The admissions process for the next school year at Chatham Charter begins September 1st each year. The process is through a lottery, not first come, first serve. The deadline for submitting an application for the lottery is the last school day in January. In early February all completed applications received on or before the January due date are placed in a lottery to form a wait list. The lottery will be held in mid-February. An exact date is announced well in advance. The lottery is open to the public. The 2017-2018 lottery will be held February 10 at 9:00 AM in the lower building multipurpose room. Parents will be notified of acceptance or their child's wait list number within five school days. Currently enrolled students do not have to go through the lottery process, but any of their siblings interested in becoming a Chatham Charter student do have to go through the lottery process.
Class size is limited by our charter, and the total number of students we are allowed to accept is limited by the State of North Carolina. The lottery drawings will be used to prioritize a wait list to fill open slots in each grade level should they occur. Children of staff and siblings of currently enrolled students have top preference of being accepted. Once students are admitted they will retain their slot until they leave voluntarily, graduate from the school, reach an age not served by the school (see next paragraph), or are asked to leave for reasons stated in the student handbook.
Prior to final admission and grade level placement for students who receive a slot, families are encouraged to submit part or all of the following:
1) Meet all health requirements set forth by the state of NC and exhibit records as such;
2) If necessary, submit to an interview which includes parent(s) or guardian, the Head of School, and any faculty member the director has assigned to an interview committee;
3) If necessary, submit to placement exams as directed by the school;
4) Supply a current transcript of grades standardized test scores from current school(s);
5) If necessary, supply a statement or recommendation from the most recent mathematics and language arts teacher; and
6) If school has started and student is transferring in, supply a letter from the current principal of the school from which the student is transferring that states the student is not under a current suspension.
A new student will have two weeks to submit the above required information. After two weeks, he/she may forfeit his/her position in Chatham Charter School.
Tours: We strongly recommend tour requests be made after the February lottery.