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Pine Lake Preparatory is a tuition-free, North Carolina public charter school serving students in Kindergarten through Senior Year. 

The Pine Lake Preparatory community fosters an academically rigorous environment that enables everyone to lead a purposeful life founded on equity, inclusivity, and justice. 

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For the 2023-2024 school year lottery Pine Lake has implemented a new lottery process through Lotterease.

  • Prospective students must apply each year, even if they are already on a waitlist for the current school year. Waitlists, by law, cannot carry over from year to year.
  • All applicants to the lottery must be North Carolina residents at the time of the lottery with a physical North Carolina address. 
  • Prospective Kindergarten students must be five years old by August 31, 2023 to be eligible for the 2023-2024 school year lottery. 
  • Only one application per child will be accepted.
  • You cannot apply for multiple grades for the same child.

**If you have a child CURRENTLY ENROLLED at Pine Lake and you would like to enter an application for a SIBLING OF THAT CURRENTLY ENROLLED CHILD INTO OUR SIBLING LOTTERY, please select the "Sibling  (appropriate grade-level) 2023-2024" lottery for your child's application. You are required to then click on the Enrolled Sibling Preference Group, click submit and then list the currently enrolled sibling's name followed by submit again. If these steps ARE NOT taken, your child will NOT be correctly entered into the Sibling Lottery.

If you DO NOT have a child that is currently enrolled at Pine Lake, you must select the "General (appropriate grade-level) 2023-2024" lottery for your child's application to enter them into our General Lottery. There will be no preference groups for you to select on the next page. Just click submit until you see the application is completed.


Twins/Multiple Birth Siblings

Individual applications need to be completed for EACH twin, triplet, multiplet, etc. sibling being entered into the lottery. However, the last application entered for the group of multiple birth children (based on Surname) will be the one that is visible and used for the lottery. The parent will still see all sibling applications in their Lotterease account.  They can change which application is the primary surname application before the lottery is run.

Siblings with shared birth dates (twins, triplets, multiplets, etc.) will be pulled in sequential order.  For example when twins apply using the same surname, the Lotterease system will see that they both have the same birthday or their birthday is within one day of each other.  If the primary surname application is pulled and offered a seat, the other twin sibling will be given a seat next in sequential order, if there are seats available.  If the primary surname application is waitlisted, the other twin sibling is also waitlisted until the primary surname application is offered a seat and accepts the seat.  Then the other twin sibling will be given a seat next in sequential order as seats are available.

Important Dates

The application process will open through Lotterease on November 1, 2022 at 8:00 am. Sibling Lottery Applications will close on January 31, 2023 at 9:00 pm and General Lottery Applications will close on February  12, 2023 at 9:00 pm. 

The Sibling Lottery will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 7:00 pm at Pine Lake Preparatory (location TBD). 

The General Public Lottery will be held on Saturday, February 25, at 9:00 am at Pine Lake Preparatory (location TBD). The public is welcome to attend in person, or access a livestream - the link will be posted to the PLP homepage prior to February 24th. 

To submit an application for the upcoming year, please go to the Lotterease website for Pine Lake Preparatory (link below), create an account and add the children for whom you wish to submit applications. When the application process opens on November 1, you can log back in and select the appropriate lottery for each child. 

Link to Register for a new Lotterease Parent Account

Link to Login Lotterease with an Existing Account


Post-Lottery Applications

General Lottery Applications can still be submitted after the lotteries have run, but these applications will be placed at the end of the waitlist for the appropriate grade. Students will move from the waitlist to the accepted list as space becomes available. Enrollment for the waitlist is ongoing, and families are encouraged to apply.

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Why Apply for Enrollment to Pine Lake Preparatory? 
We believe that we are "right-sized"and are large enough to offer a full community experience, yet small enough to allow students to be involved in many activities. 
  • A rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, enhanced by programs in Engineering and Computer Science, and Fine Arts 
  • Transportation to community locations 
  • Lunch and Uniform Assistance for families who qualify 
  • Athletics for Middle and High School Students
  • A variety of academic, service, and social extracurricular clubs
  • A caring, qualified, and accessible Faculty and Staff
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