Lottery Process

Enrollment is determined by a blind lottery process.

State law requires charter schools to hold a blind lottery for all applicants to charter schools. No preference may be given to balance classes in any way, but there is an order of lottery as follows:

• Younger siblings of currently enrolled students may bypass lottery for kindergarten entry.
• Grade 1-5 siblings of currently enrolled students who are awaiting an opening in their grade will go through a lottery if there is more than one sibling for the same grade. Those siblings will be placed on the waiting list ahead of non-sibling applicants.
• Non-sibling applicants who reside within the Portland Public School District will then be placed by lottery.
• Out of district applicants will be placed by lottery after all in-district residents have been placed.

Late applications are not included in the lottery, and are placed at the bottom of the waiting list in order of receipt.
The lottery is drawn in late March, and families are notified of their status via email by mid-April.

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