Open Enrollment and Lottery FAQ
How are students selected?When the Open Enrollment period ends, we compare the number of applications we received to the number of available seats in each grade level.
If more seats are available than applicants, we accept all eligible children who applied during Open Enrollment.
If we have fewer seats available than applicants, a lottery will take place to determine which students get a seat and which students are placed on the waiting list. Preferences vary by school and will be granted accordingly during the lottery process.
Children who apply after Open Enrollment closes are processed in the order their applications are received and are placed on the appropriate list - accepted or waiting list.
If your child is on the waiting list, don’t be discouraged! Often, seats become available throughout the summer. We will continue to send you school information if your child is on the waiting list.
When is Open Enrollment?Open Enrollment for the upcoming school year begins on October 1 at 8:00 a.m. school’s local time and ends at 5:00 p.m. on the last business day in November.
What is the benefit of applying during Open Enrollment?Your student has a great chance of receiving a seat when applying during Open Enrollment. All applications received during Open Enrollment are considered equal. During the lottery, these applications are randomly drawn for available seats. After Open Enrollment, applications are placed on the waiting list based on the date and time in which they are received.
Can I attend the lottery?The lottery for next school year will be live-streamed online and can be viewed on the school's website homepage. The placement of each student will be shown by the student’s ID number. This ID number is provided in a letter that is sent prior to the lottery. If you cannot find this letter or do not know your student’s ID number, please contact the school. We will only provide student ID numbers via phone to the verified parent/legal guardian.
How will I find out lottery results?Lottery results will be displayed by the student’s ID number for the sake of privacy and will be posted on the school’s website. Acceptance and waiting list positions will be communicated by mail and email to all applying families once the lottery is complete.
When will lottery results be posted?Lottery results will be posted on the school’s website within 24-48 hours of completion of the lottery. Results will also be mailed and emailed to families following the lottery.
What if I have more than one child?
We want to accommodate families with more than one eligible child, so we give preference to siblings of children who are already enrolled in the school. The eligible sibling will be given the first available seat, or placed on the waiting list with sibling preference, over children who have no enrolled siblings. At our schools in all states, except Ohio, we also grant preference to children whose sibling has been offered a seat to the school (accepted).
Children who share at least one common parent or legal guardian and live in the same household at least 50% of the time are eligible for sibling preference.