The EVCS Lottery

Admission to Elmwood Village Charter School is done through a random lottery drawing that is open to the public.

Public Lottery (2018–2019)

The public lottery for the 2018-2019 school year (the Days Park campus and the new Hertel Park campus) will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  on our main campus at 40 Days Park.

The Lottery Process

The names of all students that have applied are randomly drawn by an impartial member of the community who is neither an employee of Elmwood Village Charter School nor a person who has a vested interest in the outcome of the lottery. All parents and guardians will be notified in writing of their children’s acceptance or place on the waiting list. Lottery results will not be given by phone or e-mail.

Once all available seats have been filled, students will be put on the waiting list in the order that their names were drawn. This waiting list will be used to fill any seats that become available throughout the course of that school year. For most grades after kindergarten, names of students are drawn only for a waiting list.

Waiting lists do not rollover from one year to the next, and instead are refreshed with the most current lottery results each year. As a result, parents and guardians must complete a new application each year for non-admitted students, including those on the waiting list from the previous lottery.

Order of Student Preference

The rules for student preference in our charter school lottery are as follows:

  • Returning Students. Returning students of EVCS are given first preference. Once a student is admitted to EVCS, that child’s place in the school is secure, and he or she will not have to go through the lottery in subsequent years.
  • Siblings. Siblings of current EVCS students are given second preference. This preference does not apply to children accepted through the lottery. Once an accepted student is officially registered, their sibling will be moved from the general waiting list to the sibling waiting list. In the event that there are more siblings applying for admission than available seats, a sibling lottery will be held at the time of the general lottery.
  • EVCS Staff. Children of full-time permanent employees of EVCS are given third preference. Staff preference does not apply to the children of temporary or per diem employees, outsourced service providers, or independent contractors. Eligible staff members must be employed at EVCS on the first day of the school year or they will forfeit their seat to the next child on the waiting list for that grade level. In the event that there are more children of staff members applying for admission than available seats, a staff lottery will be held at the time of the general lottery.
  • City of Buffalo Residents. Students who apply to the lottery as residents of the City of Buffalo are given fourth preference. Proof of residence is required at the time of registration, and they must reside in Buffalo on the first day of school or they will forfeit their seat to the next child on the waiting list for that grade level.
  • All Other Eligible Students. All other eligible applications are then considered for both available seats and the waiting list.