2021-2022 Lottery Information for Union Academy
Welcome and thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Union Academy (UA) community.
Union Academy is a K-12 tuition-free NC public charter school. UA enrollment is based on the lottery system. Students will be considered for enrollment without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, or physical disability.
Applications for the 2021-22 Enrollment Lottery will be available on the UA website homepage beginning January 11, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. The online application process will close at 10:00 a.m. on March 1, 2021. An Information Session will be held Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom (see below). The public lottery will be held Monday, March 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. in the High School Gym. We ask that you please read the following detailed information before completing a lottery application.
A public information session was held on Monday, January 11, 2021. If you were not able to attend the presentation is posted below.
Most questions can be answered in the information below or on our FAQ page. If you still have a question after the presentation and after reading the information on our website, fill our the Lottery Information Night Question form.
Listed below are important dates for the Union Academy Lottery:
(All in-person events are subject to change based on the current guidelines and restrictions due to COVID-19. Events that cannot be in person will be conducted via Zoom and links will be posted here.)
*We also conduct tours of our school throughout the week (Jan. 11-Mar. 22). Please call Mandy Watkins (704-238-8883) to schedule. (No tours Feb. 15-19).
How It Works
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 15, 2021. 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 school year as follows:
Parents will receive confirmation within 24 hours that their child’s online application has been submitted successfully and entered into a computer database. If you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours, please email email@example.com.
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, 2021 to apply to Kindergarten.
Parents may attend the live, public lottery on March 15, 2021 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 accepted or waitlist status 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.
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 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. If no offer is made, 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.
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, also.
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 forms as well as complete all of the registration forms.
If the offer is denied or not claimed by submitting the completed online enrollment forms and within the five (5) day period, the open seat offer will be made to the first student on the waiting list.
Post Lottery Enrollment Offers After the lottery on March 15, 2021, 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 online 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 26, 2021) for the grade level he/she was accepted into, will not be allowed to enroll for the 2021-2022 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 waitlist. The calls/emails continue until the position is filled or the 20th day of school passes (August 20, 2021).
Post Lottery Applications: Parents who miss the online application window (January 11 through March 1), may still apply online after the lottery on March 24 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amanda Housand at 704-238-8883, extension 1399.
You must create an account on the SchoolAdmin Parent Application Portal to proceed to the New Student Application.
Note: If you created an account last year, you may use the same username/password to access the account so that you can complete the new student application for the school year.