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.
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?
When charter schools receive more applications than available seats, they admit students by random lottery. Based on a spring survey after the lottery season, the Charter Center produced estimates of the number of applications and unique applicants for charter school enrollment in Fall 2011.