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Lottery Process

If the number of applicants received during an open enrollment cycle exceeds capacity, applicants have an equal chance of being admitted through a public random selection process in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2066(b). One lottery will be conducted per grade per academic year.  If a lottery is needed, GCA will post the date and time the website and will notify the primary caretakers of prospective students with completed enrollment applications via email. The lottery will take place at the GCA office and online for public participation.  The primary caretakers of selected students will receive an email confirmation within two business days after the lottery to the email address provided by the primary caretaker in the student’s application and must complete the enrollment process by supplying compliance documents within 10 calendar days including weekends and holidays of the day such notification was sent. Students who are not compliant by the 10th day will forfeit their seat to the next eligible student on the waiting list.

If the school is not oversubscribed by the end of the open application period, no lottery will be held and GCA will continue to accept applications and admit eligible students in the order they completed the enrollment application, based on availability in their respective grade and submission of compliance documents.

How will I know if I got in?The primary caretakers of selected students will receive an email confirmation within two business days after the lottery to the email address provided by the primary caretaker in the student’s application and must complete the enrollment process by supplying compliance documents within 10 calendar days including weekends and holidays of the day such notification was sent.  Students who are not compliant by the 10th day will forfeit their seat to the next eligible student on the waiting list.

Compliance documents include the following:

  • Proof of Residency
  • Proof of Guardianship
  • Proof of Age
  • Social Security Card or Waiver
  • Release of Records Form
  • Current Report Card/Transcripts
  • Immunization Form 3231
  • Ear, Eye and Dental Form 3300
  • IEP, 504 and/or Gifted Documentation

The primary caretakers of selected wait listed students will receive an email notification to the email address provided at the time of application submission when/if a seat becomes available.  The primary caretaker and must complete the enrollment process by supplying compliance documents within 10 calendar days including weekends and holidays. Students who are not compliant by the 10th day will forfeit their seat to the next eligible student on the waiting list.

If a mistake has been made and a student who has not been granted admission was denied or waitlisted and cannot be enrolled without potentially violating the enrollment policy cap that staff can make a request to the Board Chair with an explanation of how the mistake happened and that allowing an additional student is necessary in spite of the cap. The Board Chair may, in his/her discretion grant admission to the student or students even if they exceed the enrollment cap for that grade level.