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Kaupe`a: Virtual Learning 2020/2021

Kaupeʻa Virtual Learning Program Enrollment Process for School Year 2020-21

Laupāhoehoe Community PCS is a public charter school with a Pre-K through 12th-grade
campus program and a Kindergarten through 12th-grade virtual learning program.
The Kaupeʻa Virtual Learning Program (Kaupeʻa) serves students on Hawaiʻi Island only. The enrollment process is scheduled to appropriately allow the school to recruit in a diverse and inclusive manner, and for families to navigate the application process comfortably.
For next school year, 2020-21, LCPCS is amending its enrollment process to include a student lottery. The number of new inquiries exceeds program capacity as allowed by LCPCS’s contract with the Hawaiʻi State Charter School Commission. Currently enrolled LCPCS students are assured admission the following year and do not need to re-enroll. The school does ask that currently enrolled families reply to the intent-to-return survey as soon as possible so that the school can recruit and plan accordingly.

Phase I of the Enrollment Process for SY 2020-21:

LCPCS is accepting applications during the period March 1 until May 29. Families may obtain an application via the school’s website and submit applications electronically via email attachment to Myles De Coito, program coordinator, at myles.decoito@lcpcs.org. When an application is received, it will be reviewed and the family will receive an email confirming their application has been received and that the application will be entered into the student lottery.
High school applications will be received for incoming 9th and 10th graders only. Applicants for 10th grade must have earned the required credits for grade-level promotion from their current Hawaii DOE or Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) school.

Student Lottery

An applicant who is a sibling of a currently enrolled student continuing on into the next school year will be exempt from the lottery process. Children of current school staff applying to Kaupeʻa will be exempt from the lottery process. The lottery date may vary each year but will typically be held between mid-April to early-June. Families who submit packets by the application deadline will be notified of the lottery date.
A lottery will be held for each grade level with the following caps for each band.
● Grades K-5 capped at 20 students per grade
● Grades 6-8 capped at 12 students per grade
● Grades 9-12 capped at 8 students per grade
When the lottery event is held, a drawing will be conducted for each grade level. The number of draws per grade will correspond with the openings available under the designated cap space.
For example, Kindergarten enrollment is first filled with applicants who are children of school staff and siblings of returning Kaupeʻa students. In this example, if this “first fill” totals 5 students, then the remaining space under the cap is 15, and 15 applicant entries will be drawn for the Kindergarten lottery.
For grades with returning students like Grade 1, the “first fill” will be comprised of returning students in addition to children of school staff and siblings of returning Kaupeʻa students promoted from Kindergarten the previous year. If this “first fill” totals 18, then the remaining space under the cap is 2, and 2 applicant entries will be drawn for the Grade 1 lottery.

LCPCS Catchment Area Priority for Kaupeʻa Applicants:

Whereas LCPCS serves a geographic catchment area, priority in the student lottery will be given to students residing in the following ZIP codes.
● Students living in the zip codes 96764, 96774, 96780, and 96773 will receive 4 additional points. These zip codes represent the geographic catchment area for LCPCS.
● Proof of residency will be required to qualify for the lottery priority system. Points will be in the form of additional tickets or entries for the lottery drawing.
Acceptance letters will be emailed the day after the lottery event. Applicants who are offered enrollment at LCPCS must accept or decline by the deadline stated in the acceptance letter. Applicants who are not offered enrollment via the lottery will be placed on a grade-specific waitlist in the order drawn during the lottery event.

Phase II of the Enrollment Process:

Applications received after May 29 until June 30 will be held and waitlisted in the event of a secondary lottery. Should a secondary lottery occur, it shall only take place if there are more grade-level spaces available beyond the waitlisted students from Phase I.
When an application is received during this phase, it will be reviewed and the family will receive an email confirming their application has been received and that the application is being held and waitlisted.
Should a secondary lottery be held to fill available spaces, families will be notified of the lottery date.
If it is determined that no secondary lottery will be held, Phase II applicants will be notified after June 30 that 2020-21 enrollment has reached capacity.

Post-Acceptance Process

Once a student has been admitted to LCPCS, a series of intake steps must be completed, including course selection and completion of school, state, and federal forms.
Due dates for the intake steps will be provided, and families are expected to abide by them in order that students are prepared to begin the new school year.


You may submit questions to Myles De Coito, the Kaupeʻa Virtual Learning Program Coordinator, at myles.decoito@lcpcs.org