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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. 

Apply Online Here, Beginning November 1, 2024
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Pine Lake uses Lotterease as our lottery system. 

  • 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, 2025 to be eligible for the 2025-2026 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 "ENROLLED Sibling  (appropriate grade-level) 2025-26" 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 and your application will be moved to the general lottery.

If you DO NOT have a child that is currently enrolled at Pine Lake, you must select the "General Public (appropriate grade-level) 2025-26" 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, 2024 at 8:00 am. Sibling Lottery Applications will close on January 31, 2025 at 9:00 pm and General Lottery Applications will close on February 11, 2025 at 9:00 pm. 

The Sibling Lottery will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2025 at 6:00 pm at Pine Lake Preparatory (Upper School Seminar room.)

The General Public Lottery will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2025 at 9:00 am at Pine Lake Preparatory Upper School Seminar Room. The public is welcome to attend in person, or access a livestream - the link will be posted to the PLP homepage prior to February 22nd. 

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


Lotterease and Enrollease Important User Information

All email confirmations and communication regarding your child’s lottery application will be sent through the Lotterease system with the sender email listed as - Please add this email address to your address book.

Please check your spam or junk folder as communications may initially go there.

As soon as the lotteries finish running you can login to your Lotterease account to see the results for your child’s application.

Please note that if you received a general lottery waitlist number, there may be sibling lottery applicants waitlisted ahead of you. All waitlisted sibling lottery applicants will receive an offer before we get to the general lottery waitlisted applicants.

FOR EXAMPLE: If you are Waitlist #1 for General Lottery 5th Grade 2025-2026, you will need to go to the Lotterease login page. Click on Applicants list on top left of the page. Then select Pine Lake Preparatory as the school in the dropdown box and click submit. Then select Enrolled Sibling Lottery 5th Grade 2025-2026 to see the Sibling Lottery Applicants who are waitlisted ahead of you. Repeat these steps for any grade you are interested in seeing if there are Sibling Lottery applicants waitlisted ahead of General Lottery applicants. If you have any questions, please email

After the lotteries have run, you will receive a status email of your application. If you were offered a seat, the email will ask you to confirm or decline your seat.  You have 5 calendar days (starting when email was sent) to accept or decline the seat.  If you do not respond, your seat will be rescinded at the deadline and your application will move to the bottom of the waitlist for the grade you are applying for. Please make sure you confirm or decline your seat.

If you confirm the seat, you will receive a new email confirming that you have accepted the seat and you will now have access to the Enrollment Form.  You have 7 calendar days to complete the Enrollment Form (starting when the new email was sent).  If you do not complete the Enrollment Form within 7 calendar days, your seat will be rescinded and we will move to the next person on the waitlist.  

The enrollment form does not have to be completed in one sitting.  You can work on it…save it…and come back to it later, if you need to. Please follow these steps to return to your Enrollment Form to finalize it:

Login to Lotterease
Click on child's name on the left
Click on View Lottery Application circle then submit
Select edit by the application
Then select view enrollment form circle then submit
It will take you to the enrollment form and tell you the status at the top and this is where you go to complete anything that is missing.

(Please note, your account is with Lotterease not Enrollease so you must login through Lotterease.  It will not allow you to login to Enrollease with your Lotterease login information.)

If you decline the seat, you will receive an email stating you have declined the seat. There is no further action required by you. *If you know that you are going to decline the seat, we ask that you please decline via the link in the email so that we can move to the next person on the waitlist.

After you start the Enrollment Form, you will receive a separate email asking you to complete a Health Enrollment Form. The link to this form will be included in your email and you will be able to access it via your Lotterease account.  The Health Enrollment Form and the related Health Forms that require a doctor's signature are due as quickly as possible, but no later than the first day of August. You will upload all Health Forms via Enrollease.

All Enrollment paperwork will be submitted through Enrollease.  You do not need to create an account in Enrollease.  You will use your Lotterease account for Enrollease as the systems are linked.

Uploaded documents into Enrollease can be a scanned pdf form or a picture of the completed form from your phone.  We prefer a scanned pdf form, however, if you upload a picture from your phone, please make sure the picture is readable.

As applicants who have been offered a seat decline the seat, the system will automatically send emails to those on the waitlist letting them know if their application has moved to selected status or to a new waitlist number.  Please make sure you are checking your emails so you don’t miss status emails related to your application.

Please continue logging into your Lotterease account in the coming months to see the status of your application. This is the best way to stay on top of where you stand.


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.

Online applications to be put on the waitlist after the lotteries have run will reopen on March 1, 2024 at 8 am.  Please note that any applications received from that point forward will be added to the bottom of the waitlist for the grade you are applying for in the order they are received.

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