Our enrollment team works diligently to make the annual re-enrollment process as painless as possible, but we want to make things even easier for TC Christian families! Why should you have to repeat a process for something to which you’re likely already committed, namely a quality Christian education for your children. At the same time, in order to budget and plan for the next school year, including hiring and retaining the very best teachers and staff, our leadership team needs to know who is committed. That’s why we launched Continuous Enrollment.
For planning and budgeting purposes, we need to know how many students to plan for on the first day of school. In past years, our admissions staff would send a re-enrollment agreement to each family. Parent(s) were expected to sign and return this by the end of April if they were planning to re-enroll their child(ren) for the next school year. Until TCCS families “signed on the dotted line” that they were coming back each year, we could not make solid plans for staffing, programs, class offerings, materials, curriculum, and facility usage.
Re-enrollment is an “opt-in” program. Annually, we asked every family, “Are you coming back?” In a sense, we were requiring the vast majority of families to go through this process time and again when, in actuality, only a few families had decided not to return. On average we have over 90% of our student body returning for the next school year. So everyone had to go through re-enrollment paperwork for the sake of a small group.
Continuous Enrollment flips that script. Rather than an ‘opt-IN’ process each year, our annual re-enrollment period is now an ‘opt-OUT’. assumes you’re in and your child’s place at TC Christian is secured. If you choose to is now an ‘Opt-OUT’ opportunity. Simply let us know if you are not planning to return next year.
Simply let us know if you are not planning to return next year. For the majority of families, if you’re coming back and you’ve signed your “Continuous Enrollment agreement,” you won’t have to do a thing!
Every February you will receive a reminder from the school informing everyone that unless you tell us otherwise, your spot in the school is already confirmed. Any family thinking about opting out is asked to notify us by March 8. This helps us with planning for the coming school year. If previous years are any indication, the vast majority of TCCS families will have the convenience of giving this message a cursory look and letting it go!
No. Continuous Enrollment simply expedites the flow of students from one year to the next.
Just as we do each year, tuition rates will be set and shared in February. If you are already enrolled and on a payment plan, your plan will simply roll over to the next year with any necessary updates included (e.g. grade advancement, tuition rate adjustment, Variable Tuition awards). To make a change to your payment plan at any time, or to set one up, simply notify the Business office as soon as you can.
No, your Variable Tuition (VT) award is not impacted by Continuous Enrollment. However, since VT is needs-based and allocated on an annual basis, each year you will need to submit FACTS documents to support your VT request.
If you qualify for Variable Tuition and decline your award, you may ‘dis-enroll’ without penalty, providing you do so within 14 days from the announcement of your Variable Tuition award.
We have created an easy one-page opt-out form for your use. To notify the school that your child will not be returning in the fall, simply request this form by emailing Deb Gleason (email@example.com) in the Enrollment office and submit it by the March 8 opt-out deadline.
Especially in preschool and kindergarten, students may need an additional year at a grade level. These discussions will occur between you and the teacher. If a child will remain in the same grade-level for another academic year, it is just a matter of a change on the school’s side and will require no changes to your enrollment.
Again, TC Christian makes decisions related to hiring staff, classes, and purchasing additional curriculum and materials based on anticipated enrollment. Your future plans influence our current decisions.
For that reason, if you notify TC Christian of your decision to opt out of your agreement for the following school year by March 8 of the current year, there is no penalty. However, if you notify us of your child’s withdrawal after the opt out date, TC Christian will charge your FACTS Tuition account one month of the upcoming year’s tuition.
We understand that life takes other turns than what we had imagined, so we’ve built flexibility into this agreement.
If the March 8 deadline passes, and you then find you must leave due to major life changes and unforeseen circumstances, our Board of Trustees will review your unique situation on a case-by-case basis to consider releasing you from the agreement. The Board reserves the right to examine the merits of each individual case, but in general for unique circumstances, such as those listed below, families dis-enrolling after March 8 will be exempt from the withdrawal penalty:
Continuous Enrollment is a simple one-time process. Once you sign your Continuous Enrollment agreement, you’ll never have to deal with re-enrollment again. Again, our motto is “Set it and Forget it”— sign one Continuous Enrollment agreement and you are done for the rest of your child’s schooling at TC Christian.
You will be part of the TCCS community until you tell us otherwise, and your child’s spot in their class will be secure until graduation. In the event that things do change, you’ll have until March 8 every year to simply notify the school and face absolutely no penalty.
Parents may log into and update their information in FACTS/ParentWeb at any time during the year. We will also send you an email in June reminding you to review and update your information online.
Several policies/forms are covered in the Continuous Enrollment agreement.
Occasionally, at certain grade levels, you may be asked to submit additional permission forms (for example, student driver authorization). These forms will be included in the online verification communication in June.
For questions about Continuous Enrollment, please contact:
|Deb Gleason||Enrollment Officefirstname.lastname@example.org||231.929.1747 ext 143|
|David Best||Finance Officeemail@example.com||231.929.1747 ext 124|
|Steve Anderson||Admissions Officefirstname.lastname@example.org||231.929.1747 ext 127|
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