What is the Lottery?
The lottery is an admissions process required by New York State law that is held when there are more student applications to a charter school than seats available. The lottery randomly selects from all applicants for admission. Students who are not selected in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list for spaces that may become available in the future.
Is Anyone Given Preference in the Lottery?
Yes. The law requires charter schools to give preference to returning students, siblings of students already enrolled in the school and students who reside in the Community School District in which the charter school is located. CACPCS also gives preferences for students who are English Language Learners, students from households headed by a single parent, from families living below NYS self-sufficiency standards, and from families with current or previous child welfare system involvement.