Enrollment FAQS

Will you offer before and after care?

Yes! We offer before and after care, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. We also offer after school enrichment courses based on children's interests.

Should I have my child tested prior to enrollment?

Testing is not necessary for admission to Galileo School. We conduct all testing onsite. Any student may enroll as long as their parents want them to learn in an accelerated learning environment.

Will you accept students that reside in other counties besides Seminole?

Per Galileo's Charter Agreement with Seminole County and Interdistrict agreement with OCPS, students who are children of Galileo School employees and Board members residing in Orange County can attend Galileo School and receive preference in the lottery.  Beginning January 2017, all other children residing outside of Seminole County who wish to apply to Galileo and have not been subject to a current expulsion or suspension from another Florida county, may submit an application (1002.31 F.S.). Applications must be received by the deadline posted on the Galileo Website to be included in the rolling lottery. After considering maximum class size pursuant to s.1003.03(4), F.S., and after all Seminole County student applicants have been placed, other applications from out-of-county students will be placed in a separate lottery using the Lottery Procedures outlined on our website and assigned any remaining open seats at Galileo. Per the Galileo School for Gifted Learning Charter, at no time should a student who does not have enrollment preference from outside Seminole County have preference in the lottery over a student who resides in Seminole County.

Are uniforms required?

Yes. We use Lands' End for our uniforms. For more details, see the School Info link under the Parents' tab on our homepage.

How many students attend the school? What are the class sizes like?

Our enrollment will be around 580 students this coming year. Our goal is to remain a small school, to retain our community feel, growing no larger than 600 students, divided between our elementary and middle school population. We follow state class size laws, with 18 students per class in the younger grades and up to 22 students in the upper elementary grades (4th/5th) and middle school.

How does the lottery work?

A random lottery for admission to the Galileo School is held at posted times throughout the year, if enrollment applications exceed the capacity of the school, students are placed on a waitlist for their grade. Parents do not need to be present for their child to be considered for the lottery.

What is the best time to submit my application?

Although our office is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. we do have heavy traffic in the early morning and late afternoon times.  If you would like to avoid long lines, be sure to visit us between 9:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. to submit your application in person.

When can I expect to hear back once I have submitted a completed application?

Once a completed application has been received by our office, an email confirmation will be sent to the email address provided on the application within 7 business days.  Confirmation emails are not automated, but if you have not received a confirmation email within 7-10 business days, please contact our office to verify receipt.

How do I find out if my child has been admitted?

Once a student has been admitted, you will receive an Offer Letter via email to the address listed on your lottery application.

How long do I have to accept attendance, if my child has been admitted?

Written notice of acceptance must be received within two business days of receipt of the offer. Enrollment is not complete until registration packets are submitted to the school by the posted deadline. Families who decline enrollment or neglect to submit their registration packets on time will forfeit their spot in the Galileo School.

How are behavioral and emotional issues addressed?

Our number one rule centers on the Golden Rule and a no teasing/bullying policy. We have both a full-time school counselor and behavior specialist who work with students individually and in groups to help promote prosocial behaviors as well as to help students struggling with emotional issues. All of our teachers are either gifted endorsed or working on their endorsement, which includes training in the social/emotional needs of gifted and talented students.

Would you be willing to consider early entrance for a 4 year old for kindergarten?

We have to follow state guidelines which state that Kindergartners must by 5 by September 1st of the school year.

Why did you choose Sanford as a location for the school?

Most charter schools fail because of their inability to find a suitable, affordable facility that meets school building codes in time for opening day. We were very fortunate that the Seminole County School Board offered us the use of the old Midway Elementary School facility for the cost of maintenance, utilities, and upkeep. We have now established a strong community connection with our families in the area, so we have chosen to remain in the Midway area with our new school building.

How can I help?

We urge all parents to join our PTA. Community volunteers should contact our Office Manager, Jenny Slavik, at jenny.slavik@galileogiftedschool.org to sign up in area of your interest or expertise.