Open enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is now open.
Applications received after March 19, 2021 will automatically be placed on the waitlist!
SouthSide Elementary is a public charter school that admits its students through a lottery process. Below you will find information about our policies and learn how to start your application process. In order to participate in this lottery, an application must be completed and returned to the Admissions Office.
Our Admissions Policy
SouthSide Elementary is a public charter school open to Providence students from K to 5th grade. In accordance with the RI Board of regents promulgated "Regulations Governing RI Public Charter Schools", students are admitted to SouthSide Elementary by lottery. This lottery determines which applicants are enrolled the following school year. The lottery takes place April 1st of the year prior to the enrolling school year. All families will be notified of the results of the lottery by mail.
The Acceptance Process
When an applicant is accepted to SouthSide Elementary, we will send acceptance letters and a copy of the Confirmation and Reservation Form by mail. Families will have fifteen (15) business days after the postmarked date on the notification letter to return this form to the Admissions Office. If we do not hear from you within fifteen (15) days, we will make every attempt to contact you by the deadline. If no form has been returned by the deadline, the student’s space may be given to the next eligible student on the waiting list. Parents who are not available at the home address listed on the application form during the notification period should contact SouthSide Elementary to make other arrangements.
Kindergarten Age Requirement
It is SouthSide Elementary's policy that children applying to kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1st of the year they will be starting kindergarten.
Siblings Preference Policy
SouthSide Elementary has implemented the Sibling Preference Policy to help families with more than one child in school. Enrollment preference is given to applicants whose siblings are enrolled at SouthSide. We define siblings as children that share the same parent, guardian and/or caregiver, and reside in the same household.
When a lottery takes place, siblings will be admitted first, if space is available. When a waiting list exists for a particular grade, siblings will be placed 1st on the waiting list. If there is more than one sibling to be placed on the waiting list for a particular grade, a siblings’ lottery will be done in order to assign them a position on this waiting list.
Children of Employees Admissions Policy
The children of SouthSide Elementary employees are given preference in the admissions lottery in the same way that siblings are given preference. The employee must be full time and a Providence resident in order for her/his child to be given preference in the admissions lottery.
When the admissions lottery takes place, current students’ siblings and children of employee will be admitted first, if space is available. When a waiting list exists for a particular grade, siblings or children of employees will be placed 1st on the waiting list. If there is more than one sibling and/or child of employees to be placed on the waiting list for a particular grade, a sibling/children of employees’ lottery will be done to assign them a position on this waiting list.
Leaving SouthSide Elementary
When a student leaves SouthSide Elementary and is interested in returning to our school, an admissions application has to be completed and will follow the same lottery process as the rest of the applicants.
If at that time SouthSide Elementary has a waiting list and is not accepting applications, the parent is welcome to apply for the following school year when applications are available. Please remember that an admissions application has to be completed and returned before the deadline in order to participate in the lottery.
To request more information:
Contact the Admissions Coordinator
Mon-Fri 8am - 4pm
You can also request more information with this form:
SouthSide Elementary Charter is a K-5 charter public school that provides students a solid step towards college and community leadership.
Students will learn to read, write, think logically, and problem solve on grade level within a curriculum that emphasizes academic rigor, excellence, and community engagement in an extended school day and year.