Admission to ACCESS Academy is by application and lottery.  


    Application/Lottery for the 2021-2022 school year opens February 17, 2021, and closes April 16, 2021  

    Eligibility Requirements:

    1. Applicant has scored at the 99th percentile or above on a nationally-normed assessment of Reading, Math, and/or Cognitive Ability

    The student must have a composite score at the 99th percentile to be considered for ACCESS. At this time, the score/s may be from a variety of valid normed assessments such as the ITBS for reading and math, the WISC-V, CogAT7, Ravens, NNAT3, Battelle, and Kaufman.  PPS has also transitioned to using OSAS and Map as a data point for reading and math in formal TAG identification.

    If you received a 2019 99th Percentile Eligibility letter from the PPS Office of Talented and Gifted, this document can be submitted in lieu of the formal TAG Identification letter with the 99th percentile. 

    The cost of testing, and whether it will be covered by insurance, varies based on what tests you are having done and which provider you use. Below is a list of acceptable tests:

     2. Applicant has a demonstrated need for an alternative program.

    ACCESS Academy was established in 2002 as an Alternative Program.  Therefore a student must also meet eligibility as directed by the state requirements for alternative education. A “demonstrated need” requires the applicant’s family and current educators to provide a body of evidence that would suggest an alternative placement is necessary for the student.

    Note: As part of the application, you will need to provide a short statement (<150 words/a few sentences) from a teacher, administrator, counselor or other professional about why your child would benefit from ACCESS. This statement is required for the application, but the content of this statement does not affect your child's chances in the lottery; there is no need to "convince" anyone of how much your child needs ACCESS. A few quick sentences is all you need! Also, if your child is offered a spot, the information you provide is helpful to the teachers. 

    If Applying, Please Keep In Mind: 

    1. Documentation of a 99th percentile is required in order to complete the application. Please have this available prior to completing the application. Documentation should be available in your child's cumulative file at their school. 
      1. The 2020 99th Percentile Eligibility Letter can be used as documentation. 
    2. There are TWO applications: The ACCESS Application AND the SchoolMint Application. Both will need to be completed to be entered into the lottery. 
    3. Regardless of the current availability of seats, families should still consider meeting with their school team and completing the application. 


    Admission to ACCESS Academy is by application and lottery.