How our lottery works
General Admission to Phoenix Academy
Click the link below to review North Carolina State Board of Education’s legislation on school entry age.
School Entry Age – Legal Requirements
How the General Admission Lottery Works:
- A lottery will happen when applicants out number the seats available in any grade level.
- The lottery is held within the spring of each school year.
- The lottery is computer generated by a third party.
- Students not chosen in the lottery are assigned a placement number based off the date they applied.
- Please Note: In accordance with North Carolina Charter School law (§ 115C-238.29F), siblings of currently enrolled students are given preference to positions that become available. Once all siblings are placed, the General Admissions waiting list will be utilized to fill any remaining positions for enrollment.
- If seats open between the completion of lottery and the start of the next school year, they will be filled as follows:
- First by students on our sibling waiting list (if applicable) and
- Second by students on our general admission waiting list
- If a student is not chosen in the lottery or from the waiting list for the year in which they applied, a new application must be filled out for the next school year.
- Applications for the new school year are accepted beginning October 1st.
- Application from the previous school year are purged annually and do not carry over from year to year.
- In accordance with House Bill (§ 115C-238.29F), the charter school shall enter one surname into the lottery to represent all of the multiple birth siblings. If that surname of the multiple birth siblings is selected, then all of the multiple birth siblings shall be admitted.
How the Sibling Lottery Works:
- The Sibling Lottery is held on the same day as the General Admissions Lottery and is a separate lottery from the General Admissions Lottery.
- The lottery will be witnessed by a neutral third party and a school representative.
- All sibling applications received by the application deadline are sorted based on the grade level being applied for.
- Using a computerized random number generating system, each application is assigned a placement number. It is this placement number that determines the order of acceptance into the Phoenix Academy for the following school year.
- Positions are assigned on the basis of availability. Once all available spots have been filled, the remaining applicants will be placed on a sibling waiting list.
- Any unfilled positions that open up between the completion of the lottery process and September of the next school year will be filled as follows:
– First by children on our sibling waiting list (if applicable) and
– Second by children on our general admission waiting list
- Should a position become available, the applicant will be notified by phone.
- If a child does not receive a position for the school year in which they have applied, a new application must be filed in order to be considered for admission for the next school year.
- All waiting lists are purged annually and do not carry over from year to year.
Application and Lottery Procedures for Multiple Birth Siblings:
- Parents/guardians of multiple birth siblings (i.e. twins, triplets, etc.) seeking admission into the Phoenix Academy should complete a “Multiple Birth Sibling Application.”
- At the time of the lottery, one number will be assigned to each Multiple Birth Sibling application.
– Multiple Birth Siblings that have a currently enrolled sibling in the Phoenix Academy will be included as a part of the Sibling Lottery.
– Multiple Birth Siblings that DO NOT have a currently enrolled sibling in the Phoenix Academy will be included as a part of the General Admission Lottery.
- See above for specific lottery procedures.
- In accordance with House Bill 316 (§ 115C-238.29F), the charter school shall enter one surname into the lottery to represent all of the multiple birth siblings. If that surname of the multiple birth siblings is selected, then all of the multiple birth siblings shall be admitted.