A Downtown Community School

2019-2020 Open Enrollment

The open enrollment period for the 2019-2020 school year begins on January 2nd, 2019! Applications are due to the school by midnight on Friday, March 1st, 2019. Our enrollment lottery is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at 5:30pm in the Elementary Campus Boardroom.

We hope you will consider ARS as your school of choice! Continue reading below to learn about the application and lottery process. If you would like to schedule a tour, please call the campus you wish to see to schedule a time.

Admission Policy

American Renaissance School is a tuition free public school dedicated to the success of all students. Admission is open to any North Carolina resident of proper age unless demand exceeds the number of spaces permitted in a charter school agreement with the State.

An application must be submitted for the siblings of current students if the siblings are not currently attending ARS; however, returning students themselves do NOT need to reapply.

Admission Process

All applicants must complete an application and return it to the school prior to the designated deadline. This includes siblings of current and/or past students. Applicants must provide all information requested in the application. Failure to complete the application in full will remove your application from consideration. ARS does not retain applications from previous enrollment periods; if you applied last year and didn’t get in, you will need to complete a new application if you want to be included in this year’s enrollment lottery.

If the number of applications exceeds the number of slots available, a lottery date will be set, applicants notified, and a lottery held to fill openings. All other applicants will be placed on a waiting list set by the lottery. Applications received after the due date will be added to the bottom of the wait list, and applications will no longer be accepted after the 20th day of the school year.

Lottery Process

The lottery process is set by State Law and the school follows all sections of the law outlined by the State of North Carolina. The enrollment lottery is random, transparent, and open to the public. The lottery will consist of up to 18 sub-lotteries for siblings and new students applying to each grade level. All names in each lottery will be randomly shuffled to determine an order, with siblings getting priority at the top of the list. We will offer available seats first, then use the remaining names in order to build a wait list for each grade level. If a current or recently enrolled family chooses not to attend next year, we will call the next family on the wait list to offer them a seat. We will continue to enroll new families until the 20th day of the school year; it is not uncommon for other families to change their plans over the summer or during the first few weeks of school.

Sibling Information

Per state law, qualifying siblings of current and former students are eligible for priority in the enrollment lottery. A sibling must live in the same household and be a direct sibling of the current or former student; this includes step-siblings, half-siblings, and foster siblings. To qualify as the sibling of a former student, the former student must have been enrolled at ARS for a minimum of 3 years and must have completed 8th grade with us.

Multiple Births

Siblings part of a multiple birth are considered together in the lottery; if one sibling is accepted, the other sibling(s) must also be accepted. Our application allows you to submit ONE for all students that are part of a multiple birth.