Enrolling at Link

Link Community Charter School - Enroll

Link Community Charter School is now accepting enrollment applications for grades 5 through 8 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Students from Newark, East Orange, Irvington and Orange have priority under the charter granted the school by the NJ Department of Education, as do siblings of current students.

Students are selected by Lottery, on dates publicized on the school’s website calendar. It is important that families submit the Enrollment Application as soon as possible, preferably before the January lottery date, to have the best chance in the lottery.

Here are the most Frequently Asked Questions, which should provide you with information about the enrollment and lottery processes. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Greg Silver, director of admissions, at 973.642.0529 or gsilver@linkschool.org.

How do I obtain an Enrollment Application?
Enrollment applications are available as follows:
—Download the application here and print it.

English Version       Spanish Version          Portuguese Version         French Version

—Visit the school and pick it up in our Main Office.
—Pick one up at one of our Open Houses or informational sessions we hold in the public libraries in Newark, Irvington, East Orange and Orange each fall. Dates will be posted when available.

Where do I return the application?
Return it via mail or in person to:

Link Community Charter School
23 Pennsylvania Avenue
Newark, NJ 07114
Or FAX it to 973.642.1978

If my child is currently attending Link, do I need to complete an enrollment form for next year?
Yes, each year, current students wishing to remain at Link Community Charter School must complete an enrollment form.

If my child is currently attending Link, will we need to participate in the lottery?
No, current students do not participate in the lottery as they are given preference, but they MUST complete enrollment forms.

What grades are you enrolling?
Link has four grades –  5 through 8.

How many seats are available in each grade?
There are 72 seats in each of the grades (four teams of 18 students each), with a new 5th grade entering each year.

If I have a student currently attending Link, how do I enroll his/her sibling?
Priority is given to the siblings of current students. We define sibling as a brother or sister living in the same house as a current student. For a sibling to be considered, parents must complete an application. It is important that the application for a sibling be completed and returned to Link before the first lottery in January.

Can I apply even if we live in a town other than those served by your charter (Newark, Irvington, Orange and East Orange)?
Yes, you are welcome to submit enrollment applications. Your child will be considered for enrollment if the pool of students from the towns we serve is exhausted.

What is the deadline for applying?
While there is no actual deadline, we strongly suggest you apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and definitely before the January lottery date. We continue to accept applications and hold lotteries until all seats are filled.

When will the lottery be held?
The first lottery for enrollment will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 5 pm at the school. We will hold others periodically through the winter and spring, and will post the dates to the website calendar and notify prospective families.

Lotteries are held at the school.

When will I know the results of the lottery?
You will be informed of your child’s selection in the lottery directly after it takes place.

What if my child is not selected during the lottery?
Your child will be given a spot on our Wait List. We use the Wait List to fill spaces vacated by students who decide not to pursue at placement at Link or who leave Link during the school year. The Wait List is kept active until June of the following year.

Can I visit the school prior to applying for enrollment?
Families and their children are strongly encouraged to visit Link. This years we will hold Open Houses for Prospective Families, at 6 pm promptly, on the following dates:
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Thursday, February 13, 2018

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled open houses, please call Mr. Silver, director of admissions, at 973.642.0529 to schedule a visit. He would be very happy to give you a tour and explain the benefits of an education at Link!

What do I need to do after I complete the enrollment form and deliver it to Link?
You will wait for the lottery and if your application is among those selected to fill the available seats you will be notified. At a designated time, you will need to demonstrate that your child is enrolled in the public schools in the town you reside in, provide a birth certificate and present us with a transfer card showing your child is being transferred to Link Community Charter School from the board of education in your district of residence.

Who should I contact for more information?
Contact Mr. Silver at 973.642.0529 or gsilver@linkschool.org.