Lottery Information

Admissions

Franklin Academy is a tuition free public charter school for North Carolina residents.


Open House for Prospective Students

Open House provides an opportunity to tour our facilities, talk with teachers and pick up an application. You may also drop off completed applications during an Open House session. There is no advantage in coming to either a December or January Open House session since admission to Franklin Academy is based on a lottery system, not on a first come, first serve basis. 

Open House Dates 2019 - 2020:

December Events: all 6:00pm - 7:00pm

  • December 16th: Grades 3-8 (located at Chalks Road Campus)
  • December 17th: Grades 9-12 (located at Flaherty Avenue Campus)
  • December 19th: Grades K-2 (located at Franklin Street Campus)

January Events: all 6:00pm - 7:00pm

  • January 13th: Grades 3-8 (located at Chalks Road Campus)
  • January 14th: Grades K-2 (located at Franklin Street Campus)
  • January 16th: Grades 9-12 (located at Flaherty Avenue Campus)

Franklin Academy Applications

Length of Open Enrollment:  Applications are available from December 2, 2019 until January 31, 2020. 

Applications must be turned in by January 31 at 3:30pm to be included in our lottery. Applications are available online and at each campus location. If applications are faxed, mailed, or emailed in, we request you call and confirm receipt.  The lottery is held during the second week of February.


Lottery Information

How the General Admission Lottery Works:

  • Eligibility: To be eligible for the general lottery, the applicant must be domiciled in North Carolina during the time of the open application period. Proof of residency will be requested by the school at time of enrollment.
  • In accordance with North Carolina Charter School law (§ 115C-238.29F), siblings of currently enrolled students are given preference to positions that become available.   Once all siblings are placed, the General Admissions lottery list will be utilized to fill any remaining positions for enrollment. Once all available spots have been filled, the remaining applicants will be placed on a general admissions waiting list.
  • Ranking Order of Enrollment Priorities:  Any unfilled positions that open up between the completion of the lottery process and September of the next school year will be filled as follows:
    • First by children on our sibling waiting list (if applicable) and
    • Second by children on our general admission waiting list
    • Children of full-time employees and board members are automatically admitted, as long as this preference does not surpass 15% of the overall student enrollment of the school.
  • The lottery will be held within two weeks of the application deadline for the enrollment period.
  • All applications received by the application deadline are sorted by the grade level being applied for.
  • The lottery will be witnessed by a neutral third party and a school representative.
  • Procedure for Lottery:  Using a computerized random number generating system, each application is assigned a placement number. This placement number determines the order of admittance into the Franklin Academy for the following school year.
  • Positions are assigned on the basis of availability.  Should a position become available there is a two-week (10-business days) response window.
  • If a child does not receive a position for the school year in which they have applied, a new application must be filed in order to be considered for admission for the next school year.  All waiting lists are purged annually and do not carry over from year to year.

How the Sibling Lottery Works:

  • In accordance with North Carolina Charter School law (§ 115C-238.29F), siblings of currently enrolled students are given preference to positions that become available.   Once all siblings are placed, the General Admissions lottery list will be utilized to fill any remaining positions for enrollment. Once all available spots have been filled, the remaining applicants will be placed on a general admissions waiting list.
  • The law defines a sibling to include half sibling, step siblings, and children residing in a family foster home who are residing in the same household as the currently enrolled student. Siblings living in separate homes are not eligible under the sibling priority for enrollment. Siblings must reside in the same household at least 50% of the time. In order to be eligible for sibling preference, a sibling must be considered a legal sibling (as determined by NC law) on or before the day of the lottery.
  • To be eligible for the sibling lottery, the applicant must be domiciled in North Carolina during the time of the open application period. Proof of residency will be requested by the school at time of enrollment.
  • The sibling application period begins in October of the year prior to the application year.
  • Information regarding sibling application availability and deadlines will be sent out to parents via RenWeb and Canvas.
  • The Sibling Lottery is held on the same day as the General Admissions Lottery and is a separate lottery from the General Admissions Lottery.
  • The Sibling Lottery will be witnessed by a neutral third party and a school representative.
  • All sibling applications received by the application deadline are sorted based on the grade level being applied for.
  • Procedure for Lottery:  Using a computerized random number generating system, each application is assigned a placement number. This placement number determines the order of admittance into the Franklin Academy for the following school year.
  • Positions are assigned on the basis of availability.  Should a position become available there is a two-week (10-business days) response window.
  • If a child does not receive a position for the school year in which they have applied, a new application must be filed in order to be considered for admission for the next school year.  All waiting lists are purged annually and do not carry over from year to year.

Application and Lottery Procedures for Multiple Birth Siblings:

  • In accordance with House Bill 316 (§ 115C-238.29F), 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, then all of the multiple birth siblings shall be admitted.
  • Parents/guardians of multiple birth siblings (i.e. twins, triplets, etc.) seeking admission into the Franklin Academy should complete a “Multiple Birth Sibling Application.”
  • At the time of the lottery, one number will be assigned to each Multiple Birth Sibling application.
  • Multiple Birth Siblings that have a currently enrolled sibling in the Franklin Academy will be included as a part of the Sibling Lottery.
  • Multiple Birth Siblings that DO NOT have a currently enrolled sibling in the Franklin Academy will be included as a part of the General Admission Lottery.
  • See above for specific lottery procedures. 

Applications Received After the Lottery:

  • Applications submitted after the open enrollment period and lottery will be placed at the bottom of the respective grade level waiting lists, regardless of sibling status.

Application and Lottery Timeline:

December 16, 2019 

Intermediate/Middle School (Gr.3-8) Open House for prospective families - 6:00 - 7:00PM EST
December 17, 2019 High School (Gr.9-12) Open House for prospective families - 6:00 - 7:00PM EST
December 19, 2019 Elementary School (Gr. K-2) Open House for prospective families - 6:00 - 7:00PM EST
January 13, 2020 Intermediate/Middle School (Gr.3-8) Open House for prospective families - 6:00 - 7:00PM EST
January 14, 2020 Elementary School (Gr. K-2) Open House for prospective families - 6:00 - 7:00PM EST
January 16, 2020 High School (Gr.9-12) Open House for prospective families - 6:00 - 7:00PM EST
February 12, 2020 Enrollment Lottery at 9:00 AM EST (open to the public)1
March 2, 2020 Lottery results mailed to applying families by 12:00 PM EST
March 16, 2020 Accept/Decline seat by 3:00 PM EST
April 13, 2020 Complete the Admissions Paperwork2

1 Each application will be assigned a unique number for the lottery. There will be no names or personal information displayed to the general public at any time.

2 Seats are not considered accepted until the admissions form is completed and submitted by the specified deadline. No response by the specified deadline is considered to be a declined seat. All declined seats will be offered to those applicants that were placed on the waiting list, in the order determined by the Lottery.