• Can students currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 apply to specialty schools, as in years past?

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    Specialty Schools allow upperclassmen to apply depending upon the nature of the program, space in the cohort, size of the building, and teacher/student ratios, among other factors taken into consideration.

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  • How can parents appeal a decision?

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    All Specialty Schools have an appeals process in place. Parents/guardians may initiate an appeal of the admissions decision by submitting a written request for appeal to the building principal or the Coordinator of the Program. An email may suffice. The request should include specific concerns related to the admissions process that the parent/guardian would like to have considered in the review

    This request must be submitted no later than Friday, March 20, 2020. The building principal or designee will refer the appealed case to the School’s Appeal’s Committee for review. The Appeal's Committee will review all relevant information that was submitted by the application deadline.  All appeals will be reviewed within 20 school days of the receipt of the written request. The finding of the School’s Appeals’ Committee will be submitted to the building principal who will notify the parent/guardian within 10 school days of the final decision.

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  • There are 3 ways to apply for the International Baccalaureate Programme at Lucille Brown and TJ?

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    • Lucille Brown and Thomas Jefferson’s Middle Year’s Programme begins at 6th grade and bridges until 10th grade.  
    • Students may apply using the IB Specialty School application for upcoming 6th and 9th grades. Students that are accepted through the Specialty School application process will be placed in all honors courses and receive transportation.  
    • Students who are accepted through Open Enrollment (6th through 12th) may request to be placed in honors courses. Open Enrollment students will not receive transportation

    The Diploma Programme (DP) is available to rising 11th grade students. Students in DP work towards the IB Diploma. The DP Coordinator and the High School Counselors will advise all candidates applying to be part of the IB 11th -12th grade DP cohort.

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  • What are the requirements for the recommendation component of each Specialty School application?

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    • Richmond Community High School: 2 recommendations (1 teacher, 1 community leader)
    • Open High School: 2 recommendations (2 middle school teachers)
    • Franklin Military Academy: 2 recommendations ( 1 math teacher, 1 English teacher)
    • Lucille Brown and Thomas Jefferson International Baccalaureate Programme:  2 recommendations (1 teacher, 1 adult who knows the student’s potential/non-relative)
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  • Is there a deadline for uploading recommendation names/email address into the portal?

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    Recommendation names and email addresses must be included as a part of submitted applications by application submission deadline of February 4th.

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  • Is there a reason why I should waive my rights to the recommender?

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    Waiving rights to the recommender gives the teacher or recommender an opportunity to fill out the recommendation to the best of their ability without worrying about any repercussions or having to decline the optional request.  If a teacher declines to provide a recommendation, the applicant will need to seek out another recommender. 

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  • Do I need the teacher’s email addresses to ask them to write a recommendation?

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    It is best practice for the student to first ask the teacher(s) if they would consider filling out a recommendation for them to attend a Specialty School. Once a student receives the teacher’s consent, the student will type in the email addresses of the recommenders into the Smart Choice portal.   All recommendations must be submitted electronically.

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  • How long (word count) are the essays to be for Specialty schools?

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    There is no word count minimum or maximum for the Specialty School application essays. Students may consider 3-5 paragraphs or less depending on the prompt.

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  • Is there more than one way to place my essay in the Smart Choice application portal?

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    Yes. Applicants may complete the essay portion of the application in one of three ways:

    • Students may upload the essay response from a word or pdf document into the portal.

    • Students may type their essay directly into the text box.

    • Students may cut and paste from another document into the Smart Choice text box.

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  • I’m not ready to finalize my essay but want to move forward to the next step of my application.

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    The student may type one word into the essay text box as a placeholder and then click save and
    continue. This will allow your child to move onto other parts of the application. When the student is ready, they must go back to the original text box, remove the placeholder, and upload or type in their essay(s). Please press save and continue, until they are ready to submit the application.

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