Enrollment FAQs

Enrollment FAQs

Who is eligible to attend?  Impact Academy is open to students coming from any Bay Area city.  There are no residency requirements to attend. Students will be considered for admission without regard to ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, or achievement level or any other characteristic described in Education Code Section 220.

What documents do I need to submit when I apply? Applicants to the 7th and 9th grade need to submit the Impact Academy application (3 pages, online or paper).  Applicants to 10th, 11th or 12th grade must also submit their high school transcripts, attendance records and discipline records.

Can I apply as part of the HUSD application process?   No. Impact Academy’s enrollment process is completely separate from HUSD.

How does Impact select its students?  7th and 9th graders are selected by lottery. 10th and 11th graders are accepted if space becomes available in the grade. For all transfer students, an administrator meets with applicants and families to discuss their path to graduation at Impact, but this conversation does not affect admission.

If I apply, am I guaranteed a spot?  No. Impact Academy is a small school with a limited number of spaces in each grade level. When you apply for 7th and 9th grade you are entered into a lottery from which the 7th and 9th grade class will be chosen. If you are applying for 10th or 11th grade, the number of available spaces will depend on how many of our current students plan to return for the following year.

If I am offered a spot, how long will I have to decide?  Students must confirm their intent to attend within a month after they are first offered a spot. A “Confirmation Form” will be included with the Offer Letter; this form can be returned by mail, email or in person.  Students who apply after the application deadline and are offered a spot may have a shorter window of time in which to decide.

What happens if I miss the 7th and 9th grade application deadline? If you miss the deadline your applications will be added to the Wait List.  Wait List applicants are then admitted as spaces become available.

Is there an entrance examination?  There is no entrance exam.  After being accepted, all incoming 7th and 9th grade students are tested.  All 9th grade students are scheduled to take  Academic Numeracy and Algebra I in their freshman year; students wishing to pursue alternate placement must come to Impact and pass the Math Placement Test.

Are there any preferences given to students in the lottery process? Yes.  If we receive more applicants than open seats, we will run a lottery with a preference for low-income families (defined as families zoned for elementary schools with over 70% free and reduced lunch students). Siblings and children of teachers and staff are exempted from the lottery.

What documents do I need to provide when I enroll? Once you have been offered and have accepted a spot, you will need to provide a copy of the student’s birth certificate and most recent vaccination records (including the TDAP whooping cough vaccination), along with the complete Impact Academy enrollment packet.  The enrollment packet will be provided at the 9th Grade Welcome Event (usually held in April) and is also available in the main office.

Does Impact admit students during the school year?  Impact will accept mid-year transfers if there is space available.  Click here for more details.

Does Impact have a separate enrollment process for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)?  There is no separate application process for students with IEPs.  However, we request that any student with an IEP submit a copy of their most recent IEP once they have been accepted to the school.

If Impact admits students using a lottery, why is an application required? There are several reasons Impact requires an application. As a school of choice, Impact Academy wants to ensure that students use the application process as a way to decide if Impact is right for you. Also, the information listed on the application helps us to get to know students, their particular needs and pertinent personal and family information.

Do I have to be “good” at arts and technology to attend?  No, absolutely not! Our teachers use art and technology as tools for expression and engagement in the classroom. A student might use art to demonstrate understanding of principles or geometry, or create a video on iMovie to show what they have learned in Social Studies.  Most students who attend Impact do not have special talents in arts or technology, but enjoy using them as tools for showing what they know.