Running a lottery is a crucial aspect of your school’s enrollment process, but there are numerous ways to approach it. Your school’s lottery process can shape your student body, promote diversity, or support your effort to meet enrollment targets. These resources will guide you through lottery procedures, including: the difference between a set-aside, a priority and a preference; enrollment targets and rules for using preferences and current enrollment best practices.
The 2017-18 NYC Department of Education Charter School Directory is available online. Please view the Introduction for general information or the specific borough name for the school listings in your area.
Here you can find commonly used student enrollment templates and exemplars that are useful in the creation of a new school’s procedures. Best practices for student admissions and enrollment can be also explored here.
Action Items and Steps for Lottery Admissions
This October 2010 memo from Roberto Reyes, State Title I Director, clarifies the assignment of Community School District (CSD) preferences for homeless students in charter school admissions lotteries.
The Charter Center’s ELL Specialist, Melissa Katz, has laid out best practices to ensure the accuracy of new students’ Home Language Identification Surveys (HLIS). These HLIS are extremely important, as they will help schools determine who qualifies for ELL testing and services.
The electronic lottery is a simple and transparent option for conducting your school's annual lottery. This demo video provides you with step-by-step instructions for conducting an electronic lottery as well as many best practices.
This guide, originally presented at The New York City Charter School Center in 2012, will provide an overview of best practices in the admissions and enrollment processes.
This one-page overview of New York City charter school enrollment lotteries answers frequently asked questions, including: How do the the lotteries work? Are they fair? Is anyone given special preference? And are charter school applicants representative of NYC students?