Enrollment Lottery 2017-2018
Thank you for your interest in Falls Lake Academy!
Falls Lake Academy is a tuition-free public school. Any child who is qualified under the laws of North Carolina for admission to a public school is qualified for admission to FLA. FLA does not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion or ancestry. Children must be 5 (or older) on or before August 31, 2017 to be eligible for Kindergarten during the 2017-2018 school year.
Falls Lake Academy will be taking applications beginning January 3rd, 2017 and ending at 5pm on March 3th, 2017. Applications will be accepted for Kindergarten through 11th grade for the 2017-2018 school year. We are excited to continue our expansion into high school with the first graduating class to be the Class of 2019!
Applications will be accepted electronically and via paper submission (see the links below) . Electronic submission of applications offers families the ability to apply within minutes. After submitting the application, you will be able to review the information submitted and an email confirmation will also be sent out. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact the school office. Click here to apply to Falls Lake Academy. Paper applications will be available in the school office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30pm) or may be printed from the website. Paper applications must be either hand delivered or mailed to the school and postmarked between January 3rd, 2017 and March 3rd, 2017. Families wishing to apply after the March 3rd deadline may come to the school and complete an application in person. The child's name will be placed at the end of the waitlist after the lottery has taken place.
Siblings of current Falls Lake Academy students and children of current Falls Lake Academy full time staff members are admitted before the lottery to any available spots for the grade in which that student is applying. If there are more siblings applying than spots available there will be a lottery held among siblings of Falls Lake Academy students before the lottery of the general public. Reminder that students who are twins, triplets, etc. must each complete an application. However, only one application will be entered in the lottery for those students. If that application is accepted, the sibling's twin or triplet, etc. will also be admitted.
The lottery itself will take place on March 17th at 6:30pm in our school gymnasium. The public is welcome to attend the event, however, attendance will not affect a child’s admission to FLA. Enrollment packets will be mailed electronically to each student admitted through the lottery. If a student has not provided an email and is unable to access an electronic enrollment packet, it will be sent through the mail. This enrollment packet must be completed, signed and returned to the school by April 7th, 2017. This will be used to confirm your commitment to Falls Lake Academy and release your student’s records from their current school. Failure to return your enrollment packet by the deadline will nullify your student's acceptance.
We will host open houses/tours on Wednesday, January 18th; Friday, February 3rd ; and Wednesday, February 22nd for prospective new students and parents interested in learning more about our school. During the open houses, there will be a brief information and question session followed by an opportunity to tour the building and classrooms.
Wednesday, January 18th- Elementary at 6:30pm
Middle and High School at 7:30pm
Friday, February 3rd - Elementary at 9:00am
Middle and High School at 10:00am
Wednesday, February 22th- Elementary at 6:30pm
Middle and High School at 7:30pm
If you are unable to attend the information sessions but have specific questions, you may contact the school office during business hours.
If you have additional questions, feel free to review the FAQ’s, email the office at fallslakeacademy.com, or call us at 919-964-9003.
The Spanish Application must be printed then filled out and sent in to Falls Lake Academy. It must be received by March 4th. Drop off or mail completed application to 1701 East Lyon Station Road, Creedmoor, NC 27522.
El formulario de solicitud debe imprimirse y luego llenarse y enviarse a Falls Lake Academy. Debe recibirse antes del 4 de marzo. La solicitud completada puede entregarla o enviarla por correo a la dirección 1701 East Lyon Station Road, Creedmoor, NC 27522.
2017 Lottery Calendar of Events
January 3rd, 2017- Application period begins
January 18th- Open House Elementary 6:30pm
Middle and High School 7:30pm
February 3rd- Open House Elementary 9:00am
Middle and High School 10:00am
February 3rd- Letters of Intent distributed to current students
February 22nd- Open House Elementary 6:30pm
Middle and High School 7:30pm
February 24th- Letters of Intent Due
March 3rd- Application Period ends at 5pm
March 17th- Lottery held 6:30pm
March 22nd- Enrollment packet mailed electronically
April 7th- Enrollment packet deadline
Who can apply to Falls Lake Academy?
Falls Lake Academy is a tuition free public charter school. FLA admits students without regard to race, sex, disability, color, religion, nationality or ethnic origin. Any child who resides in NC and is eligible to attend Kindergarten through 11th grade may apply.
Does my child that is a current student at FLA need to reapply?
No. Current Falls Lake Academy students do not need to re-apply for admission or enter the lottery process again. They are required to submit a letter of intent for the upcoming school year. This intent letter is due February 24th, 2017 in order to determine any additional openings for the lottery. This form will be available online and sent home to every Firebird family early in February.
My child is currently on the waitlist for this year. How does this affect applications for next year?
The current waitlist for the 2017-2018 school year will be valid until December 20th, 2016. After this date, all students that have not been admitted will need to re-apply for admission for the 2017-2018 school year.
How does my child apply to Falls Lake Academy?
Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available beginning January 3rd, 2017 and must be submitted on or before 5pm on March 3rd, 2017. Applications can be completed electronically or via paper. All applications submitted electronically will receive a confirmation email. Paper applications will also be available in the school office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm) or may be printed from the website. These may be dropped off at the school or mailed but must be postmarked by March 3rd. A lottery will be held on Friday, March 17th at 6:30pm to fill any available seats. Those students who are accepted into available spots will be notified via email and enrollment packets will be distributed electronically around March 22nd . Those students that are not accepted into the available spots will receive an email detailing their waitlist position.
Do we have to be present at the actual lottery?
No, you do not. Although you are welcome to attend, please be aware that your attendance does not affect the outcome. We anticipate the lottery will take about 1 hour, after which emails will be sent with student specific results to all applicants. In an effort to make the actual lottery day quick and efficient, we use a computer program to randomly assign a number to each applicant at the lottery. The number assigned by the program will determine a students’ acceptance or waitlist position.
Do siblings of current students get priority? What if there are not enough seats for siblings?
Yes, Siblings of currently enrolled students get priority in the admission process. In the event that we have more sibling applicants than available seats, not all siblings will be accepted. A sibling wait list will be established.
I have twins. How do I apply for them?
In accordance with North Carolina charter law, if multiple birth siblings apply for admissions and a lottery is needed, the charter school shall enter one surname into the lottery to represent all of the multiple birth siblings. If that surname is selected, then all of the multiple birth siblings shall be admitted. So, an application would be submitted for each individual sibling, but only one lottery number would be assigned to the multiple birth siblings. In the event that a seat is available and the lottery number that represents multiple children is next on the waitlist, all multiple birth siblings with that lottery number would be offered admission.
How many openings do you have per grade? What are my chances of acceptance?
We are adding two classes per grade in grades 2 through 5 bringing us to full capacity of 80 students per grade level in K-11th. As we get closer to the end of the school year, we anticipate having some spots in all grades levels. We will hold a lottery for all grades K-11, and waitlists will be established for all grades once all spots are filled. If a space opens up in a grade level after our March 17th lottery, we use the 2017-2018 waitlist to fill spots.