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Enrollment FAQ

  • The lottery application is open from October - February.  After the open application period applicants need to complete the waitlist application. Once completed you will receive notification from Lotterease.

    If you do not receive confirmation please contact Robin Harwood.

  • Check your Lotterease account first.  Then contact one of our registrars below if you still have questions:

    Lincolnton Campus: Susan Young

    Denver Campus: Robin Harwood

  • Charter Schools are permitted to enroll any student living in the state of North Carolina who is entitled to a free public education. Each charter school has a mission and vision to include a target number of students at each grade level. Most charter schools do not have academic requirements for admission. Charter schools are schools of choice, parents and students choose which school they would like to attend and are limited by space availability.

  • Waiting lists occur primarily because charter schools are market-driven. As a school of choice, parents decide if they want their children to attend the charter school. A successful school will have greater demand.

  • In the following sequence, a lottery will be held for full-time staff members’ children, transfer students, and siblings of currently enrolled students. It will be held at each grade level to establish the acceptance list or wait list if more applicants exist than seats available. After the completion of this process, one combined K-12 lottery will be held for all other applicants. At the conclusion of the lottery, the admissions list and wait list will be compiled according to grade level and campus preference.

  • The lottery process is in the following order:

    1. a student of a LCS full time staff member,
    2. a student transfer request from one campus to another (the student must successfully complete one academic year at LCS before a student is eligible to transfer)
    3. siblings of a currently enrolled student; this may include step-siblings, adopted children and foster care children who live in the same home, as per school and/or state policy
    4. and all students not included in previous 3 categories.
  • One surname will be entered into the lottery for all families (step, half and foster children). Once the surname is selected, all students attached to that one family structure will be accepted if space is available at that particular grade level or placed in sequential order for the next available seat on the waitlist.

  • If multiple birth siblings apply for admission, and a lottery is needed, one surname will be entered into the lottery to represent all of the multiple birth siblings. If that surname of the multiple birth siblings is selected, then all of the multiple birth siblings shall be admitted.

  • Siblings of LCS students who have graduated will be entitled to sibling priority if the sibling was enrolled at least 5 consecutive academic years at LCS.

  • An LCS student who was enrolled within the last two academic years, but left due to an academic study abroad program, competitive admissions residential program, or temporary family military assignment will receive enrollment preference.

  • Click here to visit NC Charter School FAQ.

  • For those wishing to join our school, we form our waitlist anew at the time of the lottery every year. Please visit our Enrollment page for additional information.

  • We will post the final list after the lottery is completed. We do not contact each individual family once the lottery has taken place.