At the opening of the Choice Schools & Magnet Programs application window each year, applications that are currently on a waitlist are automatically rolled over to the lottery or to the waitlist for the next grade level.¹

 

Example 1

Hector applied to Hawthorne Academy for PreK-4, which was not a lottery grade for the 2020-21 school year. His application was placed on Hawthorne’s Non Attendance Zone waitlist for PreK-4, and his waitlist position was #9 according to when he submitted his application. Hector did not receive an offer from Hawthorne Academy for that school year. When the 2021-22 application window opens, Hector’s application rolls over into the kindergarten lottery for Hawthorne because kindergarten is a lottery grade for the 2021-22 school year. His application remains categorized as Non Attendance Zone.²

 

Example 2

Lucy applied to Lamar Elementary’s Dual Language program as an English speaker for 3rd grade, which was not a lottery grade for the 2020-21 school year. Her application was placed on Lamar’s Dual Language-English-Non Attendance Zone waitlist for 3rd grade, and her waitlist position was #21 according to when she submitted her application. Lucy did not receive an offer from Lamar Elementary for that school year. When the 2021-22 application window opens, Lucy’s application rolls over onto the 4th-grade waitlist for Lamar because 4th grade is not a lottery grade for the 2021-22 school year. Her application remains categorized as Dual Language-English-Non Attendance Zone.² Because three offers were made to applicants ahead of Lucy on her waitlist, her application moves up to #18.³

 

Example 3

Steven applied to St. Philip’s Early College High School for 9th grade, which was a lottery grade for the 2020-21 school year. He did not receive an offer from St. Philip’s as a result of the lottery, so his application was randomly assigned position #10 on St. Philip’s Out of District waitlist for 9th grade. Steven did not receive an offer from St. Philip’s for that school year. When the 2021-22 application window opens, Steven’s application rolls over onto the 10th-grade waitlist for St. Philip’s ECHS because 10th grade is not a lottery grade for the 2021-22 school year. His application remains categorized as Out of District.² Because two offers were made to applicants ahead of Steven on his waitlist, his application moves up to #8.³

 

Example 4

Adriana applied to Advanced Learning Academy for 8th grade, which was not a lottery grade for the 2020-21 school year. Her application was placed on ALA’s In District | Non Economically Disadvantaged waitlist for 8th grade, and her waitlist position was #37 according to when she submitted her application. Adriana did not receive an offer from Advanced Learning Academy for that school year. When the 2021-22 application window opens, Adriana’s application rolls over into the 9thgrade lottery for ALA because 9th grade is a lottery grade for the 2021-22 school year. Her application remains categorized as In District | Non Economically Disadvantaged.²

 

Example 5

Ricardo applied to Rhodes Middle School for 8th grade, which was not a lottery grade for the 2020-21 school year. His application was placed on Rhodes’ Non Attendance Zone waitlist for 8th grade, and his waitlist position was #2 according to when he submitted his application. Ricardo did not receive an offer from Rhodes for that school year. When the 2021-22 application window opens, Ricardo’s application does not roll over at all because Rhodes Middle School does not offer his next grade level, 9th grade.¹ Instead, he may submit a new application for any Choice School or Program offering 9th grade for the 2021-22 school year when the new application window opens.

 

¹ Applications can roll over into a lottery or non-lottery grade only if that grade is offered at the school. If the next grade level is not offered at the school, then the application will not roll over for the following school year. Instead, the applicant may submit a new application for any Choice School or Program offering their next grade level.

² Existing application categories do not change during a rollover. If an applicant’s information has changed, the family may contact the Enrollment Office to update their application.

³ An applicant’s waitlist number may change throughout any given school year as offers are made to other applicants who have a higher waitlist position. In the example provided, three new offers were made, therefore the waitlist position rolled over into position #18 for the Choice application window for the next school year.

 

For more detailed information on the lottery process, click here to view our FAQ on How the Lottery Works.

For a breakdown of lottery categories and priorities by program, click here.