Lottery Process

Names are entered into a computer database and pulled at the General Lottery held in February.  Students are assigned a wait list number based on the order in which their name is pulled for the grade they are applying for.  This will be the wait list number for the year.  If one child in a family receives an offer, siblings will only receive an offer if their wait list number moves up to an offer for the grade they are applying.  They will be considered “siblings” for the next year (after one child in the family is attending) and must apply to the sibling lottery for the following academic year.  Per state law, North Carolina Charter Schools are not permitted to carry-over wait lists year to year; therefore, it is necessary to apply for each school year.


Once one child in the family is a member of the Pine Lake Community, siblings of enrolled students receive preferred enrollment status the following year.  All students are required by NC Charter School law to complete an application for admission.  Applications for siblings are available online from November 1st to January 31st.  The siblings will receive a wait list number or offer for enrollment after the sibling lottery is held in February. Siblings of currently enrolled students are offered placement in the appropriate grade, if space is available in that grade for the following school year. 


Once enrolled, students remain enrolled until a parent withdraws a student by contacting the Registrar’s office.  When a student withdraws, space becomes available in that grade and a call or email is placed to the next person on the wait list.  The calls/emails continue until the position is filled.  Each year school leadership determines how far into the academic year to continue making offers as positions become available.  Factors that affect the decision include space, supplies, and grade level.

Parents may attend the lottery, but attendance is not required.  Attending the lottery does not improve chances of admission.  Families will be notified by mail regarding their lottery number within three weeks following the day of the lottery.