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Continuous Enrollment

From Re-Enrollment to Continuous Enrollment: Set it and Forget It!

Last year, 90% of eligible Redwood Christian School families returned to our school for this current year. We want to make things even easier for RCS families and reward such great school loyalty.

What is Re-Enrollment?

Re-enrollment is an annual data collection process that schools use to update enrollment records of the current student body. This information is used as the school makes plans for the following school year. Basically, the simple question is: “Are you coming back to school next year?” For our leadership team at Redwood Christian Schools, we need to know how many students we will have on the first day of school.

Why Does Re-Enrollment Matter? And why do we go through this every year?

RCS leadership does a lot of planning to ensure that we’re prepared to fulfill our mission excellently every year. Until RCS families “sign on the line” that they’re coming back each year, we can’t make solid plans for staffing, programs, materials, curriculum, and facility usage. We take the stewardship of tuition dollars entrusted to us every year very seriously. We want to invest these tuition dollars wisely so that we can provide the best education possible for our students.

I have no plans to change schools- and almost everybody comes back every year anyway. Can’t I just stay at RCS until I notify the school otherwise?

YES!!! Now you can. Now that RCS has fully transitioned from the yearly "opt-in" of re-enrollment to Continuous Enrollment, you are in until you graduate (or "opt-out"). Continuous Enrollment is a once-and-for-all process. Once you sign your Continuous Enrollment Contract in your admission packet, you’ll never have to deal with the lengthy re-enrollment (online) paperwork (unless your family plans change). Again, “Set it, and forget it!” In the event that things do change, you’ll have until February 1st every year to simply notify the District Office that you are opting-out and face absolutely no penalty.

So after this year, what will the “Re-enrollment Season” Look Like?

Once all of our families are on the “Continuous Enrollment Program,” the typical re-enrollment season (January through February) will simply be a communication reminder from the District Office informing the families that might be thinking about leaving our school to notify us prior to February 1st. If last year is any indication, this means that the vast majority of RCS families will have the convenience of ignoring this message and doing absolutely nothing!

So how is “Continuous Enrollment” different from "Re-enrollment"?

Continuous Enrollment is a once-and-for-all process. Once you sign your Continuous Enrollment Contract, you’ll never have to deal with the lengthy re-enrollment (online) paperwork (unless your family plans change). Again, “Set it, and forget it!” In the event that things do change, you’ll have until February 1st every year to simply notify the District Office and face absolutely no penalty.

What will the Continuous Enrollment Contract look like?

Here is a summary of the Continuous Enrollment Contract coming in January 2019:

I hereby opt into continuous enrollment. This means that my RCS students will keep coming back to RCS every year unless I tell the school otherwise.

  • I understand that I have until the end of March every year to notify the Redwood Christian School District Office of any changes in my plans of enrollment for my child(ren)
  • If I breach this contract by dis-enrolling my child(ren) after June 1st, I understand that I will be contractually obligated to pay 1 month of tuition as a penalty.
  • Unique Circumstances. Redwood Christian Schools recognizes that family plans change. For any unique circumstances (such as the following) families dis-enrolling after the announced deadline will be exempt from the 1 month tuition penalty:
    • Moving/Relocation 25+ miles away from Redwood Christian Schools.
    • Educational needs for the student that can no longer be met at Redwood Christian School as determined by the RCS Administration.
    • Dis-enrollment at the request of Redwood Christian School.
    • Other circumstances as approved by the Superintendent.

To view the entire agreement, click here.

What will 2019-20 Continuous Enrollment (this year) look like?

For this “hybrid” year, we will be merging the Re-Enrollment process of the past and the Continuous Enrollment process of the future. Families will need to complete the Continuous Enrollment contract via Parents Web. If you complete this process in the month of January, you will receive a significant discount on the CEP. Beginning in February, the payment increases each month. This payment is payable over three months as follows:

  • January 1 to January 31 - $180 Per Student / $375 Family Maximum
  • February 1 to February 28 - $280 Per Student / $575 Family Maximum
  • March 1 to April 30 - $380 Per Student / $775 Family Maximum
  • After April 30 - $480 Per Student / $975 Family Maximum
What does Continuous Enrollment look like?

Dr. Hearne will inform all families with email about Continuous Enrollment, explaining the tuition for the next school year, links to important RCS information, and a reminder that families can opt-out by February 1 with no penalty. Families will be automatically charged the Continuous Enrollment Payment (CEP) of $180 per student/$375 family maximum on February 5th (and it will be spread out over three months). This means that the vast majority of RCS families will have the convenience of ignoring the communication and going about their day as usual! Click here to see the contract.

What’s the penalty if I break this contract?

RCS families that are re-enrolled, but break the contract by opting out of enrollment for the following school year after the specified date will be contractually obligated to pay fees according to the below schedule. While penalty may seem steep, many schools require a semester or even a year of tuition once a family is enrolled for the following year.

Opt-out schedule for the following school year:
February 5th-Last Day of School        $100 per student
After Last Day-June 30th                   1⁄12 Annual Tuition Due
July 1st-31st                                     2⁄12 Annual Tuition Due
August 1st-Day Before School            3⁄12 Annual Tuition Due

For immediate withdrawals after the start of the school year, a minimum of 3⁄12 of the annual tuition will be due. Tuition will be prorated on a half-month basis for any school use beyond August 31st.

But what about unique circumstances? I’m planning on keeping my kids at RCS until college. What if God has other plans for my family?

We’ve built flexibility into this contract. So, for major life changes/unique circumstances (such as moving 25+ miles away from our school, if RCS can no longer meet your child’s educational needs, if we ask your family to leave, or if there is some unforeseen circumstance that our Superintendent approves), there will be no financial penalty.

When will this take place?

Continuous Enrollment will start in January 2019. Contracts are due by February 1st. We look forward to serving RCS families in this way and making the process even more convenient!

What do I get out of this?

Simplicity.

Guaranteed placement.

Partnership with RCS to equip your child/ren for daily living and eternal life. With increasing enrollment, we are either at or near waitlists in many of our grades, placement in next year’s class is an increasingly sought-after spot. By opting into continuous enrollment, you’ll be locking down that coveted seat for your child until graduation.

Ok. Great! How do I sign up for this?

In January, you will receive the Continuous Enrollment and Tuition Information email from Superintendent Hearne.  This email will include step-by-step instructions through the continuous enrollment set up process. It will only take you a couple minutes, and you’ll have until February 1st to complete it.