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Lottery Process Explained


Openings are limited in all Specialty Programs. Availability differs by program, location, and grade level. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. All applications are given a waiting list number based on their Specialty Program choice, grade level, and sequence number. 

The computerized lottery system will assign a random number to each application. Applications are sorted based on this randomly assigned number and assign a sequential number. The lowest random number is assigned number one, the next lowest number two, and so forth. Applications are then sorted by program. Placements are then made on space availability basis only.

The application form permits multiple Specialty Program choices per student. If more than one Specialty Program choice is selected, each choice will be treated equally and placement will be made according to the first available opening. Placement is granted for one Specialty Program choice only. Once placement is made, the other Program selections are no longer an option. 

The lottery will be held at the end of March. Announcement of student selection will not be made at that time. Students selected through the lottery will be notified by mail. Assignments will be made from the waiting list until September 30. Waiting lists will not carry over to the following school year. Continuous updates will not be provided. Notification will be made only when space becomes available.  

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