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How UA Lottery Works

2017-2018 Post Lottery Application Process:

You may apply online beginning March 22, 2017, and complete a post online application here. Applications will be numbered in the order they are received and assigned wait list numbers after the last wait list number from the computer generated lottery that was held on March 6, 2017.

Note: You must create an account on the SchoolAdmin Parent Application Portal to proceed to the New Student Application.

General Information:

The Lottery drawing is generated by a computer program. All applications must be completed online. The order in which the application is submitted has no bearing on bettering chances for selection since the lottery is a random, computer based drawing.
 
The computer program will randomly select applications for admission at the public lottery held Monday, March 6, 2017. Union Academy may give enrollment priority in certain instances pursuant to North Carolina law, specifically G.S.115C-218.45. The Union Academy Board of Directors, per Board Policy 100.4, will offer admissions priority for the 2017-2018 school year as follows:
  1. Children of school’s full-time employees (minimum of 30 hours a week) (The law limits the amount of staff and/or board children to no more than 15 percent of the school’s total enrollment.)
  2. Siblings of currently enrolled students who were admitted to Union Academy in a previous year. For the purposes of this subsection, the term "siblings" includes any of the following who reside in the same household: half siblings, step-siblings, and children residing in a family foster home.
  3. Children of the Board of Directors (The law limits the amount of staff and/or board children to no more than 15 percent of the school’s total enrollment.)
  4. Opportunity Preference - Exceptions may be made at the Headmaster's discretion. If a former student was enrolled in our charter school within the last two academic years, but left due to an academic study abroad program, competitive admission residential program, or vocational opportunities of the parents, the charter school may grant enrollment preference. Enrollment depends upon availability and must be before the 20th day of school.
  5. Legacy Preference – 1) Siblings of students that have graduated from Union Academy and were enrolled at least four years at the school may receive preference at the Headmaster’s discretion. 2) Children of students that have graduated from Union Academy and were enrolled at least four years at the school may receive preference at Headmaster’s discretion.
  6. Applicants of the general public
 
Parents will receive confirmation within 24 hours that their child’s online application has been submitted successfully and entered into a computer database for one of the priority levels above. If you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours, please email lottery@uamail.unionacademy.org.
 
All students are required by NC Charter School law to complete an application for admission. Only one application per child will be accepted. Submitting duplicate applications to gain advantage will result in disqualifying the student’s application. If a family has more than one child applying for admission, separate applications must be completed for each child. All applicants to the lottery must be North Carolina residents at the time of the lottery with a physical North Carolina address. Children must turn 5 years old before August 31, 2017, to apply to Kindergarten.
 
Parents may attend the live, public lottery on March 6, 2017, but attendance is not required. Attending the lottery does not improve or lessen chances of admission. Families will be notified by email regarding their lottery number within 24 hours of the day of the lottery. Parents may also log onto the account they created to check the results of the lottery and the wait list number per grade level.
 
If there are no spaces available at the grade level for which the student is applying, the lottery will generate a wait-list number assigned to that student based on the order in which his/her name is selected for the grade he/she is applying for. This will be the student’s wait list number for the 2017-18 school 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. If one child in a family receives an admissions offer, other siblings are not automatically included in the offer. Other family siblings will only receive an offer if their wait list number moves up to an offer for the grade they are applying. Siblings of students currently attending Union Academy will be given sibling priority for placement in subsequent years. While we are hopeful to place these siblings within a year, it is possible that it could take longer depending upon the number of siblings for a specific grade level and the number of available slots that year.
 
Multiple Birth Siblings: Siblings with shared birth dates (twins, triplets, etc.) will be pulled in sequential order for all priority levels of the lottery. For example, when twins apply, our computer script identifies the twins prior to the lottery. If one is pulled as wait list number 43, the other twin will be automatically numbered wait list number 44. Then the random ordering of the names will continue. The same applies to acceptance. If one twin is pulled for acceptance, the other is automatically accepted.
 
Post Lottery Enrollment Offers: Open seats will be offered to eligible student applicants immediately following the lottery. These applicants will receive an email that contains enrollment information. Applicants will be given a maximum of five (5) business days to make a decision on the offer and submit the online enrollment form as well as complete all of the registration forms during one of the Registration Nights on March 14th and 16th .
 
If the offer is denied or not claimed within the five (5) day period by submitting the completed online enrollment form, and attending the Registration Night on March 14, 2017 or March 16, 2017, the open seat offer will be made to the first student on the waiting list for that particular grade level.
 
Recipients of waiting list offers will be given five (5) business days to accept or decline the offer. Acceptance will only be granted to those who have completed the on-line enrollment forms and completed the registration requirements with the Registrar’s Office within the five (5) business days following notification of the open seat.
 
Please note: Any student who has not completed all courses by the first day of the Union Academy school year (July 24, 2017) for the grade level he/she was accepted into, will not be allowed to enroll for the 2017-2018 year.
 
Enrollment: Once enrolled, students remain enrolled until a parent withdraws a student by contacting the UA main 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 or the 20th day of school passes (August 18, 2017).
 
Post Lottery Applications: Parents who miss the online application window (January 9th until February 27th), may still apply online after the lottery on March 6th and complete a post online application. Applications will be numbered in the order they are received and assigned wait list numbers after the last wait list number from the computer generated lottery.
 
Please read our FAQ’s for any questions you might have about the Lottery. If you have any additional lottery or admissions questions, please send an email to lottery@uamail.unionacademy.org.