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Endeavor Charter School
Frequently Asked Questions
 
Can you explain the admissions process?
      The lottery application period for the 2014-2015 school year has ended. 
Endeavor Charter School admits students without regard to race, sex, disability, color, religion, nationality or ethnic origin.    Applications for the 2014-2015 school year were available online beginning January 27, 2014 and ending February 21, 2014. After submitting an application online, families were assigned a lottery number and notified via email.  If a family did not have access to a computer or the internet, a paper copy of the application could be requested by calling 919-848-0333.  A lottery will be held on March 6th at 4PM to fill any available seats. Those students who are accepted into available seats will be notified and must turn in a birth certificate, proof of residence, and when applicable, legal paperwork showing custody prior to being offered a seat and receiving an intent form. 
How many openings do you have per grade?  What are my chances of acceptance? 
 As we are moving to a new location for the 2014 - 2015 school year and adding classes at a few lower grades, we anticipate having openings in K-2 for the 2014-2015 school year. As we get closer to the end of the school year, we anticipate having some seats in all grades K-8 open up. We will hold a lottery for all grades K-8, and wait lists will be established for all grades once all seats are filled. If a space opens up in a grade level after our March 6 lottery, we use the wait list to fill seats. We do not fill seats after December 31. On January 1 of each year, wait lists are, therefore, discarded.

Do siblings of current students get priority? What if there are not enough seats for siblings?

Students of staff member, siblings and previously enrolled students get lottery priority. Enrollment priority is given to the following groups in the order listed:
1. Children of school's employees
2. Siblings of currently enrolled students
3. Students previously enrolled at ECS in the past two years who left for an academic study abroad program, competitive admission residential program, or vocational opportunities of the student's parents
4. Siblings of ECS graduates who attended ECS for at least 4 years 
 
5. The general public 
In the event that we have more sibling applicants than available seats, not all siblings will be accepted. A sibling wait list will be established.
I have twins.  How do I apply for them?

In accordance with North Carolina charter law, if multiple birth siblings apply for admissions and a lottery is needed, the charter school shall enter one surname into the lottery to represent all of the multiple birth siblings.  If that surname is selected, then all of the multiple birth siblings shall be admitted.  So, an application would be submitted for each individual sibling, but only one lottery number would be assigned to the multiple birth siblings.  In the event that a seat is available and the lottery number that represents multiple children is next on the waitlist, all multiple birth siblings with that lottery number would be offered admission. 

Why do you require a proof of residency and a copy of the birth certificate?
Because a charter school is independent of any county or city and is funded by the state, students attending Endeavor Charter must live in the state of North Carolina.  In order to receive funding, proof of residency must be kept on file in each student’s permanent record.  In addition, we are required to keep a birth certificate on file for each student as proof of age.  Please note that kindergarten applicants must be 5 years old on or before August 31st of 2014 to be eligible for K during the 2014-2015 school year. Endeavor Charter School cannot accept testing for early entry, we offer K entry on birthdate alone. For grades 1 - 8, entry if offered based on successful completion of the previous school year.  
Do you need an official copy of the birth certificate?
We need a photocopy of the official document, but we do not need a certificate with a raised seal.
What can I use as a proof of residency?
The ONLY acceptable documentation is one of the following items: a signed lease agreement or offer to purchase agreement dated within 45 days of application, or a recently dated gas, water or electric bill, cable or internet bill, porperty tax bill, or a photocopy of the parent/legal guardian's driver's license. 
Can I schedule a tour of the school?

In order to minimize disruption to students and teachers during instructional time, we do not offer tours.  We will host an open house on February 1, 2014.  During the open house, there will a brief information session and an opportunity to tour our current building and classrooms and meet teachers and staff. (As our new building will not be finished until summer 2014, our open house and tours will be in our old building). In the event that you are offered a seat at Endeavor, you will have the chance to schedule a small group tour before accepting or declining the seat. 

Do I need to register for the Open House?

No, you do not. Although children are welcome, please note that the information sessions are for parents. Children who are accepted will have an opportunity to meet their teacher and visit their classroom before the school year begins.

Do I need to be present at the general lottery?

No, you do not. Although you are welcome to attend, please be aware that space is very limited. Your attendance does not affect the outcome. We anticipate the lottery will take a minimum of 2 hours, after which time we will post the results online. 

I didn't attend the general lottery and I don't see my number online?  What happened?  Was my number pulled? 
Be assured that every single number was drawn during the public lottery.  Only those accepted and the first 20 on the wait list have been posted to the website.  Any numbers not listed on the site are after the 20th space on the wait list. If you have a specific question regarding your individual status on the wait list, please contact the school during regular business hours. 
Did you mix up the numbers before the drawing? 
Yes, the lottery numbers were mixed up and drawn at random.  Applicants were assigned lottery numbers in the order they were received, but that order had no bearing on the lottery results. Lottery numbers are printed, placed into buckets by grade level, and pulled at random from the bucket. All numbers are pulled. Once all available seats are filled, wait lists are established. 
 
Last Modified on April 24, 2014