Tuition and Cross-Boundary Students
The application period for renewing or applying for tuition and cross boundary applications for 2021-2022 to Oak Ridge Schools is April 5th – 23rd, 2021. The approved applications are good for one year. If your child was approved last year and has remained in good standing during that time period, you will not need to complete a cross boundary application or a tuition application for the upcoming school year. You will receive a letter of your child’s status. Cross boundary applications may be obtained at the schools, on the Oak Ridge School’s website or from the Pupil Services Department. Tuition applications may be obtained on the Oak Ridge Schools website or from the Pupil Services Department in the School Administration Building.
The new tuition rates and applications for the upcoming school year are available online and in each school office. All students applying for cross boundary and tuition must meet the following criteria for approval:
- The student must be in good standing in attendance – no excessive absences, tardies or early dismissals
- The student must be in good standing in academics – no failing grades
- The student must be in good standing in behavior – no noted discipline referrals, suspensions or expulsions
- Parents must be supportive of their child’s educational environment by contributing positively with the educational team at the school.
We are hoping this designated application period will help you in submitting your applications on time, facilitate enrollment issues at the schools prior to the August start date, and make you aware of your child’s application status.
Please note applications received after the April 23rd deadline may be subject to non-approval. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Pupil Services at 425-9026.
ConnectOR Virtual Learning Students
We would like to inform you that Oak Ridge Schools will not offer ConnectOR, a virtual learning program, for the 2021-22 school year.
This decision is the result of information recently received from the Tennessee Department of Education. On Monday, April 12 the state board of education extended a rule that requires virtual programs like ConnectOR to end when the Governor-declared state of emergency ends. At a press conference on Monday afternoon Governor Lee announced, “In-person learning is safe and it’s the only way our students will get back on track after significant learning loss. I support the state Board of Education’s work to ensure that in-person learning is again the standard in TN and virtual learning is reserved for emergency use only.”
To continue virtual offerings outside of the state of emergency, school districts must apply to open a separate, standalone virtual school. Based on the size of Oak Ridge Schools, creating a standalone virtual school is cost prohibitive and could potentially reduce the face-to-face opportunities that are of great value to Oak Ridge students and teachers.