Below is a list of frequently asked questions. Please feel free to contact us if you have a question that is not answered on this page.
What is a Charter?
Charter schools are public schools of choice. They are among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida. Charter schools are largely free to innovate, and often provide more effective programs and choice to diverse groups of students. The Learning Center is a public charter school operating within the School District of Palm Beach County. Additional information about Florida Charter Schools can be found at the Florida Department of Education School Choice website: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/charter-schools/.
Who is eligible to attend a Charter School?
Currently, charter schools are open to students residing within the district. However beginning in 2017-2018 school year on a statewide basis this has been revised to allow students to apply and transfer to public schools on a statewide basis.
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, a parent whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension order may seek enrollment in and transport his or her child to any public school in the state, including a charter school, which has not reached capacity.
Students residing in the school district;
- Each charter school may provide preferential treatment in the controlled open enrollment process to the enrollment limitations consistent with law and its charter contract. The charter school must post the application process required to participate in controlled open enrollment on its website.
- Students residing in the school district may not be displaced by a student from another district. A student who transfers may remain at the school until the student completes the highest grade level offered.
A charter school may give enrollment preference to the following student populations:
- Siblings of current charter school students
- Children of a charter school governing board member or employee
- Children of an active-duty member of any branch of the US Armed Forces.
Are charter school teachers required to be certified?
Teachers employed by or under contract to a charter school are required to be certified (Ch. 1012, F.S.). All teachers employed by The Learning Center must meet the district and state requirements set forth by the Dept. of Education.
How are charter schools funded?
Charter schools are funded through the Florida Education Finance Program in the same way as all other public schools in the school district. The charter school receives operating funds from the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) based on the number of full-time (FTE) students enrolled.
What is the tuition?
There is no tuition to attend.
What is the difference between a traditional public school and TLC?
Similarities: Charter schools must also comply with any statute governing public records; public meetings and records; public inspection; and penalties (Ch. 119, F.S.). In addition, charter schools must use facilities that comply with the Florida Building Code (Ch. 553, F.S.) and Florida Fire Prevention Code (s. 633.025, F.S.), but are exempt from compliance with the State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF).
Similarities: The Learning Center offers curriculum based-state approved standards and a modified curriculum (Access Points), develop and complies with each child’s Individualized Educational Plan.
Difference: Charter schools may create innovative measurement tools; provide competition to stimulate improvement in traditional schools; expand capacity of the public school system.
Differences: The Learning Center is follows the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, applying mythologies within the curriculum. All staff receive rigorous training within the ABA practices and research based therapies specific to improving the lives of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Differences: The Learning Center is an exceptional education center.
How do I request a tour?
Contact the office at 561-320-9500 to schedule a tour. Additionally, there are monthly group tours available, register online at: http://www.elsforautism.com/site/PageServer?pagename=Center_Excellence_Tours.
How can I be placed on the waiting list?
In order to be placed on the waiting list you must have an IEP with the primary exceptionality of Autism Spectrum Disorder for K-8 and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder or Development Delay for ages 3-5.
How can I find out if my child is eligible to apply to The Learning Center?
Eligibility requirements must be met as required by the Department of Education. An application is available online along with the submission of your child’s most recent IEP. http://thelearningcenter.org/admissions/.
What is an IEP?
The IEP, Individualized Education Program, is a document that is developed for each public school child who is eligible for special education. The IEP is created through a team effort with a required annual review and development.
If I currently am not enrolled at The Learning Center and do not have an IEP what do I do?
The Florida Department of Education requires that you go to your home public school or contact your school district area office.