Frequently Asked Questions: Student Admission and Registration

My child is currently attending East Tampa Academy VPK. Do I need to submit a new application for the upcoming school year?

No. Currently enrolled students are exempt from the application process. Returning students  are automatically guaranteed a seat for 2022-2023. However, the parent/legal guardian must communicate with Ms. Frankie Jones that your student intends to return next year.

What happens if my child’s name is chosen during the lottery? 

You will receive an email notification stating  that your child is   being offered a seat or will be placed on the waitlist. If you receive an offer to enroll, you will have five (5) business days to accept or decline. If the parent fails to respond to the offer within five (5) business days, the school must contact the next applicant on the waitlist.

What is the next step after I accept the offer to enroll my child at East Tampa Academy VPK? 

You will receive information about the registration process. Parents will have ten (10) business days to complete and return the form and required documents to East Tampa Academy VPK. Registration forms are available online or in paper copy at the school.

If I have one child who currently attends East Tampa Academy and I want my other child to attend, what should I do?

Please complete an admission application during the Open Enrollment period for the child you wish to enroll. To be considered for sibling preference, be sure to identify the name of your currently enrolled student under the “Sibling Attending East Tampa Academy” section of the application.

When is the 2022-2023 Open Enrollment period?

East Tampa Academy VPK’s Open Enrollment period for the 2022 – 2023 school year is in March 2022.

How does my child apply?

An Admission application is available at the school.

To apply by submitting a paper application, pick up an admission application at the school office or call us at (813) 816-2100. When your application is submitted and verified for all required information, you will receive an email confirmation.

When will I be notified of the results of the lottery and how?

If a lottery is required because there are more applicants than seats  available, families of students selected through the random lottery will be notified by e-mail starting June 2022.

What is the difference between an admission application form and a registration  form?

The admission application form is submitted by the parent during the open enrollment period or after to indicate their desire to enroll their child at East Tampa Academy VPK for the upcoming school year.

The registration form is submitted by the parent after the Open Enrollment period closes.

To finalize the registration process, parents are required to submit the following documents:

Submit within ten (10) business days after accepting the offer to enroll.

  • East Tampa Academy VPK Student Registration Form
  • Birth certificate
  • Parent/Guardian driver’s license
  • Proof of Residence (two forms of proof are required). Proof can include: current electric bill; lease agreement, property tax receipt; contract for purchase of home; warranty deed; homestead exemption
  • Special education documents (For students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Section 504 Plan or Education Plan (for gifted)

The following documents must be submitted by August 1, 2022.

  • Immunization Form DH-680 (must be submitted prior to the first day of school)
  • Physical exam form by any U.S. doctor within the last 12 months (must be submitted prior to the first day of school)
  • Custody court documents, if applicable

I submitted an admission application for my child, but I haven’t heard anything. Where is my child in the enrollment process?


Someone will contact you to let you know if either: 1.) your child will be invited to register for the 2022-2023 school year OR 2.) the school received more applications then spaces available for your child’s grade level and the school must hold a random lottery.

If the Open Enrollment period has ended, can my child still apply?

Yes. We continuously accept applications after the Open Enrollment period has ended. If a seat is available we will notify you via phone or email. If there are no openings, he or she will be placed on the waitlist in the order in which the application was received. If an opening becomes available, we will notify you by phone and email.

I applied last year but there were no openings. Do I need to apply again this year? 

 Yes. Applications are year specific and do not roll over from year to year.  Please submit a new application during the school’s Open Enrollment period.

What is a registration packet and how do I get one? 

A registration packet is available after your student has been offered admission and the parent has accepted. If no lottery is required, you will receive an offer letter to enroll your child for the 2022-2023 school year. The letter will outline instructions and timelines for acceptance. Once you accept the offer to attend East Tampa Academy VPK, enrollment instructions will be provided.

How is the number of openings determined? 

The number of openings is determined by the total number of students allowed in each class based on Florida’s Class Size requirements minus currently enrolled students whose parents have communicated their child’s intent to return the following school year.

What happens if there are no openings?

The lottery will still be held; however, students selected in the lottery will be placed on the waitlist in the order in which the names were drawn.

I have three children that will be in the lottery. What happens if one child is offered a spot and the others are not? 

Once one sibling is offered a seat and the parent accepts, the other siblings will qualify for preferred enrollment. Although this does not create an automatic opening for the siblings, it does move them to the “preferred” section at the top of the waitlist. The exact position may depend on any other enrollment preferences already on the waitlist. As soon as an opening becomes available, the parent will be contacted. Due to class-size requirements and overall building capacity we cannot create additional openings for siblings.

My child is on the waitlist but has moved down a spot. How is this possible?

We understand this is frustrating. However, we must follow the preferences permitted under federal and state law. For example, when one sibling is accepted and the other sibling on the waitlist, the waitlisted sibling is given enrollment preference, meaning he/she is moved to the top of the waitlist. Occasionally, parents will see their student move down the list instead of up.

What happens if my child’s name is chosen in the lottery?

You will be contacted by someone at East Tampa VPK.

After accepting the offer, you will have 10 business days to complete the required forms and provide the necessary documents.

I applied on the first day of Open Enrollment. Does that make a difference in the results of the lottery? 

No. It makes no difference if you applied on the first day or the last day of the Open Enrollment period. All students will have an equal opportunity of being selected.

I live in a county OTHER than Hillsborough. Can my student still attend East Tampa Academy, if selected?

Yes, a student who resides in another county can enroll in accordance with Florida’s Controlled Open Enrollment law. If your student is offered a spot, you must submit the required documentation to provide proof of residence and a release from your home county. Please call the school at (813) 816-2100 for additional information and instructions.

If I move either in county or out of county after I have submitted the admission application but before my child has been offered a spot, what should I do?

You must update your admission application information with the school at the time you relocate to your new address. Please contact us at info@easttampaacademy.org. Be sure to include the name of your student and your new address. If your telephone number and/or e-mail address has changed, please provide the updated information so we can contact you.

 When can I tour the school?

During the school year, parents wishing to tour the school are requested to contact the school at (813) 816-2100 to arrange an appointment. Tours can be scheduled from 3:30p.m. – 6:00p.m. Monday – Friday.

For safety reasons and to be respectful to our students and teachers during learning time, tours are not available when school is in session. Tours are not available on school holidays and designated breaks. East Tampa Academy anticipates holding parent information meetings as needed. Dates will be posted on the website or please call the school office for information. (813) 816-2100. Tours will be provided.

Can I attend the lottery?

Yes. If a lottery is required, it will be held at the school and open to the public. Please note that your attendance is not required and will have no impact on the outcome of the lottery.

My child was selected to enroll in East Tampa Academy VPK through the lottery but I declined. Now I’ve changed my mind. What should I do? 

Unfortunately, once you have declined the offer for admission the next student on the list is  notified of an opening. Your student’s name will be added to the end of the waitlist. If an opening becomes available, the school will notify you by phone and email.

What if I want to accept an offer to enroll my child but don’t do it within the time frame stated in the  offer email?

If you do not respond within the timeframe stated in your email, your child’s seat will be offered to the next student on the waitlist. East Tampa Academy VPK makes every effort to contact the parent before the timeframe expires. However, if we do not hear from you we will have to contact the next child on the list.

How long are the waitlists valid?

Waitlists are valid for the school year only. If another student withdraws during the summer, after school begins, or any time through the school year, the vacancy will be filled by the current year’s waitlist.

How will I be notified if an opening becomes available after the lottery?

East Tampa Academy VPK will contact families by e-mail or phone. If we are not able to reach you by phone, we will leave a voice message. Parents will have 48 hours to confirm or decline acceptance to enroll their student.

I submitted an application but changed my mind and do not want my student to be entered in the lottery. What should I do?

Please contact us by e-mail at admissions@easttampaacademy.org. Let us know you would like to remove your child from the lottery.

Requests to remove a student from the lottery or waitlist must be done in writing. We cannot accept requests over the phone. Be sure to include the name of your student and the school year.

My contact information has changed. How do I update it? 

 If your telephone number, email address or home address has changed, please notify East Tampa Academy VPK immediately. Call the school office at (813) 816-2100 or email us at admissions@easttampaacademy.org. Be sure to include your child’s name.

May I enter my child more than once in the  Lottery?

No. If it is discovered that a parent/guardian has entered a child’s name more than once using a different e-mail address, reversed the child’s first and last names, or any other misrepresentation in an attempt to have more than one opportunity to be selected through the random lottery process, your child’s application will be considered null and void and removed from the lottery. There are quality checks in place that will discover multiple entries.

Does the school have a Before and Aftercare program? 

Yes. East Tampa Academy offers Before and Aftercare for a minimal additional charge. The Before Care program runs from 7:00 a.m to 7:45 am. The Aftercare program runs from 2:15pm to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the school at (813) 816-2100.

Still have questions? Please contact us at (813) 816-2100 or email us at info@easttampaacademy.org