Burris Laboratory School's admissions procedures are intended to create a diverse student population in response to its role in teacher preparation in the state of Indiana. Moreover, the school is prepared to provide appropriate educational programs for students with special needs. Because Burris identifies itself as a family school, admissions will continue to focus on enabling siblings to attend Burris. Whenever there are grade level openings, current Burris families will be offered priority for admission of siblings who do not attend Burris. When class enrollment openings remain after sibling registration, Burris will utilize a lottery system for applications from families with no current Burris children. The school will admit students only at the beginning of the academic year, unless an unusual situation arises. At the beginning of each year all current Burris students will indicate their intent to enroll for the next school year. From this information, an estimate will be generated for the number of grade level openings for the next school year.
Burris families with siblings who do not currently attend and who are eligible for enrollment will have the first opportunity to register for existing openings. If more Burris family siblings apply than class openings exist, a lottery will be held to identify those children to be offered admission.
Kindergarten: Kindergarten at Burris Laboratory School is a full-day program. The lottery will fill the next school year's kindergarten openings not filled by siblings and will provide a waiting list to fill openings that might occur after the lottery. Students entering Kindergarten must be 5 years of age on or before August 1 of that year.
Grades 1-11: For the next school year, applications for non-siblings in grades 1-11 will be accepted. The lottery will fill any existing openings in grades 1-11 not filled by siblings and/or will provide a waiting list to fill openings that might occur after the lottery.
Applicant's names will be drawn randomly from a pool and publicly announced. A waiting list will be published. Attendance at the lottery drawings will not be required. Parents/guardians will provide a birth certificate (kindergarten entrance) or birth certificate and an official transcript from the previously attended school to verify grade placement (grades 1-11 entrance) and complete a registration form when an offer for admission is made. Parents must give consent for participation in teacher education and research activities.
There is no Burris Admissions Committee. The main office will accept sibling registrations and applications for inclusion in the lottery. The principal (or designee) will conduct the lottery and administer the registration process, including offering admission to students from the waiting list.
Burris Laboratory School offers a limited number of openings for students with high ability. This action is in keeping with a long-term commitment to serve students with high ability and to facilitate research on the education of high ability students.
Ball State University has an Admissions Appeal Committee and a policy in place for appealing admission decisions under very limited circumstances.