Admissions Procedures

Admissions Procedures

Admission to School Lane Charter School follows the process and procedures set forth in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Charter School law. SLCS is a public school and open to all students who live in the Commonwealth. As per the law, siblings of current students are given first priority for any openings. (Sibling designation occurs after an School Lane student attends SLCS for a school year)` Bensalem residents receive second priority. Residents of other districts are accepted only after the sibling and Bensalem waitlists have been exhausted for that grade level. School Lane Charter School does not discriminate any person on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information or any other classification otherwise protected by applicable state and/or federal laws.

Application Process

Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will first be available in-person beginning in November, before reverting to electronically in January.

Enrollment Applications for our wait list will OPEN IN PERSON on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 9:00 am at our Elementary Campus (K-6) and at our IB Campus (grades 7-12). The Elementary Campus is located at 2400 Bristol Pike and the IB Campus is located at 3350 Tillman Drive, both in Bensalem, PA.

To have a complete application you MUST bring the following documents with you:

·               Proof of Age – Ex:  Student’s State issued birth certificate or Passport, etc.

·               Up to date immunization record

·               School Lane requires 4 proofs of residency.

o   One (1) must be a current utility bill (electric, gas, water or cable television statement)

o   One (1) must be proof of home ownership or lease agreement (agreement of sale/lease, mortgage statement, property deed, statement of homeowner’s insurance)

o   Two (2) additional proofs of residency may be: another utility bill, pay stub, driver's license, vehicle registration card or car insurance.

·               All proofs of residency must include the parent/guardian’s current address. 

If you are a multiple occupancy resident in Bensalem Township, there is additional paperwork that must be notarized and additional proofs of residency needed to complete your application.  Please send a message to requesting the documents needed or call our Admission Office at 215-245-6055 ext. 620 prior to completing your application.

Families can enroll all of their children at either campus. After November 4, 2023 applications can be taken at the front office of either campus from 9am – 2pm during any school day.

The online application will open on January 19, 2024 at 10:00 am. Online application will be time and date stamped once all necessary documents are uploaded with the application. Applicants using the online application will be entered on the waitlist behind those applications that have already been received from in person applications from November 4, 2023 through January 18, 2024, including those applying for Kindergarten spots. In person applications will continue to be taken during the application period.

Placement on the wait list for grades 1 – 12: 

The submission of a completed application is time and date stamped when you have handed all required documents in person or up load the required documents and hit the submission button for an online application.  Students are placed on the waiting list by grade and district of residence via the time and date stamp.  School Lane Charter School will give you a call if and when an opening occurs in the grade level requested.  If you do not hear from SLCS, your child has not been admitted.  Enrollment openings occur when a student leaves SLCS for another school. Openings are filled through March 1 of the current school year. School Lane will notify via phone call if your child is accepted for enrollment. If you receive a phone call regarding your child’s acceptance at School Lane, you will have 24 hours to respond to the call/voicemail message that has been left. If we do not hear from you within the 24 hour time mentioned your child will lose their spot at School Lane.  Students in ninth grade (9th) enrollment calls will begin in January prior to the enrollment year. 

If your child has not received an acceptance call for enrollment before or during the school year you applied, you must re-apply each year for placement on School Lane Charter School’s waiting list.

Placement on the wait list for Kindergarten:

Student enrollment for kindergarten is by lottery.  Students must be 5 years old by September 1 the year they are enrolling in kindergarten to be eligible for application and enrollment. You must submit an application prior to December 20, 2023 to be considered part of the lottery for the school year beginning the following August. Children’s names are placed on the waitlist via randomized lottery  at a public meeting via Zoom held at 6:00pm.   After the Kindergarten lottery any additional new applicants will be placed at the bottom of the list by order of time and date of the submitted application. 

Enrollment Acceptance K-12:

Once you receive enrollment acceptance, you need to complete additional paperwork by the given deadline date in order to guarantee your child’s enrollment/space at SLCS.  School Lane will provide you a date and time to come to School Lane to complete the acceptance paperwork.