Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public School (DLA) is a tuition-free, 6-8 grade middle school, located in the Field’ s Corner neighborhood of Dorchester.
We are accepting applications for 2020-2021 school year. Please click the “Apply Now” button below to fill out the Boston Public Charter Schools Online Application form to add your child’s name to the lottery. Applications must be received by Saturday, February 29, 2019, at 5:00 PM. Applications received after this deadline will be added to the waitlist.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Any child who is entering grades 6-8 in the Fall of 2020 may apply. A child must reside in Massachusetts in order to enter the lottery. Siblings of current DLA students will receive preference in the lottery. Boston residents will receive preference over Non-Boston residents.
Non-Discrimination and the Enrollment of Homeless Students
Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public School does not discriminate in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its services, programs and activities, on the basis of race, color or national origin, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI); on the basis of sex, in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; on the basis of disability, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); or on the basis of age, in accordance with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1974 (ADEA). In addition, no person shall be discriminated against in admission to the school or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and access to the courses of study and extracurricular activities offered by the school on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, socio-economic status, housing status or homelessness, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language, or prior academic achievement, as required by federal and state law, including MGL c. 71, §89(l); 603 CMR 1.06(1); MGL c. 76, § 5 and 603 CMR 26.00: Access toEqual Educational Opportunity.
The Academy will eliminate enrollment delays caused by requirements of immunization and other health records; residency requirements; lack of birth certificates, school records, or other documentation; guardianship issues; or uniform or dress code requirements [42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(H)].
The Academy will enroll children and youth experiencing homelessness immediately, and ensure they receive educational and related services for which they are eligible [42 U.S.C § 11432(g)(6)(A)(iii)], even if they are unable to produce records normally required for enrollment, or have missed application or enrollment deadlines during any period of homelessness [42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(3)(C)(i)].
The Academy will contact the school last attended by the student immediately to obtain relevant academic and other records [42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(3)(C)(ii)].
If a child or youth experiencing homelessness needs to obtain immunization or other required health records, the Academy will immediately refer the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth to the homeless liaison, who will assist in obtaining necessary immunizations or screenings, or immunization or other required health records [42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(3)(C)(iii)].