McKinney-Vento Homeless Act

ALA Coastal, Treats All Students With Dignity and Respect.

As part of the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act, we provide all students (regardless of their home situation)  access to the same educational opportunities and resources. We take our commitment to serve our community seriously and abide by all U.S. education laws. If you have questions about McKinney-Vento or would like assistance enrolling your student, please contact ALA Coastal directly. 

Providing Quality Education to Students Regardless of Their Background, Socioeconomic Status, or Nighttime Residence 

ALA Coastal equips every student with the tools of learning to think critically, reason effectively, and communicate persuasively through the rigors of a classical education. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, background, socioeconomic status, or a student’s living situation. Our mission is to offer a safe, cohesive, and consistent environment and PreK-10 education for our enrolled students. 

What is the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act? 

The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Homeless Act) ensures that all children have access to quality education and maintain their educational rights regardless of their nighttime residence or transition. Get additional information from for U.S. Department of Education Laws & Guidance webpage. 

What Defines Homelessness in North Carolina? 

Students who lack fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence are considered homeless. To learn more about how the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act can assist your family and receive available services.

  • Students living in shared housing, a shelter, or transitional/emergency shelters 
  • Students taking refuge at a bus station, park, car, or vacant building 
  • Students and their families living in a motel, hotel, or camping grounds 
  • Students residing in a public or private location that is not designed for sleeping 
  • Students and their families living in a car, bus, or train station
  • Students who live unaccompanied in any of the above circumstances 

What Educational Rights are Protected by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act?

Homeless students at ALA Coastal have the same access to education and educational rights that are granted to other enrolled families. These rights include: 

  • The right to immediate enrollment, even if enrollment-specific documents are not submitted (i.e., permanent address and medical records as proof of residency). 
  • The right to choose their school or to continue to attend their “school of origin.” 
  • The right to transportation to and from school. 
  • The right to participate in the same programs and extracurricular activities as other students. 

Apply for ALA Coastal

If you are interested in attending ALA Coastal but need assistance navigating the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act, reach out to our school directly. Explain your current situation to our administration, and we will help you submit the correct forms and gather the information you are searching for. When you contact us, feel confident and comfortable that we will treat your family and your student with dignity and respect. It is our goal to provide ALL students with the quality education and academic opportunities they deserve! 

To expedite the application and enrollment process, please obtain any transcripts, medical and immunization records, and enrollment records that your current school maintains. 

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