(a) "District school" means a public school under the control of a local school board elected pursuant to Title 20A, Chapter 14, Nomination and Election of State and Local School Boards.
(b) "Refugee" means a person who is eligible to receive benefits and services from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.
(2) All resident students of the state qualify for admission to a charter school, subject to the limitations set forth in this section and Section 53A-1a-506.5.
(3) (a) A charter school shall enroll an eligible student who submits a timely application, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or the charter school. (b) If the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or the charter school, students shall be selected on a random basis, except as provided in Subsections (4) through (8).
*Students may only be enrolled at one public school (including other charter schools). Treeside Charter School only allows dual enrollment for students participating in homeschool or enrolled at a private school. Parents will sign their understanding of this in the Treeside Charter School Acceptance Policy during the registration process.
(4) A charter school may give an enrollment preference to:
(a) a child or grandchild of an individual who has actively participated in the development of the charter school;
(b) a child or grandchild of a member of the charter school governing board;
(c) a sibling of a student presently enrolled in the charter school;
(d) a child of an employee of the charter school;
(e) students articulating between charter schools offering similar programs that are governed by the same governing board;
(f) students articulating from one charter school to another pursuant to an articulation agreement between the charter schools that is approved by the State Charter School Board; or
(g) students who reside within:
(i) the school district in which the charter school is located;
(ii) the municipality in which the charter school is located; or
(iii) a two-mile radius of the charter school.
(5) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(b), a charter school that is approved by the State Board of Education after May 13, 2014, and is located in a high growth area shall give an enrollment preference to students who reside within a two-mile radius of the charter school.
(b) The requirement to give an enrollment preference under Subsection (5)(a) does not apply to a charter school that was approved without a high priority status pursuant to Subsection 53A-1a-502.5(6)(b).
(6) If a district school converts to charter status, the charter school shall give an enrollment preference to students who would have otherwise attended it as a district school.
(7) (a) A charter school whose mission is to enhance learning opportunities for refugees or children of refugee families may give an enrollment preference to refugees or children of refugee families.
(b) A charter school whose mission is to enhance learning opportunities for English language learners may give an enrollment preference to English language learners.
(8) A charter school may weight its lottery to give a slightly better chance of admission to educationally disadvantaged students, including:
(a) low-income students; Utah Code Page 2
(b) students with disabilities;
(c) English language learners;
(d) migrant students;
(e) neglected or delinquent students; and
(f) homeless students.
(9) A charter school may not discriminate in its admission policies or practices on the same basis as other public schools may not discriminate in their admission policies and practices.