Admission Policy

ADMISSIONS POLICY(G.S.115C-238.29B(b)(4); G.S. 115C-238.29F(d)(1))

Uwharrie Charter Academy will admit any eligible student under North Carolina law who submits a completed application during the enrollment period, unless the number of applicants exceeds the limit for the program, classes, grade levels, or building capacity. As applications are submitted each one will be reviewed for completeness, age/grade of student, and validation that the parent/guardian has reviewed and accepted the school’s philosophy by way of a conversation with the school’s Director of Operations.  In the event that the number of applicants exceeds the maximum, the school will use a lottery system to give all applicants an equal chance for admission. A lottery will not be held if the number of applicants does not transcend the maximum number possible.  UCA will give enrollment priority to siblings of currently enrolled students who were admitted in a previous year and to children of the school's principal, teachers, and teacher assistants. Once enrolled, students are not required to reapply in subsequent enrollment periods.

A lottery is meant to provide a fair and equitable way of admitting students to the school when the number of applicants exceeds the class, program, school, or building maximum capacity.  Following an application period in which the number of applicants exceeds the maximum allowed, a lottery will be conducted within four weeks of the application deadline.

Once a lottery is deemed necessary, the following guidelines will apply:

1.   Letters will be mailed to each applicant’s parent/guardian, informing him/her of the need for a lottery; the date, time, and location of the lottery; and the lottery process.

2.   Balls, such as ping pong balls, with numbers on them will be assigned to each applicant.

3.   The  lottery  will be  conducted  by  a  certified  public  accountant  unaffiliated  with Uwharrie  Charter Academy,  its employees, or the Board of Directors and who has no child attending or wishing to attend the school.

4.   On the day of the lottery, the certified public accountant will ensure that each applicant is represented by a number written clearly on a ball.

5.   Each ball will be placed into a tumbler.

6.   One hour prior to the lottery drawing, interested parties will have the opportunity to review and inspect the lottery process and tumbler.

7.   Prior to drawing the first ball, the certified public accountant shall state that all lottery numbers have been checked and that each applicant is represented by a number.

8.   The certified public accountant will be the only authorized person to draw balls/numbers from the tumbler.

9.   When the accepted number of applicants for the class, program, grade, or building has been reached, the certified public accountant will continue drawing numbers for  the purpose of creating a waiting list.

10. The waiting list will be available for review.

11. As openings occur in the class, program, grade, and/or building, parents of students on the waiting list will be contacted in compliance with the strict order in which the names appear on the list.

The following exceptions to the admissions and lottery process apply each year:

1.   If multiple birth siblings apply for admission to a charter school and a lottery is needed, UCA shall enter one surname into the lottery to represent all of the multiple birth siblings. If that surname of the multiple birth siblings is selected, then all of the multiple birth siblings shall be admitted.

2.   Siblings of currently enrolled students will be given admission priority.

3.   The children of the school’s directors, teachers, and staff will be given admissions priority.  If a new teacher is hired for the current year after the lottery date, his/her children will be given priority for any program, class, grade, or building , which is not already full.  If the child of a director, teacher, or staff member is put on the waiting list, the child will be given first priority and the chance for enrollment of any openings that occur in the grade, program, class, or building.

The following exceptions to the admission and lottery process shall be in effect for the first year only:

1.   Uwharrie Charter Academy will give enrollment priority to children of the initial members of the school’s Board of Directors as long as their children do not exceed more than ten percent of the school’s total enrollment or up to 20 students, whichever is less.