The admissions process for the next school year at Chatham Charter begins January 1 each year. The deadline for submitting an application for the lottery is the last school day in February. In early March all completed applications received on or before the February due date are placed in a lottery to form a priority waiting list. The date will be announced and the lottery is open to the public. Parents will be notified of acceptance or their wait list number within 5 school days.
Class size will be limited so one class may fill while another does not. The lottery drawings will be used to prioritize a waiting list to fill open slots in each grade level with openings. *Staff children and siblings of currently enrolled students have top preference of being accepted. If a slot opens for a new student and they also have a sibling on the wait list, that sibling then moves to the top of the waiting list for the next available opening in the grade level applied for. Twins will also be accepted together. 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 expelled for reasons stated in the student handbook.
While Chatham Charter serves K-8 any student who reaches his/her 15th birthday on or before August 31st of the school year will not be allowed to attend the school. If the school extends beyond the 8th grade, the maximum age would progress one year per additional grade (9th – 16, 10th-17, 11th-18, 12th-19). Students who are not within this age requirement would return to their LEA.
Prior to final admission and grade level placement for students who receive a slot, all students will be required to part or all of the following:
A new student will have two weeks to submit the above required information. After two weeks, they may forfeit his/her position in Chatham Charter School to the next person on the list.
*If the parent admits one child and not the other(s), all future rights for sibling preference is forfeited and siblings will enter through the lottery.