How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Rowlett Middle Academy!
 
Open Choice Application Window has closed for the 22-23 school year.
 
However, applications for our middle academy are continuously accepted through our online application system for our waiting list after the “School Choice” window has closed.
Choice information for the 23-24 school year will be posted on our website during the month of December 2022.
 
How to Apply - Rowlett Elementary Academy Families:
The transition forms will be submitted late November to mid-December of each school year.  REA student transition forms that are received after the closing December dates will be entered into the community lottery.  All REA applications submitted within the Transition Period will be accepted regardless of when the transition forms are submitted on the first day or the last day of the Transition Period.  
 
How to apply - Community Families attending any other school than Rowlett Elementary Academy. 
Information for open application for the “School Choice” period for the 2023-2024 school year will appear on our website early in January each year.  All applications submitted within the Open Application period will have an equal opportunity for selection, regardless of when the applications are submitted on the first day or the last day of the Open Application period.  
 
Please contact our school office at 941-462-4001 and/or email our Choice Coordinator, Ms. Dudley Leigh with any questions: [email protected]
 
Be sure to check out our "All About Us" video, explore our website, and our brochures (at the bottom of this page).

Lottery Details
If the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or building, all eligible applicants shall have an equal chance of being admitted through a random selection process that complies with Florida law. The lottery will create a primary list of students and the initial waiting list from the students who have applied. Numbers will be randomly chosen to decide which students will be accepted into the school openings in each class offered. 
 
Choice Confirmation
All students who are granted acceptance will be notified, sent paperwork, and will be required to submit the paperwork within 14 days.  If the paperwork is not received within the deadline date, the next student on the waiting list will be granted that position.  If you have questions regarding the paperwork, please call Mrs. Maria Hannaseck, RMA’s registrar at 941-462-4001 extension 1103.
 
Required Documents to Finalize Registration and Enrollment
Once we have received your verbal or email confirmation accepting choice placement at Rowlett Middle Academy, the following Registration and Enrollment paperwork will be requested and required to be submitted within the deadline posted on your RMA acceptance letter:
1.     Enrollment form, RMA parent and student contract, and commitment form
2.    Parent valid driver’s license/State of Florida issued ID card (for identification purposes only)
3.    One of the following; a current Mortgage statement, rental agreement, or utility bill
4.    Student’s Birth certificate
5.    Student Immunization record and health physical
6.    Prior middle school courses and grades if applying for 7th or 8th grade
7.    Student Social Security documentation
8.    Court Custody documents if applicable

Note: if you are living with a family and you are not the homeowner, you will need to complete and provide a Homeowners’ Acknowledgement of Residency (a statement/letter from the person you are currently residing with affirming this fact).
 
Controlled Open Enrollment
Florida has an open borders policy. Controlled Open Enrollment allows a parent from any school district in the state to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to any public school, including charter schools, that has not reached capacity. 
 
For more information, please visit FL DOE’s website: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/other-school-choice-options/controlled-open-enrollment.stml.
 
School Capacity: 670
 
Student Capacity by Grade Level
Below is our student capacity/seat availability, by grade level, as of August 30, 2022. We are required to update this information every 12 weeks --please note that the capacity number may change during the 12-week period as family members may withdraw or new families apply. We suggest you apply if you are interested to be added to the school's waiting list and/or reach out to our school’s registrar for the status.
 

Grade Level

Available Seats

6

0

7

0

8

0

 
Frequently Asked Questions:
 
How can I find out information about Rowlett Middle Academy?
We encourage our interested families to attend an application informational session to find out more about our school and the programs we offer.  This is the perfect platform to ask additional questions, tour our school, and meet members of our faculty.  Exploring our website is also a wonderful resource for information.
 
How can I apply if I do not have a computer or internet access?
Contact our school for assistance.  We are more than glad to provide you with the needed paperwork for applying, registering, and enrolling.
 
Can I list all my children on one application?
No, an application packet needs to be completed for each student who desires to attend RMA.
 
If my child is a current student, do I need to apply again each year?
No, your child automatically has a space in the appropriate grade level for the next school year if the Intent to Return form is completed by the deadline.
 
If I have one child who currently attends RMA and I would like another one of my children to attend RMA, what should I do?
You need to fill out and complete all required application forms during the open enrollment for the other child.  Please remember to list the currently enrolled student under the “sibling” section of the application to receive sibling preference in the lottery.
 
The Open Application Period has ended, am I still able to apply?
We continuously accept complete application packets.  If there is a seat available in the grade level that you are applying for, an offer will be made by phone or through email.  If there are no openings in the grade level you are applying for, your child’s application will be placed on the waiting list in the date order once all required application paperwork has been received.
 
I am currently on the waiting list.  Does the waiting list expire once the new lottery is run or does it carry over?
Applications are year specific.  Applications submitted for the current school are only valid for that school year.  If your child is currently on the waiting list, please submit a new application during the next school year’s Open Application period.
 
If my child is on the waiting list, do I need to contact you to find out where he/she stands on the list?
Parents will be contacted by phone or email as soon as their child’s name moves to the position that will allow them placement.  
 
My child is on the waiting list but has moved down a spot.  How is this possible?
Undoubtedly this is frustrating.  We follow the preferences permitted by the State of Florida (sibling, military, employee, etc.) For example, when one sibling is accepted and has another sibling on the waiting list in another grade, that waitlisted sibling gets an enrollment preference, meaning they move to the top of the waitlist. 
 
What happens if my child’s name is chosen during the lottery?
You will be contacted by phone or email if your child is offered a seat.  Once your student receives an offer, confirm the acceptance and you will need to complete and return all required paperwork within 14 calendar days.  
 
What happens if my child’s name is chosen after the lottery?  
You will be contacted by phone or email if your child is being offered a seat after the lottery period or during the summer.  Once your student receives an offer, confirm the acceptance and you will need to complete and return all required paperwork within 7 calendar days.

Is there a tuition fee to attend RMA?
No, Rowlett Middle Academy is a public charter school and there is no tuition payment to attend.
 
Does my child need to wear a uniform?
Yes.  We have a uniform and school colors that must be worn to attend RMA.  Please see either the Parent or Student Tab on our website. Scroll down to uniform policy.  The RMA uniform options may be reviewed there.
 
Does Rowlett Middle Academy provide transportation?
Transportation is available on a first come first serve basis.  Parents must sign up for bus transportation.  Bus hubs are located in various public locations around Manatee County.  Parents may also drop off and pick up students.  Students who live less than two miles away may walk or ride bicycles to and from school.  Rowlett Middle Academy also offers before and after school care.
 
 

Lottery Details

In the event that the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or building, all eligible applicants shall have an equal chance of being admitted through a random selection process that complies with Florida law. A lottery will be held to determine which students will be accepted. The School will inform the Sponsor and the public of the registration period date, time and location of any required random selection process. The lottery will be held in public and/or witnessed by an independent third party. The Sponsor shall have the right to observe the process. The lottery will create a primary list of students and the initial waiting list from the students who have applied. Numbers will be randomly chosen to decide which students will be accepted into the school openings in each class offered. All students who are granted acceptance will be notified, and asked to respond whether they will be attending. If not, the next student on the list will be granted that position.
 
 
Controlled Open Enrollment

Florida has an open borders policy. Controlled Open Enrollment allows a parent from any school district in the state to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to any public school, including charter schools, that has not reached capacity. 
 
 
School Capacity: 670
 
Student Capacity by Grade Level
Below is our student capacity/seat availability, by grade level, as of August 30, 2022. We are required to update this information every 12 weeks --please note that the capacity number may change during the 12-week period as family members may withdraw or new families apply. We suggest you apply if you are interested to be added to the school's waiting list and/or reach out to our school for the status.
 
Available Seat Data

Grade Level Available Seats
6 0
7 0
8 0