Admissions and Lottery Information
2024-25 School Year
The admissions lottery for the 2024-25 school year will be held on February 29, 2024.
The lottery application will be available here December 12, 2023 through February 15, 2024.
Applications submitted after February 15, 2024 will be added to the bottom of the grade-level waitlist in the order they are received.
Please use the Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch Income Chart to determine if you are eligible to apply for the Socio-Economic Weighted Lottery. If your student's family qualifies for either free or reduced lunch, you will eligible to complete the Socio-Economic Weighted Lottery application.
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2023-24 School Year
The admissions lottery for the 2023-24 school year was conducted on March 1, 2023. Lottery Results
We are fully enrolled for the 2023-24 school and do not anticipate enrolling additional students.
To be added to the bottom of the grade-level waitlist for 2023-24, click here. (Note that this is NOT an application for the 2024-25 Charter School Lottery. )
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who may apply?
An application may be submitted for any child who turns five (5) years old on or before August 31st, 2024 OR if the child is or was enrolled in another school in the grade that precedes the one for which application is made. By law, the student must currently reside with a parent or court-appointed legal guardian in North Carolina to apply.
I believe that my child is currently assigned to the wrong grade. Can I apply for a spot in any grade I wish?
Willow Oak Montessori administration may not discuss the specifics of a child’s situation until s/he has been enrolled at the school. Once enrolled, Willow Oak Montessori administration will determine the appropriate grade placement for each student based on factors such as age, maturity, and past academic background. Please see the previous answer for guidance on which grade you should apply for.
My child is home schooled. What grade may I apply for?
According to the State of North Carolina Department of Non-Public Education, the grade level of home-schooled students is determined by the Home School Administrator. As such, you may apply for a spot in the grade that follows the grade that the child is currently enrolled in. Once enrolled, Willow Oak Montessori administration will determine the appropriate grade placement for each student based on factors such as age, maturity, and past academic background.
How will you conduct the lottery?
We plan to use Integrity6 software to conduct the admissions lottery for Willow Oak Montessori. This software has the capability to accurately run our current lottery process. In accordance with our Admissions Policy, at least one impartial community member will be present to observe the lottery.
Do all siblings get a spot in the school if one child is selected in the lottery?
Multiple birth siblings are treated as one entry in the lottery. In all other cases, unless the application is submitted for the sibling of a currently enrolled charter student, each lottery application is treated and processed independently.
Does anyone have priority in the lottery this year?
Priority is given to: i) children or grandchildren of the school's full-time employees and members of the Charter School Board of Directors, ii) students who were enrolled within the two previous school years but left the school to participate in an academic study abroad program or a competitive admission residential program or because of the vocational opportunities of the student’s parent, iii) siblings of currently enrolled students who were admitted to the Charter School in a previous year, iv) siblings of students who have graduated from the highest grade level offered at Willow Oak Montessori and who were enrolled in at least four grade levels offered by Willow Oak Montessori, and v) children whose families are considered Economically Disadvantaged based on Federal National Program Free and Reduced Lunch income guidelines.
See details of our admissions policies below. Please note that students of Willow Oak Montessori Children's House preschool program do NOT receive any priority for a seat at the Charter School.
How long will I have to accept an offered spot in the school if my child is selected in the lottery?
Parents/guardians will be notified that a space is available via email and/or text. They will have seven (7) days to accept the offered spot and submit enrollment paperwork online or in person to the School’s office. Beginning August 1, if a space becomes available, families will have 72 hours from notification to accept the space. Beginning one week prior to the first day of the school year and continuing through the first 20 school days of the school year, families offered a spot from the waitlist will have 24 hours to accept an offered space. After the first 20 days of the school year, families will again have 72 hours to accept an offered space. If an offered space is declined or is not accepted by the applicable deadline, that student’s name will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist and the next person on the waitlist will be offered the space.