Enrollment

Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child in Orlando Science Schools!

Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child in Orlando Science Schools! Orlando Science School is a STEM-focused, tuition-free, public charter school serving grades K-12. Orlando Science School was named best public high school in Central Florida by US News and best in Orlando by Niche.

IMPORTANT: We have implemented a new Online Application process that encompasses our entire school system. In this new format, you will see contact information for Orlando Science School and also our other system schools of Seminole Science Charter School and Osceola Science Charter School. Please disregard the information for the other system schools if you are only interested in applying to Orlando Science School.
If, however, you are wanting to apply to more than one school in our system (e.g. Osceola Science AND Orlando Science) you may do so very easily by putting one as your First School of Choice and the other as your Second School of Choice within one Online Application. Your student will then be included in the Lottery Drawing/Waitlist for both of the selected schools according to the choice order submitted.

Please visit this link to submit your application for

the 2022-2023 school year.

Please visit this link to submit your application for

the 2023-2024 school year.

LOTTERY DRAWING

Applicants are welcome to attend though it is not required and will not influence the chance for enrollment.

Viewing Options:

  • VIRTUAL – the Lottery Drawing will be broadcast virtually via the following link: LINK HERE (Link will be activated the day of the event)
  • IN-PERSON – limited seating will be available for those who want to view the drawing in-person. More information to come.

During the Lottery process, all applications submitted during the Open Enrollment Window will have equal opportunity in the drawing. After capacity is reached, a Waitlist will be formed for each grade with the remaining applicants.

An email will be sent to those selected during the Lottery within two weeks. The email will contain instructions regarding the enrollment process. It is imperative the instructions are followed precisely.

Questions? 

Contact OSESEnrollment@orlandoscience.org (K-6), OSMSEnrollment@orlandoscience.org (7-8), or OSHSEnrollment@orlandoscience.org (9-12)

AGE REQUIREMENT

Incoming Kindergarten and Grade 1 students must meet the minimum age requirements as specified in Florida Statute.

RESIDENCY

Students who currently reside in Orange County will be given priority. Applicants must provide verification of Orange County residency at the time of enrollment. Exceptions may be made for those in the process of relocating to Orange County on a case-by-case basis with the deadline to submit verification no later than one month following the Lottery Drawing.

Please refer to the Controlled Open Enrollment section below for more details.

ADMISSION POLICY

Orlando Science School is open to any student who is eligible to attend traditional Orange County Public Schools and submits a timely application. The school will admit students of any race, color, national origin, religion, or gender.

The deadlines for Open Enrollment, Online Applications, Lottery Date, and Open Houses will be publicly announced on the school website and available through the front office.

If the school receives more applications than the available spots, a lottery will be held.

As provided for in Florida’s Charter School Legislation, the school will give enrollment priority to the following student populations:

  • Students who are siblings of a student currently enrolled in the school,
  • Students who are the children of an employee or governing Board Member of the school, and
  • Students who are currently attending within the Orlando Science School System once they become Orange County residents (Seminole Science Charter School and Osceola Science Charter School)

If students in these categories exceed vacancies, a Lottery will be held.

Students with an active or pending expulsion on their record, an expulsion which occurred within the past 12 months, or an expulsion that occurs prior to the start of the application school year are not considered for enrollment at Orlando Science School.

Failure to disclose an expulsion on a student’s application and/or enrollment form violates the Terms and Conditions of the form and will result in immediate dismissal of the application and/or withdrawal of the student.

If a student is offered enrollment, and they have an expulsion on record which occurred within the past 3 years, documentation of the expulsion will be required for review by the campus administration prior to finalizing the enrollment. Additional disciplinary documentation may also be requested to support the final enrollment determination.

RE-ENROLLMENT

Once a student has gained admission to Orlando Science School, they are not required to complete Online Applications or Lottery procedures for each following year. Existing students receive a Re-Enrollment form on which they indicate whether they intend to return for the following school year.

Students who specify on their Re-Enrollment form that they intend to return will be saved a seat.

Students who withdraw from the school are required to reapply and go through the Lottery and Waitlist process to try and gain readmission.

OPEN ENROLLMENT WINDOW & ONLINE APPLICATION

Orlando Science School is accepting applications for Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Online Applications received during the Open Application Window will be included in the Lottery Drawing. Online Applications received following the Open Application Window will be added to the end of the Waitlist in the order in which they are received.

Upon successful completion of the Online Application, you will receive an on-screen confirmation, as well as an email confirmation. You will also be able to revisit your account Dashboard at any time to view your submissions. If you do not receive confirmation, please check your Spam folder or try to resubmit using a different browser or device. A successfully submitted application will show under “Submitted Forms” in your PowerSchool Dashboard. No further communication will be sent until a spot comes available for your student.

Duplicate entries are removed prior to the Lottery Drawing process ensuring each student only has one application being considered during the drawing.

Please Note: Online Applications remain valid only for the school year for which they were submitted. If your student is not drawn in the Lottery, or selected from the Waitlist, please remember to resubmit an Online Application for the following school year when it comes available in the Fall.

OPEN HOUSES

Open Houses provide an opportunity for families to explore the campus, meet students and staff, and attend a presentation that will highlight up-to-date information regarding the school’s programs. Dates and times of upcoming Open Houses can be found in the graphic above.

K-6

Orlando Science Elementary – Technology Campus

2611 Technology Drive, Orlando FL 32804

7 & 8

Orlando Science Middle School – Lynx Campus

2427 Lynx Lane, Orlando FL 32804

9-12

Orlando Science High School – Technology Campus

2600 Technology Drive, Orlando FL 32804

WAITLIST POLICY

Students who are not drawn in the Lottery will remain on the Waitlist until the end of the applying school year. Any positions that open following the Lottery will be offered first to waiting Siblings then to students on the Standard Waitlist.

The number of students on the Waitlist varies from grade to grade and year to year based on the movement of existing students and capacity changes. A student’s Waitlist position can be monitored by visiting the snapcode link sent out within one week of the Lottery Drawing. The snapcode link is unique to each student and reflects the most up-to-date Waitlist information. The snapcode link for those applying outside the Open Enrollment window may not be available for several weeks following submission of the application.

SIBLING POLICY

The Sibling Policy is strictly reserved for siblings. Extended family members, friends, etc. do not qualify for Sibling preference. The only exception is in instances of Educational or Legal Guardianship being awarded to the parent of an existing student for a student who is not a sibling.

Existing Students

For students currently enrolled with Orlando Science School, should the family wish for another sibling to begin attending the school, they provide that information on the annual Re-Enrollment form and complete the Online Application for the new student. Open seats will be offered first to waiting siblings, then to students on the Standard Waitlist.

New Enrollees

When submitting an Online Application, be certain to complete the application for all children within the same family from the same PowerSchool account. Also include the sibling details in each application in the appropriate Sibling section. By doing so, members of the same family will be linked in order to easily identify them for sibling priority should one or more be offered enrollment.

While we would like to enroll all siblings at the same time, it is sometimes not immediately possible due to capacity restrictions for each grade.

CONTROLLED OPEN ENROLLMENT

Orlando Science School has implemented a Controlled Open Enrollment Plan as of the 2017-2018 school year in compliance with State regulations. The school will allow a parent from any school district in the state, whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension, to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to our school provided that we have not yet reached capacity, subject to the maximum class size which is mandated by the State of Florida. The school would be considered ‘not at capacity’ if all in-county applicants have been offered a spot but vacancies still remain. At that point, out-of-county applicants would be contacted.

Transportation service is not currently available.

Students who currently attend Orlando Science School and move out-of-county will have the option of remaining enrolled as Transfer students.

Transfers will remain in effect unless:

  • the student is excessively tardy or absent as per Orange County policy
  • parents are excessively late picking students up from the After School Care Program
  • the student is referred for disciplinary action

If any of these occur, the student will be withdrawn.