About the Lottery
Lotteries are open to the public, and parents are encouraged to attend.
Lotteries will be held for any grade in which the number of applications exceeds the number of openings. Numbers are randomly selected, and will continue until a number is drawn for each spot. Siblings will be grouped under one lottery number, and if that number is selected, all members of that sibling grouping will be offered admission. The lottery continues until all names are drawn. Applicants whose numbers are not chosen for admission will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which their names are selected.
Those whose numbers are drawn will have an opportunity to pick up their acceptance packet(s) at the lottery event. However, families are not required to be present. Those not present will be contacted by the school, and an acceptance packet will be mailed to the address provided on the application.
No. All North Carolina charter schools are tuition-free public schools.
You can apply by going online and filling out the application. Once you apply, you will receive a confirmation email. After the Open Application Period, if applications exceed spots, there will be a lottery. You do not need to be present at the lottery to accept enrollment for your child(ren.) All those whose numbers are drawn in the lottery will be contacted by the school. Those numbers that are not chosen will go on a waiting list in the order in which the numbers are drawn. Parents will then need to accept their child’s spot at the Academy. After accepting their spot, the parent must complete an enrollment packet and return it to the school within two weeks. Parents who do not complete their enrollment packet within two weeks will have their child placed at the bottom of the wait list.
All charter schools have an “open application” period during which applications are accepted for the lottery. After the open application period, these applications will go into the lottery and numbers will be drawn for enrollment. Any applications received after this date will go on a waiting list. Once accepted for enrollment, parents will have two weeks to return a completed enrollment packet. If a completed enrollment packet is not turned into the school within that two week period, the student will be placed at the bottom of the wait list.
Yes. All students who apply after the application period will be put on a waiting lists, and we will offer enrollment to students on the waiting list in the order in which application were received. Offers will be made until all seats are filled.
All students who apply during the open enrollment application period have the same chance of getting in. The chances of your lottery number being drawn depends on how many applications are received. Please note that during the open enrollment period, the school will not be able to answer questions about how many applications have been received, because that number will change daily. The exact number will be announced once the open enrollment period has ended.