Enrollment Guidelines and Preferences in Seaside Preschool, Bridges TK and Edison K-5 Programs
Because the Edison dual immersion programs represent a unique curriculum option, Edison is not a neighborhood school, but rather is one of SMMUSD’s two schools of choice. Parents or guardians of all students requesting admission must come on a school tour for the program to which they are applying to make sure they understand the program and can make an informed choice. They must then submit an application within the application window. Applications submitted after the due date lose any priorities to which they might otherwise have been entitled.
Since Edison Seaside Preschool, Edison Bridges TK, an Edison K-5 programs are dual immersion programs, each cohort of students must be composed of enough Spanish speakers and English speakers for adequate peer language models in both languages. When possible, we find that enrolling slightly more Spanish-dominant children than English-dominant children is beneficial to both groups. Edison provides language screening for applicants whose parents indicate that they are Spanish speakers to ensure that children are placed in the appropriate language pool for the purpose enrollment decisions.
In addition to striving to provide an appropriate language balance, Edison’s enrollment decisions are guided by a series of enrollment priorities, consistent with SMMUSD’s enrollment and permit policies. Children must have a birthdate appropriate for enrollment in the program for which they are applying. Preference in the Preschool program is given to four-year olds. Dates for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten are determined by California Education Code. There is no flexibility in birthdates for Transitional Kindergarten.
In making enrollment decisions, Edison also considers whether or not placement in a dual language program seems appropriate for an individual student. Dual immersion is a great program, but it is not the right choice for every child. Please provide complete answers to the questions on the application and if your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), please share a copy with us so we can make sure that all services to which your child is entitled can be provided at this school. SMMUSD offers a variety of Special Education programs but not all programs are offered at all facilities. Edison offers Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) and Speech and Language programs. Please contact the case manager at your child’s school to have a discussion at an IEP meeting regarding whether your child’s needs can be met in an immersion program.
All the Edison programs generally receive more applications than can be accommodated each year. When that happens, within each language group, students are admitted according to the following priorities, in this order:
- Younger siblings of immersion program students and children of employees working in the immersion program;
- Students who are enrolled in the Edison Seaside Preschool or Edison Bridges Transitional Kindergarten Programs;
- While Edison is NOT a neighborhood school, next priority goes to students who reside within the immediate Edison neighborhood. Please click for map to see the neighborhood assigned to Edison for the purpose of this priority list only;
- Students from other neighborhoods within SMMUSD, and employees of SMMUSD and City of Santa Monica and City of Malibu. Final enrollment of non-neighborhood students is contingent upon the procurement of the appropriate intra-district permit. For children who are SMMUSD residents, Edison then becomes their home school for the duration of their enrollment in SMMUSD.
- When space is available in either language group and if there are not enough applications from students in the above categories, Edison also admits students from other neighboring school districts. Consideration among out-of-district applicants is given to children of parents who participated in the immersion program themselves as children, children whose parents are graduates of one of SMMUSD’s high schools, and children with parents who work within the boundaries of SMMUSD (see Board policy on preferences for out-of-district permits). Final enrollment for out- of-district students is contingent upon the procurement of the appropriate inter-district permit, as specified by the district permit policy and the special education policy regarding permits.
Inter-district permits are granted for the general education program in the TK and K-5 program and are renewable annually. They are not needed for the pre-K program. These permits are for the purpose of participating in a dual immersion program and are not transferable to other elementary schools within SMMUSD.
If more students apply to Edison Language Academy than the school can admit in any category, a waiting list is created for that category, by language. The remaining openings are then filled randomly from among all students in the given category, depending on the language needs of the school.
Beyond Kindergarten, Edison has much more limited opportunities for enrollment of new students. The number of students accepted at any given grade level is contingent upon the enrollment profile of the entire school. If parents are interested in enrollment at a grade beyond Kindergarten, they should sign up for a school tour and submit an application within the application window. Enrollment beyond Kindergarten occurs on a space available basis and each application is evaluated individually. Students entering beyond Kindergarten (if vacancies are available) are screened by the teaching staff at that grade level to evaluate language skills. Enrollment beyond 1st grade requires that students be proficient Spanish speakers, and demonstrate adequate literacy skills in Spanish. Since we often do not know how many spaces will be available in grades 1-5 until later in the year, admission decisions are usually not made until May of each year.