FAQ – Application & Enrollment
If you have further questions regarding the Great Hearts enrollment and the application process, please reach out to Texas enrollment at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have already received an offer and have questions regarding specifics related to your offer, please reach out to the campus Registrar.
Q. Will Great Hearts Invictus be a K-12 school?
Yes. The campus will break ground as a K-7 school for the 2022-2023 school year. Every year thereafter, an additional grade will be added until we are K-12 (8th grade will be added for the 2023-2024 school year, etc.)
Q. Does Great Hearts accept early Kindergarten students?
We follow state guidelines which stipulate that a child must turn 5 years old before September 1st in the year in which they are enrolling for Kindergarten. Exceptions are not made for early Kindergarten enrollment. As a result, we do not offer early entrance testing for Kindergarten.
Q. What is the yearly tuition at Great Hearts?
There is no tuition required at any of our Great Hearts academies. Full day kindergarten is offered at each Great Hearts Texas location with no fee or tuition. We are funded by the State of Texas and meet all state requirements.
Q. Is financial assistance available?
Financial assistance is available for those who qualify, and may include free or reduced price meals, assistance with uniforms, and after-school and athletic programs.
Q. What are the selection criteria for enrollment?
We are open enrollment. We have no selection filters. We ask no questions of race, socio-economic status, intellectual ability, or academic prowess prior to applying to our school.
Q. If my child is on the waitlist, how long until I receive an offer of enrollment?
It is not possible for Great Hearts to determine your child’s chances of being offered a spot. Once the classes are full, any spots that open up are the result of student withdrawals. Although Great Hearts does typically see a number of spots open up before the start of school, there is no guarantee how many seats will become available in each grade level.
Q. Will my waitlist number change?
The Great Hearts waitlist is ordered based on application type and priority status, if applicable. When a seat becomes available, it is offered to the first applicant on the waitlist. Applicants may move up or down on the waitlist depending on application priority and type above them. For example, a non-priority status application could move from #10 to #11 on the waitlist because an application was submitted with priority status.
Q. Is it possible to receive an offer to enroll from two academies?
It is possible to receive an offer to enroll at multiple academies. Each grade level’s waitlist at each academy is independent so you will receive a waitlist position for each academy that you apply to for your student. It is completely possible that you could receive an offer for enrollment from both academies if your student becomes number one on the waitlist.
Q. If I have a child who receives an offer and is registered, does my other child automatically get an offer of enrollment?
Great Hearts does offer application priority status for siblings of students currently enrolled at a Great Hearts academy. A student is considered fully enrolled when he/she has accepted an offer of enrollment and completed and submitted all required registration paperwork. Once a student is enrolled at Great Hearts, any sibling on a waitlist will be moved up the waitlist along with other applications with priority status. Sibling priority does NOT guarantee enrollment but does significantly improve the likelihood of enrollment.
Q. I have another child on the waitlist. When will they be accepted?
Sibling priority only applies when the applicant has a sibling that is officially enrolled in that campus. Once you have completed registration of your child that has received an offer, sibling priority status will be applied to any siblings on that campus’ waitlist. They will then move to the top of the waitlist, in the order of the original lottery number. Offers are generally extended on a rolling basis, so completing your registration early is beneficial if you have other children on the waitlist.
Q. Will accepting my seat at one campus affect my status on the waitlists for other campuses?
No. Waitlists are run independently so your acceptance will not affect your status at another academy. We do ask, however, that if you accept an offer at another academy (or any other school), that you let us know as soon as you have decided on another school so we can offer your seat to the next child on the waitlist.
Q. What if I do not have my child’s birth certificate or social security card?
Great Hearts requests a student’s social security number during enrollment to use as a student identification number. Providing a social security number is voluntary and a decision not to provide the social security number will not keep your child from enrolling in or attending school. Social security numbers are used to identify students who are enrolled in Texas public schools. If you provide your child’s social security number on enrollment paperwork, Great Hearts will need to verify the number by reviewing a social security card issued for your child. If you do not have a social security card, you may request a new card (https://faq.ssa.gov/en-US-Topic/article/KA-02723). You may bring a request receipt to your registration appointment in the place of a social security card UNTIL the card arrives. Then you will need to bring the actual card in so we may verify the information provided during registration.
Birth Certificate: You will need to request a new birth certificate (https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/ovra/). For out of state certificates, please find that state’s request procedure. You can then bring in the request receipt (or payment receipt) in place of the birth certificate UNTIL the certificate arrives. Then you will need to bring the actual certificate in for our records. Passports are also accepted.
Q. What happens if I do not have all my documents?
This is addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Q. I live in an arrangement where my name (nor my spouse’s name) are listed on any official lease or utilities documents. How do I submit proof of residency?
We accept many forms of proof – car insurance, bank statements, current parent transcripts, tax documents from the current year, current mail from government agencies, LTC license, medical card, voter’s registration, etc. If you still do not have these documents, we have a form that you can have your landlord notarize for proof of residency.
Q. How do I register my student if we are still living in another state or country?
At the time of registration two proofs of residency need to reflect the address the student is currently residing at that is also within the geographic boundaries within the approved independent school districts. For the complete list of approved independent school districts please contact a Great Hearts Registrar.
Q. How many spots for current students who want to transfer to the new location are currently allotted?
Our school will be opening as a Kinder – 7th grade and will have classes of thirty students for each grade.
Q. What happens if my child does not receive an offer for the 2022-2023 school year?
Although offers are made on a rolling basis as seats become available, families with children on the Texas waitlist during the 2022-2023 school year must reapply for the 2023-2024 school year during the Open Enrollment Period. Waitlist numbers will only be applicable for the 2022-2023 school year.