Lottery FAQs

The Lottery Registration period for the 2017-18 school year has ended.
 
You are welcome to print out an "After Deadline" registration form and fax/scan/drop off at CSD, but it will NOT be run through the lottery. Instead, your child's name will be added to the bottom of the wait list for the grade your child is being registered for, in order of when we receive it. 

Please visit the Enrolling page to access the "After Deadline" registration form.

The Lottery for the 2018-19 school year is open to the public and is scheduled to occur during one of our board meetings on Monday, February 26, 2018, at 4:00 pm, at our High School campus in the Black Box Theater, located at 404 Armour Street, Davidson 28036. 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

When will registration be available?
October 1 through January 31 of each year.  

What is the registration deadline?
All registration forms must be received in-house or postmarked by January 31.  Any registration form received after January 31 is NOT entered in the lottery but will be added, in the order received, to the end of the appropriate grade level wait list generated by the lottery.

How old does my child need to be to register for Kindergarten?
A child must be five years old on or before August 31 to enroll as a Kindergarten student.  If you have questions about Early Kindergarten Enrollment, please contact the Student Registrar at lottery@csdspartans.org

How do I Register my child(ren) for the Lottery?

You can submit a registration form online (preferred) or you can print out a pdf of the registration form.  You can then return the completed form by Mail, Fax, Scan/Email or drop
off at the HS Front Desk (see address below) any time between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm, M-F.
 

Community School of Davidson
Attn: Lottery Registration
404 Armour Street
Davidson, NC  28036
Fax: 704-896-2025 (Attn: Sunny Montgomery)
Scan and email to: lottery@csdspartans.org


What are my Registration options?

You have three registration options to choose from.  You will choose only one of the registration scenarios explained below:

Option 1: Single child registration.
I am registering only one child for the lottery at this time.

 

Option 2: Separate registrations for each child in family.
Each child is registered separately and given a unique lottery registration number. If one child is admitted, any siblings who are also registered individually, will still keep their initial position on their respective grade level general lottery wait list, but will also be placed on a separate grade level "Sibling Priority Wait List" based on their admitted sibling's admit date and lottery position, but behind any current siblings of students admitted in previous years and any "bundled" siblings from this year's lottery. These "Individually registered sibling priorities" will be eligible for placement starting one year after the lottery in which their sibling was admitted, and will be placed when openings become available in their respective grade levels.  

Note:  If you register using OPTION 2, you must remember to go back after submitting each registration form and complete additional, individual forms for each child you are registering, choosing OPTION 2 for each one.  


Option 3.
 One "Bundled" registration for entire family 
(Multiple birth registrants, i.e. twins, triplets, etc., must choose this option)

All children in a family are "bundled" together under one unique lottery registration number, but will only be registered to run in the lottery under the name and grade of ONE child ("Primary Registrant") and it is up to the parents to choose which child to list first on the registration form as the Primary Registrant.  Generally, the choice is made based on the child in the grade level that may have the greatest chance of an opening.  If the "Primary Registrant" child is admitted, all siblings bundled on the registration form will be eligible for placement in their respective grade level immediately, as long as there is an opening. Otherwise, they will be placed on the "Sibling Priority Wait List" for their respective grade level based on the "Primary Registrant" sibling's admit date and lottery position, but behind any current siblings of students admitted in previous years and before any "OPTION 2"  or "wait one year" siblings, and will be placed as soon as an opening becomes available.

 

How do I know if my registration form has been received?

You should receive an email confirmation containing your Registration Number immediately after submission. PLEASE PRINT OUT THIS CONFIRMATION EMAIL AND KEEP IT IN A SAFE PLACE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.  The Registration Number assigned is the number we will refer to for all further lottery communications and it will be used to find out lottery results. If you do not receive your Registration Number by email confirmation or by mail, after you submit your registration form(s), then your registration did not go through and your child will not be run through the lottery. YOU are responsible for ensuring you receive a Registration Number, and we will do everything we can to help you with that!  Please contact us via email to confirm receipt of registration if you are in doubt.  On a few occasions, registrants have found their email confirmation in their SPAM folder because our confirmation emails contain the word "lottery", so be sure to check there before you email us at lottery@csdspartans.org for assistance.


If I mail or fax in a paper registration form, what happens?
We will manually enter your registration information into our lottery database and assign it a Registration Number.  You will be notified of this number by email (or mail if you did not include an email address on the registration form). PLEASE RECORD THIS REGISTRATION NUMBER AND KEEP IT IN A SAFE PLACE!  It is the number we will refer to for all further lottery communications and it will be required to find out lottery results.   

What if I have forgotten my number?

The first thing we ask is that you check your email.  With the exception of a very few – all confirmations were sent via email when you registered your child.  If you still are unsuccessful – you may email the Student Registrar at lottery@csdspartans.org for assistance.  We respectfully ask that you email rather than call the school.  

I have multiple birth siblings (twins, triplets, etc.), how does that work?
If multiple birth siblings apply for admission to a charter school and a lottery is needed under G.S. 115C-238.29F(g)(6), the charter school shall enter one surname into the lottery to represent all of the multiple birth siblings. If that surname of the multiple birth siblings is selected on the day of the lottery, then all of the multiple birth siblings shall be admitted.  To learn more, please click here.

Do I have to be a resident of North Carolina in order to register for the lottery?
Yes. 
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Division of Charter Schools, mandates that applications from out-of-state residents are not eligible for admission unless proof of North Carolina residency can be provided by the registration deadline of January 31. If you are moving to North Carolina and wish to participate in our lottery, you will have to fill out a hard copy of our registration form and submit it, along with proof of residency, by January 31 in order to be eligible, no exceptions.  Please refer to Paper Registration on the Enrolling Page.

Do I have to attend an Open House?
We strongly suggest you attend an Open House so that you are prepared to accept or decline the slot, if offered at any point, especially if a slot is offered to you in August, when you will have a short window to make a decision.  Our school philosophy is amazing and unique, but is not for everyone. Should you be admitted to CSD on the day of the lottery or throughout the Spring, and have not had the opportunity to attend an Open House, we will be contacting you to attend an information session.  We feel it’s important for all our new families to have an opportunity to hear about CSD to decide if our school’s philosophy and values align with that of your family.

How many spots will you be filling for this lottery?
Open space is determined by the number of current students planning to return. Any openings will first be filled from our Staff/Sibling Priority wait list and then from the general lottery wait list. Please note that we
 anticipate having openings for admission into Kindergarten on Lottery night, and there may be openings in the other grade levels (1st - 12th).  A wait list will be generated for any grade levels which are at capacity. We do, however, typically have openings become available during the late Spring and Summer due to student withdrawal or retention. 

How are siblings of currently enrolled students processed through enrollment?
Siblings of currently enrolled students will need to submit a new Sibling Registration Form each year until they are admitted.  We will send current CSD families a separate sibling registration link to use to submit registrations.  Siblings of students currently attending CSD are given priority for placement as spaces for the applicable grade level become available. Currently, sibling priority wait lists for each grade level are quite large.  While we are hopeful to place these siblings within a year, it is possible that it could take longer. 

I cannot attend the lottery, how can I find out if my child has been admitted?

Beginning at 12:01am, Tuesday, February 27, 2018, you can check your child’s lottery position on our website. Results will be posted and displayed as a PDF. As in years past, you will need to have your registration number in hand to find out results. We will post results based on registration number sorted from smallest to largest.  If your child has been admitted you will see the word "Admitted" next to their registration number. If your child has been wait listed, you will see a number next to their registration number; this number will be their wait list position for that grade level. You may click here to access the Lottery Results page: Lottery Results.  


Unfortunately, due to the volume of registration forms received, LOTTERY RESULTS WILL NOT BE GIVEN OVER THE PHONE OR VIA EMAIL!!  Please check the website link to find your results.  Those admitted on the night of the lottery will be notified by email within a few days and will find their admission paperwork attached to that email.  All required paperwork needs to be completed and returned in its entirety to the CSD Student Registrar in order to secure your child's slot in the time frame referenced in the admission email. 

We will notify any additional admissions after the night of the lottery by phone and then will follow up with the "admission" email, so please ensure you use valid phone numbers and email addresses on your registration form(s).

You can also check your child's lottery position starting on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, by coming to either campus and inquiring at the front desk, anytime during regular school hours, between 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday.

My child is currently on the waitlist; does the waitlist expire once the new lottery is run or does it carry over?
Wait lists do not carry over from year to year.  Each year's wait list expires on January 15. If your child does not get in by January 15, a new registration form must be submitted for the next school year's lottery. You are welcome to register online or pick up a registration form anytime between October 1 and January 31, anytime during regular school hours, between 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday.

What is the State Policy on Charter School Lotteries?
Please click here to view Bill 250 from the General Assembly of North Carolina for more information, or visit: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H250v5.pdf.  

Would it be possible for me to view your Board's Policy concerning the admission of siblings of currently enrolled students, children of full time staff members, siblings bundled in the lottery, Legacy Students as well as Qualified Returning Students?
Of course!  Click on the following link to learn more CSD Enrollment Priority Policy.  

Along those lines, would it be possible for me to view your Board's Policy detailing your Lottery Process?
No problem.  Click on the following link to learn more: 
CSD Lottery Procedure.


Community School of Davidson will not discriminate against any student on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability. Except as required by law, the school will not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, or ancestry.  


 

For example:

 

The Smith family has 4 children eligible for CSD’s lottery. (Mike will be in 12th grade, Susan will be in 4th grade, Sammy will be in 3rd grade and Maddie will be in Kindergarten.) They would like to run all under one unique registration number. The Smith family will need to decide which child and grade level will be entered into the lottery as the “named” registrant. 

The Smith family has chosen to run Maddie through the Kindergarten lottery.

 

They will fill out the Registration form with Maddie’s information, and include all other siblings to be considered for admission in the space provided.

 

On Lottery night, if Maddie is admitted, then the rest of her siblings will also be admitted if there is space available in their respective grade levels. If there is no space, then those siblings will be added to the sibling priority waitlist and be eligible for admission throughout the school year as space becomes available.

For example:

 

The Smith family has 4 children eligible for CSD’s lottery. (Mike will be in 12th grade, Susan will be in 4th grade, Sammy will be in 3rd grade and Maddie will be in Kindergarten.) They would like to run all under one unique registration number. The Smith family will need to decide which child and grade level will be entered into the lottery as the “named” registrant. 

The Smith family has chosen to run Maddie through the Kindergarten lottery.

 

They will fill out the Registration form with Maddie’s information, and include all other siblings to be considered for admission in the space provided.

 

On Lottery night, if Maddie is admitted, then the rest of her siblings will also be admitted if there is space available in their respective grade levels. If there is no space, then those siblings will be added to the sibling priority waitlist and be eligible for admission throughout the school year as space becomes available.

I am currently on the waitlist, does the waitlist expire once the new lottery is run or does it carryover?
The current waitlist for the 2015-16 school year does not carry over; it will expire on January 15, 2016.  If your child does not get in by January 15, a new registration form must be submitted. You are welcome to register online or pick up a registration form anytime between October 1 and January 31 during normal school operating hours (8:30am-3:00pm)

How many spots will you be filling for this lottery?
Open space is determined by the number of current students planning to return. Please note that we
 will only have openings for admission into Kindergarten on Lottery night, as all other grade levels (1st - 12th) are currently at capacity, and a wait list will be generated for these grade levels. We do, however, typically have openings become available during the late spring and summer due to student withdrawal or retention. Any openings will first be filled from our Sibling Priority wait list and then from the general lottery wait list.

How are siblings of currently enrolled students treated?
Siblings of currently enrolled students will need to submit a new Sibling Registration Form each year until they are admitted.  We will send current CSD families a separate sibling registration link to use to submit registrations.

Siblings of students currently attending CSD are given priority for placement as spaces for the applicable grade level become available.  Currently, sibling priority wait lists for each grade level are quite large.  While we are hopeful to place these siblings within a year, it is possible that it could take longer. 

I am currently on the waitlist, does the waitlist expire once the new lottery is run or does it carryover?
The current waitlist for the 2015-16 school year does not carry over; it will expire on January 15, 2016.  If your child does not get in by January 15, a new registration form must be submitted. You are welcome to register online or pick up a registration form anytime between October 1 and January 31 during normal school operating hours (8:30am-3:00pm)

How many spots will you be filling for this lottery?
Open space is determined by the number of current students planning to return. Please note that we
 will only have openings for admission into Kindergarten on Lottery night, as all other grade levels (1st - 12th) are currently at capacity, and a wait list will be generated for these grade levels. We do, however, typically have openings become available during the late spring and summer due to student withdrawal or retention. Any openings will first be filled from our Sibling Priority wait list and then from the general lottery wait list.

How are siblings of currently enrolled students treated?
Siblings of currently enrolled students will need to submit a new Sibling Registration Form each year until they are admitted.  We will send current CSD families a separate sibling registration link to use to submit registrations.

Siblings of students currently attending CSD are given priority for placement as spaces for the applicable grade level become available.  Currently, sibling priority wait lists for each grade level are quite large.  While we are hopeful to place these siblings within a year, it is possible that it could take longer. 

I am currently on the waitlist, does the waitlist expire once the new lottery is run or does it carryover?
The current waitlist for the 2015-16 school year does not carry over; it will expire on January 15, 2016.  If your child does not get in by January 15, a new registration form must be submitted. You are welcome to register online or pick up a registration form anytime between October 1 and January 31 during normal school operating hours (8:30am-3:00pm)

How many spots will you be filling for this lottery?
Open space is determined by the number of current students planning to return. Please note that we
 will only have openings for admission into Kindergarten on Lottery night, as all other grade levels (1st - 12th) are currently at capacity, and a wait list will be generated for these grade levels. We do, however, typically have openings become available during the late spring and summer due to student withdrawal or retention. Any openings will first be filled from our Sibling Priority wait list and then from the general lottery wait list.

How are siblings of currently enrolled students treated?
Siblings of currently enrolled students will need to submit a new Sibling Registration Form each year until they are admitted.  We will send current CSD families a separate sibling registration link to use to submit registrations.

Siblings of students currently attending CSD are given priority for placement as spaces for the applicable grade level become available.  Currently, sibling priority wait lists for each grade level are quite large.  While we are hopeful to place these siblings within a year, it is possible that it could take longer.