Lottery FAQ


Do I need to be present at the lottery in order for my child to get in?
No. You do not need to be present at the lottery drawing in order for your child to gain placement.


Will you give me my child’s number ahead of time?
No. The assigned lottery numbers are for the lottery process only and will not be provide to applicants before the lottery.


Do siblings automatically get in?
Siblings of current students are given priority in open spaces when there are enough open spaces for siblings. If there are more siblings of current students than open spaces, for example in upper grades, siblings are put into a lottery for placement. Once open spots are filled, all additional names are put onto a wait list.


What is sibling priority?
Sibling priority is given to prospective students who have a brother or sister currently enrolled at Socrates Academy. If a student has a sibling that is currently attending Socrates Academy, his/her name will be grouped with other sibling students in the same grade level. These students are drawn before the names of students in the same grade level who are entered in the lottery but do not have a sibling.


If a space opens up during the school year and I am on the waiting list, how will I be notified?
We notify applicants that are pulled from the wait list by phone, email and/or US Mail.


Can I register at two schools while I try to make my decision?
No. The State of North Carolina will not allow you to register at two schools at the same time. If you are registered at Socrates Academy, you will need to officially withdraw before you will be able to register at your new school.


My child will be starting kindergarten next year. On the application it asks for "Current School" and "Current Grade." What do I put here?
You put your child’s preschool if your child attended preschool, otherwise no information needs to be put into this area.


How will I be notified whether my child is accepted into the school?
Your acceptance packet or wait list number will be sent by US mail.


Will results be posted online?
No. We do not post lottery results online for privacy reasons.


How does the lottery work if you have twins?
Twins are entered into the lottery one time because they are treated as one entry. When twins are drawn in the lottery they both will be able to take open positions at the school.


If I’m on the wait list when can I expect to hear if my child got in?
You will be notified by phone or email if a position opens for your child.


How often is the lottery held?
The lottery is held once a year.


How are the accepted lottery applicants determined?
The lottery results are determined by a computerized program that randomly selects applicants.


My child wasn’t selected in this year’s lottery, will I be able to apply again next year?
You may apply for the lottery position for any grade.


My child wasn’t selected in this year’s lottery, will I need to fill out another application next year if I want to apply?
Yes. Each time you wish for your child’s name to be entered in the lottery, you will need to fill out a current application.


Can I submit my child’s application even if he does not meet the state age requirement?
No. We will only accept students that meet the state age requirement for the lottery. You child must be five years old on or before August, 31st of the year they are applying for.


I applied for two/three of my children for the same program, will all students receive placement?

Only students that are accepted through the lottery process or from the wait list will receive placement.


What if I don’t have all of my paperwork to submit with the application?
Student applications will need to be complete with all required paperwork in order to be entered into the lottery.


What if I miss the due date for the application but still want to apply?
Any applications received after the due date will not be entered into the lottery but will go to the bottom of the waitlist in order received.


Can I call the school to get my lottery results?
Results of lottery will not be provided over the phone.


Can I have someone else pick up my lottery results?
Lottery results will only be provided to a parent or guardian.

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