FernLeaf is a tuition free K-12 Public Charter School currently accepting applications for grades K-6.
Applications received after March 31 will be added to the waiting list for each grade in the order received.
Applying is easy!
1. Schedule a tour (not required but strongly encouraged) There is no better way to get to know our unique school community than a tour. FernLeaf is a wonderful school but it is not for everyone. We strongly encourage families to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about FernLeaf's mission, values, and hands-on approach to learning. Click here for information on scheduling a tour.
2. Complete an Enrollment Application online during Open Enrollment beginning January 1st through March 31. Applications received after March 31 will be added to the waiting list in the order received.
3. Submit Proof of Residency (scan or photo - see FAQ below for acceptable documents).
Application and Enrollment FAQ:
Should I schedule a tour before applying?
ABSOLUTELY! There is no better way to get to know our unique school community than a tour. FernLeaf is a wonderful school but it is not for everyone. Making sure FernLeaf is a good fit for your child and family is an important first step. Before applying, families should take advantage of this opportunity to learn about FernLeaf's hands-on approach to learning, mission, and values.Click here to schedule a tour.
How do I apply to enroll my child at FernLeaf?
Online applications are available on the FernLeaf website or you may request a hard copy be mailed to you. Applications cannot be considered complete and cannot be processed until proof of residency is received.
What information do I need to complete an application?
Less than 5 minutes to complete the requested information and submit proof of residency.
Do I have to live in Henderson County to apply?
No, any student domiciled in North Carolina may apply.
I currently live out of state but am moving to North Carolina soon, can I still apply now?
Yes, however you must be domiciled in North Carolina prior to the start of the school year.
How will I know if FernLeaf has received my application and if it is complete?
A FernLeaf representative will contact you by email or phone within 1 week confirming the status of your application. Upon receipt of all required items, you will receive an application number which will be used for student identification in the lottery.
Will there be a lottery?
If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available student slots for a particular grade level, a lottery will be held. We anticipate this being the case every year due to the interest and demand.
How will I know if my child has been accepted?
After the lottery, FernLeaf will contact the parents/guardians of all students who have been selected. The results of the lottery, including waiting list, will be available on the school’s website by the following day for a limited time. Results will also be posted on the doors of the school and Parents/Guardians may contact the school directly at any time.
Do I need to attend the lottery?
Attendance at the lottery is not required and does not impact the results in any way.
How can I find out my child’s place on the waiting list?
The results of the lottery, including waiting list, will be available on the school’s website by the following day for a limited time. Results will also be posted on the doors of the school and Parents/Guardians may contact the school directly at any time.
If I am on the waiting list, will I have to reapply the next year?
Yes, you will need to reapply during Open Enrollment the following year. The waiting list does not carry over from one year to the next.
How does the lottery work if I have twins or other multiple birth siblings?
Multiple birth siblings will be entered as one number into any grade level lottery. If this number is drawn all multiple birth siblings will be offered enrollment.
General information about charter schools:
Charter Schools are tuition free, tax payer funded, public schools. They are open to all NC students.