Application FAQ

We are no longer accepting applicants for the January 2022 quarter.
Please submit your application to be considered for the April 2022 quarter.

  1.  What age does my student need to be in order to attend D.C. Oakes?

    • 16 years old. Our school uses Leave of Absences (LOA) for students who need to take a break from school for personal, academic, or disciplinary reasons. This allows students to take time to consider their options while maintaining a line of enrollment with the school and earning some credit toward their diploma. The state requires that students be 16 years old in order to be placed on a LOA, and so the school requires that all students be 16 years old in order to attend.
  2. When are new students enrolled at the school?

    • Every quarter. D.C. Oakes operates on a year-round schedule, with 9-week quarters beginning in July, October, January, and April. We enroll new students every quarter, but never mid-quarter. There is a 3-week break between each quarter, and new students will be notified of their offer of enrollment prior to the break.
  3. What does it mean to be a "school of choice"?

    • Our students choose to be here. We are not a placement school, and students are not assigned to us for behavior, academic, or personal issues. One of the most important principles that contribute to the success of D.C. Oakes and its students is the fact that students and families choose D.C. Oakes. Whether a student has struggled with attendance, grades or poor choices, it is imperative that they believe D.C. Oakes will help them reconnect with a path towards future success and a high school diploma. Making smart personal choices, such as attending a new school, getting good grades, and showing up everyday, can be the foundation of a meaningful and well-lived life.
  4. What happens after we submit an application?

    • Schedule an interview and TABE test. Once the application is received, a file will be made for your student, and the registrar will call your family to schedule a time to interview with the Dean of Students. After the interview concludes, your student should check in with the office staff to take the TABE test the same day. The TABE is not a pass-or-fail test! It is just an evaluation of where your student is currently at with their academics.
  5. What happens if my student has an IEP or 504?

    • It changes who will interview your student. If your student has a current IEP, then Jenifer Nerwin will receive your student's application and reach out to schedule an interview. If your student has a current 504, then Kim Frederics will join Brian Wood for the interview. Parents/guardians will be required to attend the interview.
  6. How does the waitlist work?

    • The waiting list is not first-come, first-served. Once the application is received, your student is placed on our waiting list. The registrar will reach out for more information and/or school documentation, and schedule an interview and TABE. Although the waitlist is not considered first-come, first-served, we do expect prompt response in obtaining required paperwork. If a student delays in retrieving missing portions of their application (copy of IEP, 504, etc), then the interview calendar may be booked up by the time their application is complete.