How to justify a school exemption?
Given the exceptional nature of the procedure, the school exemption is not granted automatically. In other words, you must attach the supporting documents necessary for the benefit of a favorable decision.
The school exemption
With regard to the geographic school exemption, you must put forward a personal or professional reason, or even a medical one. In order to avoid automatic assignment to an establishment, you can justify your request by a transfer, a specific mode of care or the evocation of a disability. In order to be valid, the latter must be recognized by the commission of rights and autonomy. It is also possible to argue about following a specific option such as learning a dead language or taking theater lessons, for example.
School at home: legislation and children concerned
The advance waiver
Given the exceptional nature of the procedure, the school exemption is not granted automatically. In other words, it is necessary to attach the necessary explanations for the benefit of a favorable decision. You can submit your request by presenting your child. In order to put forward a relevant argument, focus on the following elements:
- Describe the behavior of the child and the elements which attest to its precocity;
- Develop his interests, his ability to solve problems, puzzles;
- Consider personal qualities, autonomy, motor skills, etc.
For the request for school exemption to be exhaustive, it is also necessary to mention his desire to go to school. We must not neglect his emotional maturity. Which means that he shows himself to be independent and does not fear separation from his parents. In the event that he already knows how to read or count, it is just as important to specify this.
How do I apply for a school exemption?
Procedures for a geographic school derogation
The steps are not the same depending on whether the child is old enough to go to primary school, kindergarten, college or high school.
Thus, for any request for geographic school exemption concerning primary or nursery schools, it is advisable to turn to the town hall of the city or village where the establishment is located. Town hall websites generally offer forms for these procedures and indicate the documents to be provided for the application file.
It takes a maximum of 3 months to get a response. If there is no response, the request is considered accepted. Please note, if your request is accepted, it will be up to you to continue the registration process with the new establishment chosen, and to inform the establishment in which the child should have gone that he will not be registered in the end.
For colleges and high schools, it is not to the town hall that you will have to turn, but to the Directorate of Departmental Services for National Education (DSDEN). Again, you will have to fill out a form and provide supporting documents (be careful, the documents requested differ according to the academies and the reasons for requesting an exemption). For requests for derogations concerning high schools, passing aptitude tests may be required.
As for nursery school and primary school, the processing time for the request is a maximum of 3 months, and it is considered accepted if no response has been given during this period. If the geographical derogation is granted, you will then have to continue the registration to the establishment which will welcome your child.
Whatever the age of your child, anticipate your request! Indeed, the opinions, favorable or not, are given by the end of June at the latest.
Procedures for an early registration school waiver
In order to take the steps related to a school exemption, you can find out about the specificities and requirements of the establishment. For example, the deadline for submission, without forgetting the supporting documents associated with the file. Each request must be subject to a psychological evaluation. This is usually done in a private area, with an approved specialist. This implies paying the related costs.
There are three appointments to determine the profile and aptitudes of the child:
- The first contact is made only with the parents to better understand their expectations and the subject of their request for school exemption.
- The second meeting is an interview with the child, without the presence of his parents.
- Finally, the last meeting aims to give them the report accompanied by specific explanations.
The formalities for the school exemption include a form specific to the host establishment. It should be argued through a cover letter.
Sample letter for a school exemption
In order to obtain a school exemption, it is essential to take care of your cover letter and send it by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt. You will find, below, two typical examples to be personalized according to your situation and the profile of your child.
Letter of request for geographic school exemption
We are sending you this letter in order to ask you to accept a derogation from the school card for the registration of our child…. (identity of the child). Indeed, the school card connects our child to the school…. (name of establishment and address) because of where we live.
However, because… (explain the reasons that lead you to request the exemption)please accept our request for a school exemption allowing us to enroll our child in the establishment…. (name of establishment and address).
We thank you for your attention to our request aimed at the smooth running of our child’s schooling and personal serenity.
Please accept, Madam, Sir, our respectful greetings.
To note : a copy of the application form must be attached to your registered letter.
Letter requesting a school waiver for early registration
My child…. (identity of the child) demonstrates early intellectual and motor skills. At only…. year (child’s age)he already knows… (provide details of his intellectual abilities).
In addition, he is distinguished by his sociability and emotional autonomy. He has a sense of contact, is interested in others and in many fields of activity. For instance,…. (develop the behavior of the child, his personal qualities, specify the centers of interest).
In parallel with my request for a school exemption, I took the steps to carry out a psychological evaluation (if this has already been done, specify this and attach the evaluation report).
I thank you for your attention to this document and remain at your disposal for any further information.
Please accept, Madam, Sir, my respectful greetings.
When should you submit your request for a school exemption?
As mentioned above, it is essential to respect the calendar and the dates imposed by the administration to request a school exemption. The deadlines most often depend on the commissions, as well as on the schools. As a general rule, the delivery of files is fixed for the period March/April in order to allow support for the student for the following school year. Do not hesitate to consult the site of the establishment to find out about the calendar or to obtain a precise date.
What to do in case of refusal of geographical derogation?
If your geographical derogation request has not been accepted, you can appeal within 2 months of the notification of the refusal.
Two appeals are possible: amicable and hierarchical. First, get in touch with the person behind the refusal and ask for your case to be reconsidered, arguing again. If you do not win your case, you can send a letter to the rector of the academy asking to reassess the situation.
As a last resort, you can go to the administrative court.
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