What is the process for 2018-19 enrollment?

Enrollment Details for next school year 2018-19 

Current students must submit the re-enrollment form to continue for the 2018-19 school year. 

The first enrollment period ends Dec. 15th, 2017. Enrollment period two will be Dec. 16-Dec. 31. Subsequent enrollment periods will be held each two calendar months until all spaces are allocated. During an enrollment period, if the number of enrollment requests exceeds the number of available spots, a lottery will be held. Consistent with the neighborhood boundary preference voted as school policy, residents of Vineyard and Lindon will be given a slight advantage in any required lottery. After an Enrollment Period closes, students are matched to available slots by grade, beginning with grade 6.

  • If a student is admitted that has younger siblings, the younger siblings are automatically admitted, provided space is available. If space is not available for a sibling, the sibling will be placed at the top of that grade level’s wait list.
  • If a grade has enough seats for all students requesting a seat in that grade level, all are admitted.
  • If a grade does not have enough seats for everyone in that grade level, a random lottery will be conducted for that grade only.
  • Offers will be extended to those chosen in the lottery.  
  • Students not chosen in the lottery will be placed on a waitlist. The waitlist will be organized by the date the student applied, with the oldest applications first.
  • Once a grade level has a waitlist, students from that grade enrolling in future Enrollment Periods are added to the back of the waitlist. If a seat becomes available, it goes to the next student on the waitlist (The lottery is used once, in the month enrollment exceeded available slots by grade, and after that open slots are handled with the waitlist).
  • Students offered a spot must confirm within 3 business days. Additionally, a re-confirmation email will be sent May 1, 2018, and a response will be due by May 10, 2018.  Students who do not provide both confirmations will forfeit their spot. Registration materials are due May 15th, 2018.  If registration materials are not received by May 15th, the student will forfeit their spot.
  • Franklin Discovery is a school of choice.  Parents and students must agree to the school's policies and procedures for continued admission.  
  • Franklin Discovery is a unique school with lots of movement, noise, and freedom. Please bring your student for a tour if you are considering our school to make sure we are a good fit for your student.

Non-discrimination Statement

Franklin Discovery Academy - Vineyard does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, status as a disabled individual, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information or protected veteran’s status, in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other school benefits or services. 


What makes Franklin Discovery Academy different than other charter schools?

Research shows that modern schools are moving towards an emphasis on academics rather than learning. This means that schools are often more concerned with the mechanics of academics than actually learning. For example: how to take a test, rote memorization of information, and "siloing" of subjects.

At Franklin Discovery Academy, we want our students to learn. We want them to learn how science works in the world around them. We want them to know how math impacts art and how art impacts literacy and vice versa. We want them to learn how to read a book and apply what they learn. Memorization does have space in our school for some of the key fundamental information students must know, but our main focus is on learning. 


Why doesn't Franklin Discovery Academy have homework?

Research does not support that homework at the younger grades has any meaningful benefit. One of the reasons our homerooms are open longer is so that any practice a student needs to do can be done at the school. Excess homework has been shown to interfere with a child's relationship with immediate and extended family members and their larger community. Excess homework limits a child's ability to have valuable, unstructured play time while at home. 

There are many meaningful community activities that families can do to encourage learning outside of school. Check out our For fun! page for ideas.


How are charter schools governed?

Charter schools have their own governing boards and most operate independently of local school districts. Click here to see our Governing Board. The Utah State Board of Education and the State Charter School Board have oversight responsibility for charter schools and annually review the progress of every charter school.

Additionally, Franklin Discovery Academy has committees. Committees have an important role at our school. They are formed by the governing board to promote the development of mission, vision, future strategic plans, and financial security for the school. Click here to see our committees. 


How does the kindergarten program work?

Kindergarteners need to learn the foundational skills which support reading and writing. They spend more time with books and paper than with technology. Our kindergarten uses a "rotation model" where students learn in seven subject-based learning centers. 

Our kindergarten has its own drop-off/pick up area and its own play area. 


Does Franklin Discovery Academy require family volunteer hours?

We ask that every family commit to 20 hours per school year of volunteer work. Our amazing volunteers enable our students to enjoy extra fun educational activities.

Does Franklin Discovery Academy participate in the National Food and Lunch Program?

Yes, we participate in the NFLP program. Students may purchase lunch at school on the days that school is in session.  Click here for more information.

What fees does Franklin Discovery Academy charge?

 Franklin Discovery Academy is a public charter school and as a public charter school, you will never be charged tuition.