Admissions Policy

Sterling Montessori Charter School holds a lottery each spring.

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available beginning Monday, January 9th, 2017 through Friday, February 10th, 2017. All students are required by NC Charter School law to complete an application for admission.

Applications may be completed online through our website. If a family is unable to access the internet we will provide a paper application to parents as requested.

All applicants to the lottery must be North Carolina residents at time of the lottery with a physical North Carolina address. Children must be 5 years old on or before August 31 of the enrollment year to apply for Kindergarten.

Enrollment Priority:

Sterling Montessori Charter School follows all rules and regulations regarding enrollment priority as specified in North Carolina charter school law 115C-218.45. Sterling Montessori Charter School Board of Directors has decided to offer admissions priority for the following tiers for the 2017-2018 lottery.

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School Employees: Sterling Montessori Charter School will offer priority enrollment for children of full-time Sterling Montessori Charter School employees, not to exceed 15% of the school’s total enrollment.Siblings: Once one child in the family is a member of the Sterling Montessori Charter School community, siblings of enrolled students receive preferred enrollment status the following year. “Siblings” includes any of the following that resides in the same household: half siblings, stepsiblings and children residing in a family foster home.

If multiple birth siblings apply to the school, their surname will be entered once to represent all of the multiple birth siblings. If that surname is pulled in the lottery all of the multiple birth siblings will be admitted immediately, assuming space availability.

Lottery Process:

A lottery is held if the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or building. The lottery will be publicly noticed and open for public observation.

Sterling’s public lottery drawing will take place on Saturday, March 4th at 9 AM at the school. Parents may attend the live public lottery, but attendance is not required. Families will be notified by email regarding their application status within 24 hours of the day of the lottery.

The lottery drawing is randomly generated by a computer program and a random selection of grades will be used to determine the order in which the grade level lotteries will be called.

After seats are filled, the drawing will continue to determine the order of a waiting list. The school’s waitlist will be updated regularly and parents of students placed on the waitlist will receive periodic communication as to their students place on the waitlist.

If a student has been selected in the lottery the parent/guardian of the student will receive an acceptance notification via email. If the parent is unable to receive email, an acceptance letter will be mailed to the child’s residence.

The lottery results and waiting lists are then posted on the school website, updates are provided as changes occur. Parents may also log onto the school’s website to check the lottery results for their student(s).

Enrollment:

Offers of enrollment will be delivered to lottery selected children through e-mail and also via a courtesy phone call. Prospective families will accept or decline the offer via e-mail or in writing to document their response.

Parents who accept enrollment for their child(ren) to Sterling must provide transportation to and from school.

Parents, appointed or court appointed legal guardians of prospective students, will have 7 business days to communicate stkids1in writing their decision to decline or accept the offer of enrollment. If Sterling Montessori does not receive a response to the offer of enrollment by the close of  business (4 PM) after 7 business days, the lack of response will be considered an effective “declining” of the offer, the student’s name will be placed at the end of the wait list for the grade level, and the offer will be presented to the next prospective student on that specific grade’s waiting list.

Families that have accepted an offer of enrollment must submit required enrollment documents to include a copy of their student’s birth certificate, proof of residency and immunization records within 7 business days after receiving the offer. If we do not receive the enrollment documents within 7 business days, the student’s offer/seat may be forfeited and the seat may be offered to the next student on the waiting list.

The student enrollment packet will be available online and if you are unable to access the internet we will provide paper forms as requested.

After Lottery Submissions:

Paper applications can be submitted after the lottery application period and will be dated and time-stamped. These submissions will be placed at the bottom of the wait list according to the student’s applicable grade level.

Applicants who would have received priority placement during the lottery process will still have priority placement if applications are received after the public lottery drawing, and if seats are available

Any application received after the enrollment period is NOT entered in the lottery, but is added to the end of the grade level waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sterling Montessori Charter School’s Right to Refuse Enrollment:

Sterling Montessori Charter School reserves the right to refuse to enroll any student currently under a term of expulsion or suspension by his or her school until that term is over.

Sterling Montessori Charter School reserves the right to refuse to enroll a student if a parent willingly and knowingly provided incorrect information on the enrollment application.

If an enrolled student does not attend school by the close of business on the third (3rd) day of school, that student will be withdrawn from the school and we will offer the available seat to the next student on the applicable wait list.