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.
The NYC Department of Education has integrated the Charter School Directory into their online School Finder Map. We have preset this finder to filter for charter schools. You can include additional filters by address or for borough and grade. Learn more about each school by clicking on it for details of its programs.
Here you can find commonly used student enrollment templates and exemplars that are useful in the creation of a new school’s procedures. Best practices for student admissions and enrollment can be also explored here.
The Charter Center’s Director of NYC Special Education Collaborative and Inclusive Education Initiatives, Melissa Katz, has laid out best practices to ensure the accuracy of new students’ Home Language Identification Surveys (HLIS). These HLIS are extremely important, as they will help schools determine who qualifies for ELL testing and services.
A presentation from the New York City Charter School Center's Start Right Program on student recruitment and the lottery. Also included as separate documents are templates for Project Planning, Event Planning and Documentation as well as resources for recruiting Special Populations such as ELL and special education students.
Action Items and Steps for Lottery Admissions
The electronic lottery is a simple and transparent option for conducting your school's annual lottery. This demo video provides you with step-by-step instructions for conducting an electronic lottery as well as many best practices.
This guide, originally presented at The New York City Charter School Center in 2012, will provide an overview of best practices in the admissions and enrollment processes.
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?