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Kaupe`a: Virtual Learning 2020/2021

Kaupeʻa Virtual Learning Program for School Year 2021-22

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. 
 
Our open enrollment process will begin later than our usual March commencement due to changes being implemented in accordance with the State of Hawaii Public Charter School Commissionʻs guidelines for virtual learning programs. 
 
If you have already submitted a packet using our 2020-21 packet, a new 2021-22 packet will be sent to you. 
 
Open enrollment will commence on April 15 and continue through June 30. During that time, packets will be reviewed and processed for entry into a lottery.

Phase I: April 15 – May 26
 
LCPCS is accepting 2021-22 Kaupeʻa Virtual Learning Program applications during the period April 15 until May 26. Families may obtain an application via the school’s website and submit applications electronically via email attachment to kaupea.applications@lcpcs.org
 
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.

Applications will be reviewed for completion. Only correctly completed packets with all necessary documents attached will be entered into the student lottery. Applicants will be notified whether the packet is complete and entered into the lottery or if corrections are required.

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 in the month of June. Families who submit packets by the Phase I application deadline will be notified of the lottery date.

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 our enrollment cap and the desired student-to-teacher ratio for the grade level.

For example, Kindergarten enrollment is first filled with applicants who are children of school staff and siblings of returning Kaupeʻa students. The remaining space under the cap after this “first fill” will be drawn for via the Kindergarten lottery.

For grades with returning students like Grade 1, the “first fill” will be comprised of returning students (students promoted) in addition to incoming children of school staff and siblings of returning Kaupeʻa students. The remaining space under the cap after this “first fill” will be drawn for via 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: May 27 – June 30

Applications received after May 26 and 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 2021-22 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.

Questions

Please email your questions to kaupea.info@lcpcs.org.