Applying to an NHA School
Who can apply?As a public school, we invite applications from all children who reside in the state in which our school is located and meet age requirements. For specific questions on the school's age requirements, please call our school directly.
When do I apply?We want every child to have an equal opportunity to attend our school. All applications received during Open Enrollment will be given equal consideration after the closing date through a lottery. See the Terms and Conditions page for specific dates of Open Enrollment.
You can also apply after the Open Enrollment period. However, your application will be processed in the order in which it was received, after all previous applications that have been submitted.
Not ready to apply yet?Do you have more questions? Would you like to take a tour? Please provide your name and email address, and we will get in touch with you soon!
Do I need to reapply if I am interested in my child attending another NHA school?Yes. Each school’s enrollment is separate, so a new application must be submitted to each NHA school in which you are interested.
If there is not a seat for my child this year does my application roll over?Applications are valid for one school year only. If your child is on the waiting list, we will notify you of the Open Enrollment period for the next school year, so you can reapply in time to be part of the lottery.
Open Enrollment and Lottery
Open EnrollmentOpen Enrollment for the upcoming school year begins on the first day of school at 8:00 a.m. school’s local time and ends at 5:00 p.m. on the last business day in February. If more applications are received than there are seats available, a random selection lottery will take place to determine which applicants are offered an available seat and determine the order of the waiting list. If fewer applications have been received than there are seats available, all students will be accepted.
LotteryLottery is a random selection process to fill available seats for all grade levels. A lottery is only held if the number of applications received during Open Enrollment is greater than the number of seats available in any grade level. Lotteries take place in March. Lottery information will be posted to the school calendar.
Open Enrollment and Lottery FAQ's
How are children 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 the first day of school at 8:00 a.m.school’s local time and ends at 5:00 p.m. on the last business day in February.
What is the benefit of applying during Open Enrollment?All applications that we receive during Open Enrollment are considered equal. During the lottery, these applications are randomly drawn for available seats. After Open Enrollment, however, applications are placed based on the date and time in which they are received. Your chances of getting a seat are greater by applying during Open Enrollment.
Do you continue to accept applications after Open Enrollment?Yes! We will continue to accept applications throughout the summer and the entire school year.
Can I attend the lottery?Absolutely! The lottery for next school year will be live-streamed online. Interested families may view it by following the link listed on the school's website homepage. The placement of each student will be shown by the student’s number. This number is provided in a letter that is sent prior to the lottery. If you cannot find this letter or do not know your child’s number, please contact the school. We will only provide student numbers via phone to the verified parent/legal guardian.
What if I can’t attend the lottery?You do not have to attend the lottery for your child to be included. Some schools will stream the lottery for those unable to attend.
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 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.
How our Lottery Works
Wonder how our Lottery works? Watch this short video to find out.
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. Questions? Check out our Wait List FAQ's
We will contact you by mail and email if there an available seat at our school for your child. Please keep your contact information up to date at our school. If we cannot get a hold of you by either means, your child’s seat may be forfeited.
Questions? Check out our Accepted Students FAQ's
North Carolina Enrollment Requirements
All you need to do to hold your student’s seat is fill provide the information and forms bolded below. The remaining forms allow us to ensure student safety and well-being and accurate reporting, so we ask that you fill those out as soon as possible. Please refer to the deadline provided in communications in order to secure your child’s seat.
Important paperwork needed to enroll:
- Admissions Form
- Official Release of Records
- Proof of Residency
- Student Residency Questionnaire
- Home Language Questionnaire
- Original Birth Certificate
- Most Recent Immunization Records
- Emergency Contact Information
- Directory and Photo/Video Authorization
- Transportation Permission Form
- Attendance Expectation Form
- Lunch Forms
- Health Assessment (students new to a North Carolina school)
- Annual Health Form
- Parent Volunteer Form (optional)
- Medication Administration Form (only children with medications)
Additional paperwork may also be requested, depending on the school in which your child has been accepted.
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