Enrollment: FAQ

Admissions & Enrollment

How do I enroll my child?

Valor Public Schools is an open-enrollment charter school with no financial, academic, or merit-based admissions requirements. Families may apply for the 2018-2019 and/or 2019-2020 school years on our website here or over the phone. All applications for 2019-2020 received by January 22, 2019 will be included in a random lottery. On January 23, 2019, we will conduct the lottery to determine which applicants receive enrollment offers and assign waitlist numbers to the remaining applicants. Students who apply after January 22, 2019 will be offered spots or added to the waitlist in the date and time order in which they apply, behind applicants who were included in the lottery.

Are you still enrolling students for this year?

Yes, we are! We will continue to enroll students throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Valor South Austin has limited spots available in certain grades, and short waiting lists in other grades.

If I have a child already enrolled at Valor, will his/her siblings receive priority?

When a sibling of an enrolled student applies, the sibling application will receive a priority status called "sibling priority". This moves the sibling applicant to the top of the waitlist and is intended to allow siblings to enroll together at Valor if space is available. Specific waitlist placement for applicants given sibling priority is also affected by several factors, including whether the siblings applied during the Application Period, the number of siblings in each grade level, and any other prioritized applications such as those of employee children.

Definition: A sibling is defined as a biological or legally adopted brother or sister residing in the same household as the applicant. Cousins, nieces, nephews, and unrelated children sharing an address with the applicant are not siblings.

Am I required to live within a certain area to enroll my child at Valor?

Yes. To be eligible for admission at Valor, your child must generally reside within the geographic boundaries specified in Valor's charter. Our current geographic boundaries include these school districts:

  • Austin ISD
  • Bastrop ISD
  • Coupland ISD
  • Del Valle ISD
  • Dripping Springs ISD
  • Eanes ISD
  • Elgin ISD
  • Georgetown ISD
  • Hays CISD
  • Hutto ISD
  • Lago Vista ISD
  • Lake Travis ISD
  • Leander ISD
  • Liberty Hill ISD
  • Manor ISD
  • Pflugerville ISD
  • Round Rock ISD
  • Taylor ISD
  • Wimberley ISD

If your child does not live within one of these districts, we encourage you to read Texas Education Code Chapter 25.001(b) (items 1-9) to see if he or she may be eligible to enroll for another reason. Call our office for any questions about this!

Application Types and Statuses

What does my application "type" in SchoolAxis mean?

Your application type is either "Application Period" or "Post Application Period" based on when you submitted the application. If you submitted it on or before the deadline of January 22, 2019, the type will be listed as "Application Period". If you submitted it after the deadline, the type will be "Post Application Period". This timing determines much of the sequencing and behavior of the waitlist.

What does my application "status" in SchoolAxis mean?

Your application status tracks your progress at each stage of applying and enrolling throughout the year. After the lottery, your status will move from "Submitted" to either "Offered" (if you receive an offer), or "Waitlist". When you accept an offer, it will become "Accepted". The status will also change during the stages of the registration process.

Waitlist

Is there a separate waitlist for each grade level or one for the whole school?

There is a separate waitlist for each grade level. Waitlist numbers in SchoolAixs are specific to the grade level.

Why does my child's waitlist number move up and down at different times?

A student will move up on the waitlist (closer to #1) when other families decline an offer and Valor offers the spot to the next person on the waitlist. A student may also move down on the waitlist when another waitlisted student in the grade with a higher (better) lottery number receives sibling priority. Each waitlisted sibling receives the prioity when their sibling accepts an offer. The ordering of prioritized sibling applications within a grade's waitlist is based solely on lottery results and is not on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lottery & Offers

How is the lottery conducted?

Valor's lottery for 2019-20 will be held on Friday, January 23, 2019. Applicants in each grade level will be randomized by an automated enrollment software system called SchoolAxis, and then spots will be offered in the order of the lottery results. When all available seats have been offered in each grade, the remaining applicants are assigned waitlist numbers in the order of the lottery results. Only applications received before the deadline are included in the lottery. All applications received after this deadline are offered seats or added to the waitlist in the order of the date and time they are submitted, behind applications included in the lottery.

How do I accept or decline an offer for my child?

When you receive an offer, the email/text will include a link to log in to the [Parent Portal][2]. Click "View Applications" and then click the "Accept Offer" or "Decline Offer" button for each child. Please respond even if you decline the offer so that Valor can offer the spot to the next student on the waitlist. You may call 512-598-0160 or email enrollment@valorpublicschools.org if you would like to discuss questions before responding to your offer.

If my child does not receive an offer just after the lottery, what are the chances they will receive an offer later?

After the first round of offers in January 2019, offers for open seats at Valor will continue to be made on a rolling basis throughout the spring, summer, and fall of 2019. When a family declines an offer, that spot will be offered to the first child on the waitlist in that grade. Offers will be made before and throughout the school year when there are open positions available in a grade. While we can't predict the likelihood of receiving an offer, it's common that families initially waitlisted at the time of the lottery receive an offer later on. Your child's position on the waitlist may frequently change. You can log in to your SchoolAxis [account][2] at any time and see the child's real-time position on the waitlist. After the lottery, we encourage you to check your waitlist number every few weeks to see if you are closer to receiving an offer.


Valor South Austin Campus: FAQ

What's the school calendar for 2018-19?

Here is the most recent version of the 2018-19 Student Calendar. We will also be adding a number of other events to the calendar in the next few months.

What are the school day start and end times?

For grades K-5, the school days is from 8am-3:10pm. For grades 6-8, the school days is from 8am-3:30pm. On early release days, the school day for all grades is 8am-12:35pm.

What does the daily schedule look like for students?

K-5 grade students will have a homeroom teacher for the core subjects as well as special teachers for Spanish, PE, Art, and Music. In addition to time for Language Arts, Math, Science, and History, specials will follow this schedule:

  • Art, Music, and Spanish - 2x per week (35 min. each)
  • P.E. - 1x per day (35 min.)
  • Recess - 2x per day (20 min. each)

Students in grades 6-12 will have a 7 period rotating class schedule with 50 minute periods and a 30 minute block for academic support/enrichment.

Will there be a lunch program?

Yes, breakfast and lunch will be available for sale through a catering company each day at school. Families who qualify will also be eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals at Valor. As an organization, we are committed to providing healthy, nutritious food to our students. In the next few months we will be announcing our catering vendor and providing meal prices. If you have food allergy or dietary questions, please contact the school office for further information.

How much homework should we anticipate at Valor?

Homework at Valor will generally fall within these guidelines:

  • Kindergarten: 15-20 minutes of HW (Reading practice only)
  • 1st-3rd Grade: 25-35 minutes of HW (15-20 minutes of Reading; 10-15 minutes of Math; occasional work in other subjects)
  • 4th-5th Grade: 40-45 minutes of HW (25 minutes of Reading; 15-20 minutes of Math; occasional work in other subjects)
  • 6th-7th Grade: 60-75 minutes of HW (25 min Reading, 15-20 min Math, 10-15 min Science, 10-15 min Latin/History)
  • 8th Grade: 70-90 minutes of HW (25-30 min Reading, 15-20 min Math, 10-15 min Science, 10 min Latin, 10-15 min History)

We are excited to share more about our vision for homework, including how you can support your child at home, in our Family Handbook later this summer.

Will you have a plan for campus security?

Yes. We take very seriously our responsibility to ensure a safe, secure campus for our students. We will have an emergency response plan for the campus that includes plans for fire as well as lock out and lock down procedures. Staff will be trained in how to implement and execute each component of the plan, and the school will conduct periodic drills to ensure preparedness. The campus will have a single point of entry at the front office, and all visitors will be required to follow sign in procedures, including an ID scan.

Other specific questions?

Please call our office directly at 512-646-4170 if you have other questions or would like to set up a meeting. Our team is available to talk and eager to get to know you! There are also many other topics and specific school policies (e.g. attendance, grading, student discipline, etc.) that will be addressed in detail in our 2018-19 Family Handbook. This will be published for families over the summer.


General Topics: FAQ

When will the first Valor school open?

Valor Public Schools was awarded a charter in June of 2017 and will open its first campus, Valor South Austin, located at 220 Foremost Dr, Austin, TX 78745 between William Cannon and Slaughter. The school will open in August of 2018 serving grades K-8, and then add one grade level of high school each year until it serves students from K-12. Valor is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-2019 school year.

Is there a cost to attend Valor?

No. Valor is be a tuition-free public charter school.

Does Valor offer busing?

Valor is not currently able to provide bus transportation for students. We offer free Capital Metro bus passes for any family in need, and we can also assist families with making carpooling arrangements when needed.

Will the school have uniforms?

Yes, all Valor students will wear uniforms. We believe that uniforms foster a sense of unity, help to eliminate distractions, and set an appropriate tone for the learning environment. It is likely that certain uniform elements will need to be purchased from specific providers (e.g. shirts with logo, plaid skirt, etc.). Financial assistance for uniform costs will also be provided for families in need.

Does Valor require certification for all teachers?

While Texas certification is not a requirement for most teaching positions, Valor is committed to hiring passionate, skilled, mission-aligned teachers who are well-qualified for their roles. In order to find the best candidates, Valor recruits both locally and nationally for teaching and leadership positions. All Valor teachers have a Bachelor's degree at minimum, and while many teachers will hold Texas certification, others may have a degree or demonstrated proficiency in their subject area. All special education and ESL/Bilingual teachers at Valor hold Texas certification. You can read more here about our Hiring Profile.

What athletics or extracurriculars will Valor offer?

Valor will provide students with a range of competitive athletic opportunities, including both team and individual sports, in grades 6-12. Sports may include volleyball, basketball, soccer, football, cross country, track and field, baseball, and softball. Our sports program will encourage healthy athletic competition while developing virtues such as courage, sportsmanship, and perseverance. We will offer financial assistance for athletic participation fees to families in need. In addition, we will offer a diverse array of clubs from Kindergarten through 12th grade, so that all students have engaging opportunities for further growth. Clubs may include art, drama, robotics, chess, Latin, science, gardening, and personal fitness.

Will Valor provide special education services?

Yes. As a public charter school, Valor Public Schools will provide services for students with special needs, ensuring that all students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education. Valor will provide special education services to all eligible students in the least restrictive environment, and will fully meet the provisions of each student’s individualized education plan (IEP). Valor will employ an inclusion model of Special Education whenever possible, seeking to provide services to the extent possible within the general education setting.

Will Valor help students with the college admissions process?

Yes, Valor will have a four-year college counseling program for all high school students beginning in 9th grade. We’ll have a dedicated college counselor and give students a broad exposure to the colleges and universities that are available. The college counselor will work with each family to find the best college or university fit by knowing the personality, abilities, interests, and aspirations of each student. Our college counselors will accompany each family throughout their high school experience, providing relevant tools, resources, and information. Some of the key services will include: information sessions, individualized meetings, PSAT/SAT/ACT preparation workshops, financial aid sessions, essay writing workshops, and frequent on-campus visits from colleges and universities throughout Texas and the nation. Overall, we are very excited to help all our students get admitted to and succeed in the colleges of their choice.

How does Valor fund its schools?

As a public charter school, Valor will receive state funding on a per pupil basis. Unlike traditional independent school districts, charters do not receive facilities funding from the state. In order to supplement state funding, Valor will also raise additional funds from foundations and individuals.