What is a lottery?

Since the number of applicants may exceed the established ceiling, students are selected by lottery. When a student is chosen, siblings of the applicant (within the same household) are also invited for admission, provided there are openings. Students currently admitted are given preference for re-enrollment. Siblings of admitted students are given preference relative to other applicants.

HMCS will not discriminate in its admission policies or practices on the same basis as other public schools may not discriminate in their admission policies and practices.

What is my child's chance of being accepted?

This cannot be determined due to the number of students applying each day for a limited number of openings in the school.

How long is the list?

This cannot be determined due to the number of students applying each enrollment period for a limited number of openings in the school.

When will I be notified of an open position?

We will have enrollment opportunities beginning about January of each year and continuing throughout the year as needed. Parents should watch the website for announcements of dates for each enrollment period. Once our existing student numbers can be assessed and siblings given preference, we will run the lottery to fill any openings that may be available. This takes place about February or March. If your child is selected, you will receive an email or a phone call. You must either accept or reject the position within the stated period of time in the email message. If you choose not to attend, or if you do not contact the appropriate person within the given timeframe, your student will be declined in the lottery database and your student’s position will be offered to another student.

How will I know if my child has been accepted?

You will receive an email. If you go on vacation, please be sure someone is able to check your email and phone messages.

What if I want to modify my enrollment application?

If you need to update your personal information such as phone number, address, or email address, or if you choose to withdraw your student please use your confirmation number and log into the enrollment website to make any necessary changes.

Is there anything I can do to improve my child's chance of getting in?

By law, the only way to receive preferential treatment during enrollment is under the following circumstances: (1) a sibling is already attending the school or (2) a parent is a founding board member of the school (3) the student’s parent is a teacher employed by the school.

Extra volunteer hours, special favors, or donations are not accepted in exchange for special preference.

What if I forgot my confirmation number?

You may click on the “Resend Confirmation Number” link located on the Enrollment page to have it emailed to you.

When the school is at capacity, can I be placed on a waiting list?

Per federal law, the school is not authorized to maintain a waiting list longer than the Open Enrollment period. All students who apply for enrollment must be entered into a lottery for randomized placement into the school as positions become available.

What do I need to do to confirm my child's slot once they have been selected in the lottery?

In the acceptance email notification, instructions will be given on how to complete registration paperwork. Parents must complete the required paperwork within the time period specified.

How many students will be enrolled at the school?

HighMark Charter School will have 695 students in grades K-9. Grades K-6 will have approximately 50 students each with two classes per grade level. Grades 7-8 will have approximately 115 students each grade level.