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Future Students

Admission Policy

University School has one section each for grades K-5. The kindergarten enrolls 20 students. Grades 1, 2, and 3 each have 22 students. Grades 4 and 5 each enroll 26 students. Grades 6, 7 and 8 have 52 students each. Grades 9-12 have no more than 85 students per grade level. 

Applications to University School are accepted beginning January 1st and ending the last business day of February by 4 p.m.  for the school year beginning in July. All applications received after the cutoff date and time will not be included in the lottery pool.  During early March a random drawing is conducted.  In April students are then invited to interview for enrollment in University School for the next school year based on space availability and order of priority. That priority order is as follows:

First priority is given to children whose parent/guardian is a full-time University School faculty or staff member.
Next in order are siblings of students already enrolled at University School.
The third priority group is residents of Washington County.
The final priority group is students residing outside of Washington County.

Any exception to the “Application and Lottery Procedures” will be made by the ETSU President (who has charged the Provost to submit to him recommendations for final approval).

The initial pool of applicants will be notified by the end of March to attend an interview. Once students have been notified that they have been accepted for an interview to University School, the following forms must be completed, appropriately signed and returned prior to the interview.  Applicants who are eligible for services under 504, IDEA, or ESL must have their prior school's service plan included.  Any false representation(s) on required documents may result in admission refusal/dismissal from University School. 

·         Application form

·         Special Education Records (if applicable)

·         504 Records (if applicable)

Immunization record
Birth certificate
Social Security Card
Final Report card from previous school
Copy of legal documentation certifying physical custody if applicable (does not require entire divorce/separation document) 
Standardized tests records

During the interview, University School reserves the right to screen applicants for past attendance, academic, and discipline problems. A letter of acceptance or non-admittance will be mailed in a timely manner following the interview.

Application received after the cutoff date in February will be stamped and dated recording when they were received and will be added to the waiting list in the order they are received.  As openings become available, students will be called for the interview process in the order of their placement on the waiting list.

Applicants who are not admitted will have to reapply January 1 through February 28 to be considered for the next school year.

Continued enrollment
In early January parents/guardians of currently enrolled students will receive a re-enrollment form for their child. This form must be returned by the last business day in February to maintain your child's place at University School.

Students who have previously withdrawn must reenter the lottery for admission or be placed on the waiting list for the first available opening.

Following dismissal, an applicant who chooses to reapply should present documentation of a minimum of one semester of acceptable behavior, attendance and academic progress prior to the readmission interview.  A probationary contract between the student, the parents/guardians, and University School might be signed as a condition to readmission if deemed necessary by the administration.


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