Set it and Forget it
Greetings from the Admissions/Enrollment Office! January is traditionally the time when we announce “re-enrollment season” and the need for you to do a bunch of paperwork to keep your children at FCS for the following fall. Well… NO MORE! 🙂 We are very excited to announce that, in place of our yearly (and annoying!) re-enrollment process, Faith Christian School is moving to Continuous Enrollment. This is the “set it and forget it” model of re-enrollment that seeks to simplify life for the majority of FCS families who return every year. Once you sign a continuous enrollment contract this year, you’ll never have to go through the re-enrollment process again!
That means, if you’re in the 93%+ of FCS families that are coming back next year, you have to do absolutely nothing to continue enrollment at FCS! Just let the March 31st deadline for withdrawal pass, and your child will automatically be enrolled for the 2021-22 school year.
For those of you who will not be returning to FCS for the 2021-22 school year (our #1 reason for losing families is because people move out of the area) you have until March 31, 2021, to notify our enrollment office in writing (firstname.lastname@example.org) that you will not be returning.
We have created a page of continuous enrollment Q&A’s to help explain this process below. To begin the continuous enrollment process:
1. Visit your family’s Sycamore account.
2. Once you log in select ‘Complete Continuous Enrollment Contract’ to begin the enrollment process.
3. Complete the continuous enrollment contract.
4. Congratulations! This was the last time you will complete re-enrollment paperwork at FCS.
If you have any issues with the above link, please consult the continuous enrollment webpage or contact our Admissions/Enrollment Office.
Regarding tuition rates, our FCS Association will vote on our 2021-22 budget in late January. Families currently receiving variable tuition (or those who don’t and are interested) should look for future communication regarding variable tuition specifics and details. Please note, the variable tuition program’s annual application is due by April 15, 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 question is “are you coming back to school next year?” The leadership team at Faith Christian School needs to know how many students we will have on the first day of school.
Why does re-enrollment matter? Why do we go through this every year?
FCS leadership does a lot of planning to ensure that we’re prepared to fulfill our mission excellently every year. Until FCS 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 FCS until I notify the school otherwise?
Up until this point, re-enrollment has been an “opt-in” program. We annually ask every family, “are you coming back?” In a sense, we’ve been penalizing the vast majority of families by requiring you all to go through this process every year. We typically retain 90-95% of our student body. So EVERYONE had to go through re-enrollment for the sake of the small percentage that, for one reason or another, left our school community. By signing your continuous enrollment contract, you will be flipping that script. Rather than an annual opt-in process, re-enrollment will become an OPT-OUT process. In other words, if you’re coming back after signing your continuous enrollment contract, you won’t have to worry about this again.
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 March) will simply be a communication reminder from the FCS enrollment office informing families that might be thinking about leaving our school to notify us prior to the end of March. If last year is any indication, this means that 90+% of FCS families will have the convenience of ignoring this message and doing absolutely nothing
When will this take place?
Continuous enrollment contracts will be posted to FCS Sycamore page January 12, 2021. Contracts are due by February 1, 2021.
What do I get out of this?
Simplicity and guaranteed placement! With growing enrollment, 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?
The FCS enrollment office will send you a personalized email with easy, step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process. It will only take you a couple minutes. You’ll have until February 1 to complete it.
What is the continuous enrollment fee?
The continuous enrollment fee (previously called the re-enrollment fee) is collected to assist the FCS administration in effectively planning for staffing and curriculum for the following school year, in the amount of $100.00 per family plus $50.00 per child.
How is the continuous enrollment fee collected?
Your continuous enrollment payment is billed to you in February and is withdrawn from your FACTS account March 1.
If I have not paid my continuous enrollment fee by March 15, what happens?
A $30 per month late fee will be incurred if your CE payment is not paid by March 15. Parents also risk losing guaranteed class placement for their student(s) for the upcoming school year. With growing enrollment, 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.