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Enrollment FAQs

General Application Questions:

Do I need to apply?
Any student who wants to attend AoA should participate in the open enrollment process. 

How do I apply?
Go to aoaschools.schoolmint.net. The open enrollment deadline to apply is Friday, February 28, 2021. Applying before this deadline ensures that you will be included in the lottery, if applicable.
Applications submitted after the February 28 deadline will be placed on a waiting list and/or offered enrollment if space becomes available. Applicants will be placed on the waitlist based on a first-come, first-served basis.

What do I need to apply?
To complete your application online you will need basic information about your child, such as their birth date, current school, and grade, as well as information about your family, such as address, phone number, and guardian's name.

When is the open enrollment period?
The open enrollment period for 2020--2021 is October 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021.

Does it matter when I submit my application?
Yes. The open enrollment application deadline for the 2021--2022 school year is February 28, 2021. However, all applications received by this date will be considered equally in accordance with our enrollment priorities (i.e. there is no advantage to submitting your application earlier within the Open Enrollment period of October 1, 2020, through February 28, 2021. AoA will run a lottery on March 11, 2021 and you'll be notified of the results on March 12, 2021.
All families will be asked to either accept or decline their enrollment offer(s) not later than March 27, 2021.
Applications submitted after the open enrollment deadline will be placed on a waiting list and/or offered enrollment if space becomes available. Applicants will be placed on the waitlist based on a first-come, first-served basis.

What happens if I miss the open enrollment deadline?
All applications submitted during the open enrollment period will be included in the lottery process. If you miss the deadline, you can still apply but your application will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis, after those who applied during the open enrollment period.

 

Online Application Questions:

How do I access AoA's online charter application?
Go to aoaschools.schoolmint.net. If this is your first visit to SchoolMint, you will need to create an account using your email address and/or mobile phone number. Once you have logged on, follow the steps to create a Family Profile and, if you are ready, start applying. You can use your same login information to access your application at any time to make changes to your SchoolMint profile. It is important to save your SchoolMint login information. You must include a cell phone number/email to receive updates. If you forget your login or have trouble accessing your account please call (510) 748-4017 for assistance.

Can someone walk me through how to complete an application online?
Yes, you may visit the school's main office or call (510)748-4017 for support. 

Is there a paper application for enrolling? If so, where can I get it?
The application is available online. Filling out an online application is fast, easy, theres less chance of mistakes and you can access it from your smartphone.
If you don't feel comfortable doing the application online, don't worry - the Enrollment Team can create, view and edit applications for you over the phone at (510)748-4017, and school office staff can also assist you in completing it online.

I don't have an email address, and only use a landline - can I still apply?
Yes, you can still apply, but we will need an email address or a mobile phone number for communication purposes. You may use a relative's or friend's contact information (mobile phone number and/or email address) for login purposes if you don't have one of your own. Much of the communication that will come from AoA regarding the status of your application will be via email or text message, so we want to ensure that you have access to this information.

Does AoA give preferences to certain applicants?
Yes. If we receive more applicants than available space, we will hold a random lottery. AoA's enrollment priorities will determine applicant preference in the lottery. Siblings of existing students and Alameda residents will receive lottery preference. See our Lottery & Waitlist page for more details.

I have two children that I'd like to complete applications for. Do I complete separate applications for each?
Yes, you must complete one application per child, but will be able to do so under your one online account. In your SchoolMint Family Profile, you may add as many children as needed to accurately represent your family and will then be able to select any child and submit an application on their behalf. It is important to set-up your family profile this way in order for us to identify siblings who are applying together.

 

Application Submission & Next Steps:

How will I know if my application is submitted?
You will receive confirmation of your application submission via email and/or text message (depending on the communication preference you indicated in your application). You can also login to your SchoolMint profile at any time to check your status. Once you've submitted an application, there is no need to resubmit.

Why didn't I receive confirmation of my application submission?
If you don't get a submission confirmation by email or text, go back to your online profile. If your application status is "Pending" click on the "Submit" button on the last page. This will complete your application.

I am completing an application, what kind of communication can I expect?
You will be contacted by email and/or text message at various times throughout the online application process, including when you submit your final application and when/if you are offered enrollment or placed on the waitlist. So keep your information in SchoolMint up to date.

How will I know if I have an enrollment offer?
Applications received by the open enrollment deadline will be included in the lottery on March 11, 2021. On March 12, 2021 you should see your lottery results — Offer or Waitlist —​ in your SchoolMint student dashboard and at that time you can Accept or Decline the offer. The deadline to Accept or Decline the offer is March 27, 2021. If you do not accept by this date, your lottery offer will expire.
Applications submitted after the open enrollment deadline will be placed on the waiting list and/or offered enrollment if space becomes available.

How does the waitlist work?
AoA has a set number of spots available in each grade. We may receive more applicants than spots available, so applicants not offered a spot in the lottery will be placed on a waitlist. Those submitting an application after the open enrollment deadline will also be placed on the waitlist, behind those who completed their applications by the deadline. AoA will admit applicants from the waitlist if space becomes available. This can happen at any time throughout the year. You may choose to stay on the waitlist. However, AoA's waitlist expires every year and you would need to submit a new application if you are interested in attending in future years. As with the lottery, admission from the waitlist is not guaranteed.

I have accepted my enrollment offer. What's next?
Registration. After accepting your enrollment offer, AoA will email you the registration link along with specific instructions and requirements. Be prepared to present certain documents for verification purposes like proof of address, copy of birth certificate, etc. You will also be invited to attend a Welcome New Families event, so be on the lookout for communication about those events.
 
For enrollment questions please email us at:
enrollment@aoaschool.org