The second enrollment period for the 2014-2015 school year is now open.
We are currently accepting applications for enrollment for grades 5-11 for the upcoming school year. Enrollment applications are due by Friday, May 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. to be included in the next lottery.
Application forms are available in the front office of each of our school buildings, and are available to download here. Please submit a proof of residency along with the form to complete an application.
Families of students whose names have been picked in the lottery will be contacted by phone on Thursday, February 27 before 5:00 p.m. A welcome packet and an official registration form will be mailed out to these families on Friday, February 28.
Letters to families of students who have been placed on the waiting list will be sent out on Friday, February 28. These letters will indicate the student's position on the waiting list as of Thursday, February 27.
Starting with the enrollment period for the 2014-2015 school year, Rising Tide has shifted the designation of its defined district to that of a regional charter public school. Residents of the following school towns are now included in Rising Tide’s region
Barnstable • Bourne • Carver • Duxbury
Falmouth • Halifax • Kingston • Lakeville
Marion • Marshfield • Mashpee • Mattapoisett
Middleborough • Pembroke • Plymouth
Plympton • Rochester • Sandwich • Wareham
At the lottery, cards for applicants are organized by grade level and then placed in one of three pools for each grade level, listed in order of priority for admission: sibling, resident, and non-resident. The shift to a regional school does not impact the sibling category. The shift does impact the second pool, the resident pool. Residents of the above-listed towns will now be drawn from the resident pool. Residents of any other towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be drawn from the third pool, the non-resident pool.
The designation as a regional charter public school will not change the transportation available for families. Because the school is located in the town of Plymouth, residents of Plymouth will still be eligible for bus transportation. Residents of any other town will need to drive or carpool.
Choice: One of the core assertions for establishing charter public schools in Massachusetts has been “to provide parents and students with greater options in choosing schools within and outside their school districts” (M.G.L. c. 71, § 89 (b)).
Rising Tide is committed to providing choice in public education; we are pleased that our college preparatory public school is a choice for more families.
Access and Equity: In admitting students, Rising Tide does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or in a foreign language, or prior academic achievement. With the shift to becoming a regional charter public school, Rising Tide is able to add greater access to more families within a reasonable travel distance to the school. Of the seventeen non-urban Commonwealth charter public schools in Massachusetts, Rising Tide was one of the only schools not designated as a regional school. The shift to enable more equitable access to Rising Tide is consistent with the regional designation of nearly all other non-urban charter public schools.