees, transferees, and new students, picking the perfect school is where it all begins. The school is called a child’s “second home” for a reason. Students spend at least three days in school, thus, choosing a comfortable and competent school is not an easy task. Some aspects to factor in are the student’s proficiency, skills, talent, focus, aspirations, and schedule. To narrow down the search, it is recommended to conduct a research on the schools available in the district.

2. Dial the District
Whether it is to research about various neighborhood schools or to find out more about the enrollment process, it never hurts to inquire. Aside from these, some questions parents and students could ask the district are: a) enrollment schedule b) required paperwork c) additional information regarding school prospects, and d) steps after the enrollment. Moreover, if the student is transferring from another school within the district, it is mandatory that a referral is obtained from the district to complete the process.

3. Prepare the Paperwork
Just like any other processes, school enrollment requires a lot of paperwork. Some of the basic documentation needed during enrollment are: photo identification, current withdrawal grades and transcripts (if any), guardianship or custody papers (if applicable), proof of residency immunization records, and proof of birth.

4. Finish the Forms
The Sacramento City Unified School District, as well as most schools nationwide, requires accomplished registration packets during enrollment. To get a head start on the process, parents and students could complete these packets before heading to the enrollment centers.

5. Stop by the ‘Site
Before proceeding with the process, it is also useful to visit the district’s and the school’s website as well. Most districts provide online registration for new students in order to speed up the enrollment. With an online registration option, guardians can avoid potentially long lines. The application can be opened from any web-enable computer or from a kiosk located at any regional or central District Enrollment Center.

Streamline the enrollment process by being prepared. For more inquiry regarding Capital City School’s registration, please call us at (916) 433 5187.

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Advantages of Alternative Education

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Alternative Education: the Why’s and How’s

Alternative Education is more than a program – it is a perspective. It is structured around the principle that education can occur in many different types of environments and varied systems. It recognizes that everyone can be educated through an individualized and unique learning routine. Each student is given the ability to facilitate individual learning and progress through a “curated path” that a student can commit to. Alternative learning environments can occur through charter schools, independent school, and home-based learning systems.

Alternative schools consist of customizable education for each student. Learning occurs in a small and focused environment at the student’s own schedule. Without sacrificing basic subjects required for higher education, each individual can concentrate on programs and classes that they are interested in. Alternative schools develop well-rounded students that are equipped to be productive, educated members of society.

Because of its small school setting, students have the tendency to be more assertive and comfortable. There is a higher percentage of average student participation in alternative schools than in bigger public schools. The alternative learning environment also forges stronger relationships between students and teachers, as well as fellow students. This is due to more opportunities for one-on-one consultations between students and teachers, along with small group discussions. Students feel freer to share their thoughts, opinions, and takeaways regarding the subject matter on hand. In addition, greater exposure to hands-on activities stimulates students’ learning experience.

Since students can organize their schedule, they develop an immense sense of responsibility.  More often than not, students are required to come to the site three days a week. Most of the schoolwork can be accomplished at home, and then discussed at school. This system not only encourages students to manage their time wisely, it also allows them to pursue their interests and passions.

Parents’ involvement and participation to their children’s education is another less recognized advantage of alternative education. The small population of students in alternative schools allows the faculty and staff to communicate better. This gives parents the chance to monitor their children’s progress. Students, parents, and teachers can all work together to facilitate the students’ education.

Lastly, perhaps the most important benefit of alternative learning is the hope and chance it gives to students.  Alternative education provides students with the chance to follow the path that they want to take. It gives students and parents hope of a better future.

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