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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply to Union Academy?

How does the admissions process work?

Do I have to attend the lottery drawing on March 6th and will it better my chances for admission if I do?

We applied last year, but were not accepted, does applying multiple years give us an advantage

What are my chances of acceptance?

What happens if my child’s name is not chosen?

If I am placed on the wait list this year, will that carry over until next year?

May I apply mid-year to your school?

What happens if I apply after the Lottery deadline?

What if I am applying for twins or multiples?

If we know we will be moving to North Carolina before the school year begins, may we apply during the open enrollment period?

If one of my children is accepted this year, but the others are not, will they have enrollment priority next year?

Is there a cost to attend Union Academy?

If I give a monetary donation to the school or pay tuition, may I get my child in?

Is there a volunteer requirement for parents?

How does my student get to and from school?

What type of school calendar does UA follow?

What are your school hours?

Do you provide after school care?

What is the lunch option for all students?

Do you require a dress code for students?

Is there a website where I may read more about NC Charter School law regarding enrollment?

What if I have additional questions?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is eligible to apply to Union Academy?

• Applicants must have parents/guardians who are currently legal residents of North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Division of Charter Schools, mandates that out-of-state residents are not eligible to participate in the lottery.

• Union Academy admits students without regard to ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability. Our state-mandated lottery process results in a random sampling of applicants.

• NC law requires that a child must be five (5) years old on or before August 31st to enroll in public school. Lottery applicants must meet the same criteria.

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How does the admissions process work?

• As a public charter school, we are required to conduct an annual admissions lottery for any opening in every grade. Once enrolled, the student may attend through the 12th grade without further application as long as North Carolina residency is maintained.

• The lottery selection process will establish enrollment of new students where space is available in a particular grade level. A wait list will be established whenever capacity is exceeded in a particular grade level.

• All applications are entered into the SchoolAdmin Software program and stored. We use the software to generate numbers that are randomly drawn during the public lottery. You will need to enter a valid email address and create a password to create a free account. If you created a username/password for the previous admissions year, you may still use the same login information. If you forget your password, you may reset it at any time in the SchoolAdmin Parent Portal.

• You must complete a separate application for each child you wish to enroll in Union Academy Charter School.

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Do I have to attend the lottery drawing on March 6th and will it better my chances for admission if I do?

No, Union Academy will hold a public lottery on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. and you are welcome to attend, but it is not mandatory. 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.

However, if your child is accepted, it is mandatory that you attend a Registration Night on March 14, 2017 or March 16, 2017, at 6:00 pm at the Upper Campus. If you cannot attend one of the Registration Nights, you must contact the school’s Headmaster, Dr. Ann Walters at awalters@unionacademy.org by March 13, 2017, or your seat will be forfeited on this day. The email subject line should read Lottery Registration Night.

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We applied last year, but were not accepted, does applying multiple years give us an advantage?

No, per state law you must apply every year for the appropriate grade.

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What are my chances of acceptance?

Chances of being accepted in the 2017-2018 Lottery are greater than they have been in past years. We are building new facilities and buildings, enabling us to increase our enrollment. We are projecting that around 300 new students will be accepted in this lottery due to added enrollment and natural attrition.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What happens if my child’s name is not chosen?

• A wait list will be established whenever capacity is exceeded in a particular grade level.
• Please keep in mind most natural attrition or movement will happen over the summer and the wait list will continue to be used for any openings until the 20th day of the 2017- 18 school year (August 18, 2017).
 

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If I am placed on the wait list this year, will that carry over until next year?

The wait list does not carry over to the following year. Per state law, you will have to submit a new application every year for the appropriate grade. Once you are enrolled at Union Academy, you are guaranteed a slot in subsequent years (as long as you remain a North Carolina resident) and do not have to reapply. We do not accept students past the 20th school day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May I apply mid-year to your school?

Admissions applications are not accepted after the 20th day of the 2017-18 school year (August 18, 2017). General enrollment closes at this time and the wait list is dissolved.

 
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What happens if I apply after the Lottery deadline?

You may still apply after the lottery application deadline up until the 20th day of the 2017-18 school year. However, your name will be added to the bottom of the wait list for each grade.

 
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What if I am applying for twins or multiples?

• An application must be submitted for each twin or multiple birth child.
• State law allows one lottery number per family surname to be entered into the lottery for twins and multiple birth siblings. If that number is drawn, all multiple birth siblings of that surname will be admitted.


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If we know we will be moving to North Carolina before the school year begins, may we apply during the open enrollment period?

No, students must be residents of the state of North Carolina at the time their application is submitted.

 
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If one of my children is accepted this year, but the others are not, will they have enrollment priority next year?

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.

 
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Is there a cost to attend Union Academy?

No, Union Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school. However, there are activity fees associated with extracurricular activities (i.e. sports, field trips, band, clubs, etc.).

 
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If I give a monetary donation to the school or pay tuition, may I get my child in?

No, UA is tuition-free to all of its students, funded through public tax dollars. The only way a student may gain admittance is through the randomly selected computer generated public lottery drawing.


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Is there a volunteer requirement for parents?

As part of the UA Mission, all Union Academy parents are expected to make a service (volunteer activities) contribution to the school of a minimum of 60 hours per school year.

 
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How does my student get to and from school?

We do not provide bus transportation; parents are responsible for their child's transportation needs. However, we provide shuttle buses for student pick-up and drop-off.

 
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What type of school calendar does UA follow?

We operate on a modified year-round school calendar. Our students attend 190 days over the course of the year. Students have a six week summer break. To view the 2017- 18 school calendar, click here.

 
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What are your school hours?

Union Academy operates on an 8:00 am to 3:00 pm classroom schedule day. Students may enter the school building starting at 7:15 am at both campuses and must be picked up by 4:00 pm if they are not involved in a school sponsored activity.

 
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Do you provide after school care?

We offer after school care for grades K-8. Please click here for more information.

 
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What is the lunch option for all students?

Union Academy does not have a traditional cafeteria equipped with a kitchen and does not prepare breakfast or lunch for its students. The school provides catered lunch from a different vendor each day. The online menu is set up on an a la carte format, enabling you to order as much or as little as you like. Menu items may be purchased through the order form each month or on a cash basis during your child’s lunch period if extra food is available that day. Some items are available to purchase on a daily basis, such as chips, drinks, and ice cream. Please note: Union Academy does not provide free/reduced breakfast or lunch.

 
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Do you require a dress code for students?

Yes, UA students are required to follow a strict dress code. To review the student dress code, please click here.

 
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Is there a website where I may read more about NC Charter School law regarding enrollment?

Yes. Please click here.

 
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What if I have additional questions?

If you have additional lottery or admissions questions, please email lottery@uamail.unionacademy.org

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