Westlake Academy’s admission process is driven by the legal requirements set by state and federal agencies for operating open enrollment charter schools. We have a Board adopted admission policy which may be viewed here. These policies must align with state and federal requirements, and approved by the Texas Education Agency. The school will not discriminate in admissions based on gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, academic, artistic, athletic ability, or the district the child would otherwise attend.
As an open enrollment charter school, we accept applications from all students within the geographic areas defined under the Admission Requirements tab. The students residing in the primary boundary are admitted upon the completion of the enrollment packet and establishing proof of residency. Applications from students residing in the secondary boundaries are accepted in December and January each year. If more students apply for admission than can be admitted, the Academy is required to conduct a lottery. This random selection process is used to determine the order students will be admitted from the waiting list.
Students are exempted from the lottery if they meet one of the following criteria and in the following order:
1. Residency in the primary boundary (the Town of Westlake) or children of the employees of the Town of Westlake, or children of Westlake Academy’s founders, teachers, and staff (so long as the total number of students allowed under this exemption constitutes only a small percentage of the school’s total enrollment).
2. Siblings of students already admitted to or attending the same charter school.
Once a student is admitted through the lottery process, their siblings are removed from the lottery waiting list and are added to the sibling waiting list. The list is ordered based upon the date of entry of the first sibling admitted to the Academy. Students on the sibling waiting list are granted admittance to the Academy before students on the regular waiting list, based upon available openings. Available openings are any openings that are not filled by students residing in the primary boundary, and the children of staff from the Town of Westlake, which includes all academic and municipal employees.