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Enrollment Lottery

Want to join Maureen Joy Charter School next year?
Admission to our school is determined through a lottery system. To be eligible for enrollment, you must submit an application to enter the lottery. The application will be available here on our website.

Our beliefs related to the Lottery process: 

At Maureen Joy Charter School, our philosophy is rooted in the fundamental belief that every child deserves an equal opportunity to access high-quality education. To uphold this ethos, we have meticulously designed our lottery process to be a paragon of fairness and equity. Through transparent procedures and unbiased mechanisms, we aim to ensure that the gateway to our educational offerings is open to all young people, regardless of their socio-economic background, ethnicity, or other individual circumstances. This commitment to equitable access is not just a procedure; it is a reflection of our core values and an integral part of our mission to serve our community.

What is a Charter School Lottery?


Understanding the Basics

  • A charter school lottery is a fair and equitable process used to admit new students to Maureen Joy Charter School when the number of applicants exceeds the number of available seats. Unlike traditional public schools, which typically admit students based on geographic zones, charter schools are open to all students within the state. When demand is higher than the number of spots available, we conduct a lottery to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of being admitted.

Why is a Lottery Necessary?

  • At Maureen Joy Charter School, our mission is to provide a high-quality education to our students. Due to the high demand and limited availability of seats, we've implemented a lottery system to keep the admissions process as fair as possible for all families interested in joining our educational community. We will ensure to widely announce and publicize the application period, so all families interested in participating in the school's lottery are well informed and have the chance to apply.

How Does It Work?

  • Application: Parents must first complete the application process online within the set deadline to be considered for the lottery and upload all required documents.Maureen Joy Charter School will provide two in-person sessions to assist with enrollment, with dates to be determined.Maureen Joy Charter School will provide two in-person sessions to assist with enrollment, with dates to be determined.

  • Notification: All applicants will be notified about the date and time of the lottery.

  • Random Selection: On the day of the lottery, each applicant is assigned a random number. Numbers are then drawn to determine which students will be offered admission and, if necessary, the order of the waitlist.Before conducting the lottery, parents will be informed about the number of available seats for each grade level.

  • Offer & Acceptance: Parents of students who are selected will be notified and must accept the seat by a specified deadline.

  • Waitlist: Applicants not initially offered a seat will be placed on a waitlist and may be offered a seat as they become available.

  • Sibling Preference: Often, we provide sibling preference, which means that siblings of currently enrolled students may receive priority in the lottery process.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a fee to enter the lottery?

  • No, there is no fee to apply or participate in the lottery.

Can anyone apply?

  • Yes, any student who is eligible to attend public school in North Carolina can apply.

What if we miss the deadline for the lottery?

  • Applications received after the deadline will not be included in the lottery but will be added to the waitlist.


  • We understand that the lottery process can be emotional and stressful for families eager to join the Maureen Joy Charter School community. Rest assured, the system is designed to be as fair, transparent, and equitable as possible. For an    y further questions, feel free to reach out to our front office at (919) 908-1600.
Friday, February 23, 2024 
All applications must be received by this date. 
Friday, December 1, 2023 
The lottery application will be available and linked here and on our school’s website. Families who require additional support can contact our front office at (919) 908-1600. 
Monday, March 4, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. 
Our lottery will be held on this date. The event will be live-streamed and available to all. 

Spring 2024 School Tours for Parents

Explore Maureen Joy Charter School Up Close!
We are excited to announce that we will be offering two tours of our school building in the Spring of 2024! This is a fantastic opportunity for prospective and current parents to explore our facilities, meet some of our staff, and get a firsthand look at what makes Maureen Joy Charter School a unique and enriching educational environment.

Save the Date: Dates Forthcoming!

  • We are currently finalizing the dates and times for these tours. Rest assured, we will update this space and communicate with our community as soon as these details are confirmed.

What to Expect (use bullets under this subsection)

  • Take a guided tour of our classrooms, labs, and recreational areas.
  • Hear directly from our educators about our curriculum and teaching philosophy.
  • Get a feel for our school culture and what makes us stand out.

RSVP and More Information

  • Although the dates are forthcoming, we recommend that interested parents keep an eye on our website or follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@Joycharter)  for timely updates. Once the dates are announced, you'll also find information on how to RSVP to ensure your spot on the tour.
Come see the amazing things at Maureen Joy Charter School! Can't wait to meet you!

Got questions? 

Please email us at [email protected] or call us at 919-908-1600.

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