Application & Enrollment Process

Statement of Non-Discriminatory Policy
The Cape Fear Center for Inquiry shall not discriminate against any student on the basis of gender, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, or measures of intellectual ability or achievement or aptitude or athletic ability in its admissions or education programs. Tuition or admission fees shall not be charged to any student.

Application Period
Applications for prospective students will be distributed at scheduled parent meetings. These meetings will be announced and advertised in the Wilmington Star News, on social media, and on our website. Completed applications must be returned to the school office on or before 4:00 p.m. on January 31, 2018, or, if mailed, they must be postmarked on or before that date to be included in the lottery. Our address is: 2525 Wonder Way, Wilmington, NC 28401 and our fax number is: 910-362-0048. The lottery is held mid-February at 9:00 a.m. in the multi-purpose Building at CFCI. You need not be present at the lottery, but are welcome to attend.  You can find more details under the Prospective Student link or the Calendar link on the homepage.

Admissions
Admission to the school is based on a lottery system. There will be a random drawing of lottery numbers to establish enrollment and waiting lists. Maximum class size limits of 20 students in each K and 1st grade class, 22 in each 2nd and 3rd grade class, and 24 in each 4th – 8th grade class will determine the numbers of students allotted for each class. A waiting list will be established using the lottery system whenever capacity is exceeded and the students on the list will be contacted if and when openings occur in the current school year only. The waiting list does not roll over to the following school year. A new application must be completed and turned in to the main school office each school year to be included in the lottery.
The following exceptions to the lottery and admissions process may be made each year, in accordance with the 1997 amendments to G.S. 115C-238.29:
Currently enrolled students will be given first priority. Children of CFCI faculty/staff members will be given second priority. Siblings of currently enrolled students will be given third priority. Siblings constitute brother or sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepbrother, or stepsister who resides in the same household as the currently enrolled student.

Enrollment
Once a student has been admitted to the Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, formal enrollment is required to reserve the student’s space in the school. Enrollment will take place during the month of March. The enrollment procedure will ensure that the school has information necessary to acquire student records which are needed to meet State Board of Education records requirements for charter schools. This information includes birth certificate, immunization record, and transfer records from previous schools (public, private or home schools) including test scores, IEP/504 records and behavioral records. These records are not needed during the enrollment period, but we must receive the enrollment form to reserve the space. All kindergarten enrollment forms must have a copy of the birth certificate attached. A student who has been admitted but who is not enrolled by March 31st will be removed from the list. Waiting lists will be maintained from the time of the lottery through the 20th day of school of the upcoming year. If and when an opening in any grade should occur, the next child on the wait list will be called. After March 31st, parents have 48 hours in which to enroll from the time the offer is extended. If enrollment does not take place within this time frame, the application will be withdrawn. No new students will be admitted after the 20th day of school.