As a public service, if you’re interested, we are here providing the facts concerning the Ross Valley Charter Intent to Enroll form.
1) The Ross Valley Charter Intent to Enroll process, and timeline, are dictated by the California Department of Education.
2) “Meaningfully interested” means interested. Contrary to what some falsely claim, it does not mean anything other than just that. Nor is that the point of the “Intent To Enroll” process.
3) Last year RVC gained 40 new students during the school year. The school is near the number of students provided last year at this time.
4) Just like any school or district (including RVSD), it’s impossible to predict in the fall exactly how many kids will show up at the doors almost a year later. Enrollment projection is a chronically tough process that often ties districts up in heated knots in every corner of the country (including RVSD throughout its history). So the state requires that RVC provides some evidence-based assessment of who is interested in RVC. Use of Intent to Enroll forms has proven to be an effective representation of likely participation.
6) Prop 39 charter schools are strongly incented to not over-project. The penalties for over-projection go to the hosting school district – in this case, RVSD (which already benefits from rent for otherwise underutilized facilities with a declining middle school population). There will no penalties for 2018-19.