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How UA Lottery Works

2019-20 Admissions Lottery is now CLOSED

Admission applications are not accepted after the 20th day of the 2019-2020 school year. (August 23, 2019) 

The 2019-2020 admission wait list does not not carry over to the following 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.  



The admissions lottery for the 2020-2021 school year will open in January 2020. Please check back on the website in January 2020 for more information.



The information below was from the 2019-20 lottery.

Dates/times/other info will be updated as the 2020-2021 lottery in January approaches. Check back at a later date.


Welcome and thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Union Academy (UA) family.

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 2019-20 Enrollment Lottery will be available on the UA website homepage beginning January 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The online application process will close at 10:00 a.m. on March 4, 2019. Information Sessions will be held Monday, January 14, 2019, and Monday, February 11, 2019 in the Multi-Purpose Room beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tours of the Upper Campus will begin immediately following the Information Session. The public lottery will be held Monday, March 18, 2019 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.

Listed below are important dates for the 2019-20 Union Academy Lottery:

January 14, 2019

Online application period begins at 10:00 a.m.

January 14, 2019

February 11, 2019

Information Sessions

6:00 p.m.

Union Academy Multi-Purpose Room

675 North MLK, Jr. Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110

School Tours

following the information sessions

675 North MLK, Jr. Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110

March 4, 2019

Online application deadline (10:00 a.m.)

March 18, 2019

Lottery held, open to public

5:00 p.m.

Union Academy High School Gym

March 26, 2019

Registration Night

6:00 p.m.

Union Academy

Mandatory for students and parents accepted in the Lottery

*Tours by appointment only January 17-March 21 on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

Please call Amanda Watkins at 704-238-8883 to schedule a tour. (No tours will be given on February 21.)


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 18, 2019. 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 2019-20 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 - Siblings of students that have graduated from Union Academy and were enrolled at least four years at the school can receive preference.
  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. 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, 2019 to apply to Kindergarten.

Parents may attend the live, public lottery on March 18, 2019, 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 2019-20 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 form as well as complete all of the registration forms during the Registration Night on March 26,  2019.

If the offer is denied or not claimed by submitting the completed online enrollment form and within the five (5) day period and attending the Registration Night on March 26, 2019, the open seat offer will be made to the first student on the waiting list.

Post Lottery Enrollment Offers After the lottery on March 18, 2019, 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 29, 2019) for the grade level he/she was accepted into, will not be allowed to enroll for the 2019-2020 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 23, 2019).

Post Lottery Applications: Parents who miss the online application window (January 14th through March 4th), may still apply online after the lottery 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 or call Amanda Housand at 704-238-8883, extension 1399.