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.