Lottery Enrollment

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APPLICATIONS

Parents/Guardians may register their rising K- 4th grade children for students interested in applying for the upcoming school year (the “Open Pre-Lottery Application Period”).  SECA will accept applications for student’s for the 2021-2022 school year.  SECA enrollment applications will be made available on the school’s website at secawise.org or paper applications will be made available at the school site.  If the number of applicants exceeds the number of class, grade level, or building seats available, a lottery will be held through Lotterease.

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PREFERENCES

As allowed by state law and in accordance with SECA’s charter, SECA will give enrollment preferences (Priority) in the following order:

  1. Any student whose parent or guardian is a member of the governing board of the school or is a full-time teacher, professional, or other employee at the school;
  2. A sibling of a student enrolled in the school.

LOTTERY PROCEDURE

In the event a greater number of applications are received than spaces available after all priority students have been offered admission, a random electronic selection process shall be used to determine which students will be admitted. Unless otherwise cancelled or withdrawn by the Applicant, all eligible applicants who submit during the Open Pre-Lottery Admission Period will be placed in the lottery conducted by Lotterease.

ELIGIBILITY POLICY

Eligible applicants are those students who reside in Chatham County, meet age requirements for enrollment, and submit a timely application.

The order in which grades will be drawn will be determined by beginning with the grade where the applications received exceed the available spots by the highest percentage of students and ending with the grade for which the opposite is true.

Parents may affirm that their child is registered by going to this link after registering. https://www.lotterease.com/cgi-bin/sl_V2_1.pl?account_id=402&nav=Parents

RESULTS

The lottery results will be posted on SECA and Lotterease website and the parent/guardian of each student who has received a winning lottery number will receive notice via email within 24 hours of the lottery completion.  They will then be given the opportunity to accept a seat.  Parents/guardians will then have until 4:00 PM on the 10th business day from the date of the lottery to either accept or decline the offer.  Acceptance must be made in writing on the Lotterease form.

A parent/guardian who applies after the date of the lottery will be added to the end of the waitlist for the following school year.  If a student is not enrolled from the waitlist by January 12th of the following year a new application must be made during the Open Pre-Lottery Admission Period to be eligible for the following school year.

WAITLIST

Once all seats are filled, all other eligible applicants are assigned a waitlist number based on the order drawn in the lottery. Parents/guardians can access their child’s waitlist position on the SECA website. As openings become available at the applicable grade level, students will receive an “offer” based on their Waitlist order.  Parents will be called and notified digitally of the available seat.  Parents/guardians will then have until 4:00 PM on the 10th business day following the date of notification to either accept or decline the offer.  Acceptance must be made in writing affirmed on the Lotterease form.

ENROLLMENT

After confirming acceptance following the lottery, the applicant who has received a winning lottery seat shall be sent registration materials.  In the event an applicant does not provide the required registration documentation, then SECA shall remove said applicant from the list and offer the seat to the next person on the Waitlist.  Registration deadlines will be included in the documentation packet and must be completed prior to the student beginning school

An applicant is deemed provisionally enrolled upon submitting registration documentation, but is subject to be removed from the provisionally enrolled students list if the applicant fails to produce all completed and required registration documentation in accordance with the schools posted timeline.

NOTE: As part of the registration process, ALL parents/guardians of new students must submit a proof of residence affidavit with their registration paperwork on or before the stipulated deadline to be eligible for enrollment.

 

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What is the Lotterease Seal of Transparency and Fairness?

When you see the Seal on a school website, you can be confident that your application will be included in the school lottery in a fair and transparent way. 

That is because Lotterease is an independent automated lottery system that the school uses to manage their lottery and waitlist.  Since Lotterease is an independent system, the school staff do not have the ability to manipulate or adjust the lottery outcome.  They must work within the requirements of the system.

In addition, all activity that takes place with your application is tracked in a history log that you can view at any time by logging into the parent portal.

If the school you want your child to attend displays the Lotterease Seal of Transparency and Fairness, you can rest assured that you child will get their fair chance to attend the school.