Apply to City Neighbors Hamilton2018-10-05T13:42:07+00:00

Apply to City Neighbors Hamilton

City Neighbors Hamilton is committed to a policy of educational equality. Accordingly, the whole school admits students and conducts educational programs, activities, and employment practices without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, ancestry, disabilities, or any other legally protected classification.

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Learn more about our enrollment process here.

What is the enrollment period for City Neighbors Hamilton?2018-09-28T16:10:20+00:00

City Neighbors Hamilton will be accepting Enrollment Applications through 3 PM on February 8, 2019.

Enrollment Application deadlines will not be extended in the case of inclement weather and/or school closings due to inclement weather or for any other reason.  In order to avoid disappointment and to ensure your child’s inclusion in the lottery draw, please do not wait until the last minute to submit Enrollment Applications.

How are students selected at City Neighbors Hamilton?2018-09-28T17:20:21+00:00

City Neighbors Hamilton accepts Enrollment Applications during the specified enrollment period, then conducts a lottery drawing to select which students will fill our open seats. Each application is assigned a number, then numbers are drawn, according to grade, to determine acceptance and wait list order. Lotteries are witnessed by representatives of Baltimore City Public Schools and any other interested parties.

To apply for enrollment to City Neighbors Hamilton (CNH), a separate Enrollment Application must be completed and submitted for each child you wish to enroll. Only one application per child will be accepted. This Enrollment Application is for CNH only. Application to City Neighbors Charter School (on Raspe Avenue) must be made separately. The schools do not share an applicant or waiting list.

What are the important enrollment dates and deadlines?2018-09-28T17:18:05+00:00

Enrollment Applications accepted for 2019-2020 School Year Through Friday, February 8, 2019, 3 PM

Open House (no RSVP required—well supervised children welcome)  Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Open House (no RSVP required-well supervised children welcome) Saturday, January 12 , 2019, 1:00 to 2:30 PM

Open House (no RSVP required-well supervised children welcome) Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Deadline for sibling, founder, & children of CNH staff Enrollment Applications Monday, January 28, 2019

Open House (no RSVP required—well supervised children welcome) Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:00 to 10:30 AM

Deadline for submission and receipt of completed Enrollment Application Friday, February 8, 2019, 3:00 PM

Enrollment Lottery Draw at CNH Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 1:00 PM

Written notification to families of acceptance or wait-list status Monday, February 25, 2019

Postmark deadline of notification from accepted families Monday, April 29, 2019

Additional documents due from accepted students to complete enrollment Monday, June 3, 2019 – Friday, June 7, 2019

How does the lottery work?2018-09-28T17:21:54+00:00

If the number of applicants for a given grade does not exceed the number of available spaces, all applicants in that grade will be offered admission to the school.

If the number of Enrollment Applications for a given grade exceeds the number of available spaces, students will be selected for admission by random lottery on a grade-by-grade basis, beginning with kindergarten and moving up each consecutive grade, i.e. kindergarten, first, second, third, etc. Students are selected in the lottery per grade level using the information supplied on the Enrollment Application. Inaccurate information regarding the applicant’s grade level or age will adversely affect the applicant’s placement on the acceptance/waiting list.

The enrollment lottery will be conducted by staff of City Neighbors Hamilton and witnessed by a representative of Baltimore City Public Schools and is open to all applicant families. In the case of school closing for inclement weather, the lottery draw will be rescheduled.

How do I get an Enrollment Application?2018-07-13T13:02:42+00:00

You can download an Enrollment Application here or pick one up at the school office during regular school hours.

How do I submit my completed Enrollment Application?2018-09-28T18:05:07+00:00

Be sure to complete the Enrollment Application thoroughly, neatly, and accurately. Incomplete Enrollment Applications will not be considered. City Neighbors Hamilton will not be responsible for incorrect, inaccurate, or illegible information. Inaccuracies or misrepresentations on the Enrollment
Application will adversely affect the applicant’s placement on the acceptance/waiting list.

Enrollment Applications will be accepted in one of three ways:

  1. Hand-delivered to City Neighbors Hamilton, 5609 Sefton Avenue, Monday through Friday, between 8 AM and 3 PM (recommended); or
  2. Scanned and emailed as an attachment to applications@cityneighborshamilton.org; or
  3. Mailed to City Neighbors Hamilton, 5609 Sefton Avenue, Building 1, Baltimore, MD 21214.

Hand-delivery: Because the enrollment period includes Winter Break, other school holidays, and possible school closings due to inclement weather, please contact the school office first to ensure school is in session: 443-642-2052.

Email: City Neighbors Hamilton will not be responsible for delays, interruptions, or malfunctions of the receipt or transmission of email, or for the quality of the scanned image. An automated delivery message will follow all emails received to that email address. The automated reply does not confirm accuracy, completeness, or legibility of the application, nor does it confirm an attachment was received.

Mail: City Neighbors Hamilton will not be responsible for lost, delayed, damaged, or misdirected mail. Please call to verify receipt of applications one week after mailing the Enrollment Application. All Enrollment Applications must be received by 3 PM on February 10, 2017. THIS IS NOT A POSTMARK DEADLINE. Mailing of Enrollment Applications less than one week prior to the deadline is not recommended.

NOTE: We do not accept applications via fax.

Late Arriving Applications: Enrollment Applications received after 3:00 PM on February 10, 2017 will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list in the order they are received and will not be included in the lottery draw, should one be necessary

I do not live in the same ZIP code as City Neighbors Hamilton. Can I still apply for my child?2018-07-13T13:02:42+00:00

Yes. City Neighbors Hamilton accepts applications from all Baltimore City residents. If your child is selected in the lottery and you accept the offer, you will be asked to provide two proofs of residency verifying that you live in Baltimore City. See acceptable proofs of residency here.

Applications for students who live outside of Baltimore City will not be included in the enrollment
lottery and will be placed at the end of the waiting list. If the pool of Baltimore City applicants is
exhausted and a non-Baltimore City applicant is selected from the waiting list, tuition will apply. Application must be made by custodial parents or legal guardians only. Enrollment Applications will not be accepted from siblings or any other non-custodial relatives or friends.

I have submitted an Enrollment Application for more than one of my children. What happens if one is selected in the lottery and the other/s is/are not?2018-07-13T13:02:42+00:00

City Neighbors Hamilton employs a Sibling Preference Policy, meaning if one sibling is selected and accepts the seat, the sibling of that student will rise to the top of the waiting list, behind siblings of current students that might be on the waiting list. See complete Sibling Preference/Enrollment Priority Policy here.

I submitted an Enrollment Application to City Neighbors Charter School. Do I also need to submit one to City Neighbors Hamilton?2018-09-28T17:34:16+00:00

Yes. City Neighbors Charter School and City Neighbors Hamilton hold independent lotteries and do not share a waiting list. Click here to go to City Neighbors Charter School’s website or call them at 410-325-2627.

I have a child who is attending City Neighbors Charter School or City Neighbors High School. Are they included in the Sibling Preference Policy?2018-07-13T13:02:42+00:00

No. Only siblings of students who attend City Neighbors Hamilton are included in the Sibling Preference Policy for City Neighbors Hamilton. City Neighbors Charter School and City Neighbors Highs School have their own Sibling Preference Policies.

My child already attends City Neighbors Hamilton. Do I need to reapply every year?2018-07-13T13:02:42+00:00

No. Once your child is enrolled at City Neighbors Hamilton, he/she does not need to re-enroll. Our current families will receive an Intent to Return form every year before our lottery drawing so that we can determine what seats will be available the following year.

I have a child who already attends City Neighbors Hamilton. How do I enroll his/her sibling?2018-09-28T17:52:37+00:00

Siblings of current students must have a completed Enrollment Application submitted by the deadline of the Intent to Return forms, but they are not included in the lottery and are given automatic placement, as long as there is an open seat in the grade to which they are applying.

If there are no open seats in the grade to which they are applying, they will be placed at the top of the waiting list.

If there is more than one sibling applying to the same grade and there are not enough open seats to accommodate each of them, there will be a lottery drawing among those student applicants to determine who fills any open seat and to determine placement on the waiting list.

What is the Sibling Preference Policy?2018-09-28T17:32:44+00:00

At CNH, we understand the importance of families and the convenience of having siblings attend the same school. Therefore, we employ a Sibling Preference Policy that gives siblings of currently enrolled students preference in the enrollment process.

A sibling is defined as a brother and/or sister who reside in the same household AND:

  • share a common parent, or
  • are legally adopted by the same parent, or
  • are the legal responsibility of the same adult/parent.

Cousins, nieces, nephews, and/or unrelated children sharing the same address with a current CNH student, and who do not meet any of the above criteria, are not considered siblings. A step-sibling must be legally adopted by the step-parent making application in order to qualify as a sibling under our Sibling Preference Policy. Proof of legal adoption/legal responsibility will be required at the time of enrollment. Failure to provide documentation of legal adoption/guardianship will result in the child’s acceptance to CNH being rescinded.

A separate Enrollment Application must be completed for each sibling. If a separate Enrollment Application is not received for each sibling, that sibling will not qualify for the Sibling Preference Policy. If there are more sibling applications for a specific grade than there are available openings in that grade, a sibling lottery will take place. The results of that lottery will remain in effect and the siblings will remain ranked in the order drawn for as long as that sibling continues to apply for enrollment at CNH, however, a new application must be submitted each year in order to remain ranked in order on the sibling waiting list. New sibling applications will be placed on the waiting list in order of receipt, behind those siblings already ranked. If there is more than one sibling applying for the same grade, there will be a lottery held among those sibling applicants to determine placement on the sibling waiting list. The Sibling Preference Policy is dependent upon available grade openings and does not guarantee enrollment for each sibling.

 

Are there age restrictions for children entering Kindergarten and first grade?2018-09-28T16:06:43+00:00

Yes.

Age Requirements for Kindergarten

A child must be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2019 in order to be enrolled in kindergarten.

If your child’s fifth birthday is September 2, 2019 through and including October 15, 2019, and you wish to make application for Kindergarten for 2019-20, parents must apply for a waiver by completing an Early Admission Request Packet from their zoned/neighborhood school. All requested documentation must be submitted to the Office of Early Learning. Contact the Office of Early Learning at 443-642-3990 for more information on this process and to confirm their deadlines. There is no early admission consideration for a child whose fifth birthday falls after October 15, 2019.

Age Requirements for First Grade

A child must be 6-years-old on or before September 1, 2019 in order to be enrolled in first grade.

If your child’s sixth birthday is September 2, 2019 through and including October 15, 2019, and you wish to make application for first grade for 2019-20, parents must apply for a waiver by completing an Early Admission Request Packet from their zoned/neighborhood school. All requested documentation must be submitted to the Office of Early Learning. Contact the Office of Early Learning at 443-642-3990 for more information on this process and to confirm their deadlines. There is no early admission consideration for a child whose sixth birthday falls after October 15, 2019.

How do I know City Neighbors Hamilton is the right fit for my child?2018-07-13T13:02:42+00:00

It is very important that you not only read our website thoroughly, but that you also attend an enrollment Open House (which includes an informational session and tour of the school), and ask any questions you may have to ensure you and your family are a good fit for City Neighbors Hamilton. Supervised children are welcome to attend Open Houses and you do not need to RSVP. If Baltimore City Public Schools are closed or close early due to inclement weather, Open Houses will be canceled and may or may not be rescheduled. See enrollment Open House dates here.

Can I schedule a school tour outside of the enrollment Open Houses?2018-07-13T13:02:42+00:00

Because of high demand, we are unable to schedule individual school tours for prospective families. Please be sure to attend an Open House, held during the enrollment period. See enrollment Open House dates here.

If my child’s name is placed on the waiting list, when will I hear from you?2018-07-13T13:02:42+00:00

Immediately following the lottery, wait-list letters will be sent to all lottery applicants with their placement number indicated. If we begin selecting names from the waiting list and your child’s name comes up next on the list, we will contact you immediately. There is no need to contact us about your child’s placement on the waiting list.

CNH will not be responsible for any wait-list notification letters returned to us in the mail due to outdated, inaccurate, or illegible information provided on the Enrollment Application.

How long is the waiting list in effect?2018-07-13T13:02:42+00:00

The waiting list will be in effect for the entire school year. If your child is not selected during the school year in which you applied, you will have to reapply for the following year.

Can I be present at the time of the lottery?2018-07-13T13:02:42+00:00

Yes! Any interested party can attend the enrollment lottery, held at the school. Well supervised children are welcome to attend.

If my child’s name was drawn in the lottery, how long do I have to accept or decline the seat?2018-09-28T17:26:33+00:00

After the lottery, there is a very specific timeline on accepting or declining the seat.(See the “important enrollment dates and deadlines” FAQ on this page.) An acceptance card and registration form will be mailed to all accepted applicants by the deadline. If you choose to accept the seat, the card and registration form must be either hand-delivered or postmarked by the the deadline indicated. If we do not receive this written notification of acceptance postmarked by that deadline, we will offer the seat to the next applicant on the waiting list. Verbal notification of acceptance is not sufficient and a seat will not be held. Once accepted, prospective families will receive a list of other documents required, along with associated deadlines, in order to complete their enrollment, as required by Baltimore City Public Schools.

If, after the lottery deadlines have passed, we have an opening and your child is next on the waiting list, we will expect a yes or no response within two weeks, generally speaking.

In order to ensure full enrollment, seats that become available and are offered to candidates on the waiting list during the summer months will require a shorter turnaround time between notification and acceptance confirmation from families. The timeline becomes even more condensed as the beginning of the school year approaches and once school is in session. We will assume that every applicant family has explored our website, attended an Open House, and had all of their questions answered to determine if City Neighbors Hamilton is a good fit for their family when and if their child is offered a seat. See Open House dates here.

What if I don’t receive my letter of acceptance and miss the deadline?2018-07-13T13:02:42+00:00

It is very important the information you provide on your child’s applications is clear, legible, and accurate. CNH will not be responsible for any acceptance notification letters returned to us in the mail due to incorrect, outdated, or illegible information provided on the Enrollment Application. A reasonable attempt will be made to contact the accepted applicant by other means provided on the Enrollment Application, but acceptance deadlines cannot be extended. If we are unable to make contact after a reasonable attempt to do so, we will offer the seat to the next applicant on the waiting list.

My Enrollment Application was submitted after the deadline. What happens to it?2018-07-13T13:02:42+00:00

All Enrollment Applications received after the deadline will be placed at the end of the waiting list in the order in which they were received. They will not be included in the lottery drawing.

My high-schooler is interested in applying to City Neighbors High School. How do I do that?2018-09-28T17:23:19+00:00

For enrollment information for City Neighbors High School, go to City Neighbors High School’s website or call them at 443-642-2119.

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Deadline: Friday, February 8, 3 PM
Now accepting applications for 2019-2020.
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