(1) Each registered private school shall admit students to kindergarten and first, second, and third grades in accordance with the following priorities:
(a) Students who were enrolled in the school during the preceding year;
(b) Siblings of students enrolled in the school during the preceding year, at the discretion of the school;
(c) Children from low-income families attending school or residing in the school district in which the school is located until the number of such students in each grade equals the number that constituted twenty per cent of the total number of students enrolled in the school during the preceding year in such grade. Admission of such twenty per cent shall be by lot from among all low-income family applicants who apply prior to the fifteenth day of February prior to admission.
(d) All other applicants residing anywhere, provided that all remaining available spaces shall be filled from among such applicants by lot. Children from low-income families not selected by lot under division (A)(1)(c) of this section shall be included in the lottery of all remaining applicants pursuant to division (A)(1)(d) of this section.
(2) Each registered private school shall first admit to grades four through twelve students who were enrolled in the school during the preceding year. Any remaining spaces for students in these grades may be filled as determined by the school.
(B) Notwithstanding division (A) of this section, except where otherwise prohibited by federal law, a registered private school may elect to admit students of only one gender and may deny admission to any separately educated student with a disability.
(C) If a scholarship student who has been accepted in accordance with this section fails to enroll in the school for any reason or withdraws from the school during the school year for any reason, the school may elect to replace such student with another scholarship student only by first offering the admission to any low-income scholarship students who filed applications by the preceding fifteenth day of February and who were not accepted at that time due to space limitations.
Effective Date: 06-26-2003; 06-30-2005; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007 .