Georgia Connections Academy Lottery Policy

Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) is committed to admitting as many K–12 students as possible within its annually set enrollment limits. Such limits help ensure that students are provided with quality instruction and support, including an effective student/teacher ratio. Therefore, if the number of enrollment applications completed during the annual “open application period” exceeds the available slots, GACA will use a publicly held random lottery to determine who can attend.

If a random lottery is needed, GACA will post the date and time of the lottery on its website Enrollment page. GACA will also notify the primary caretakers of prospective students with completed enrollment applications via email.

The lottery will be conducted in three clusters: Grades K–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The order in which those clusters are drawn and the total number of students selected for each cluster may vary each year in consideration of the school’s overall enrollment limit, the expected number of returning students and any of their siblings who complete an enrollment application during the open application period, and/or other operational factors.

For each grade cluster, a computer program will randomly select a student name from the pool of remaining enrollment applications for that grade cluster until the number of available slots is filled, or the pool of enrollment applications is exhausted. As each student in a grade cluster is selected, siblings of that student for whom an enrollment application is also complete will be accepted as long as a slot in their grade cluster is available.

When all available slots have been filled, students not selected will be placed on a waiting list in the order they completed their enrollment applications. Waitlisted siblings of selected students will be given the first priority to enroll.

The primary caretakers of selected students will receive an email confirmation within two business days after the lottery and must confirm student attendance by a set deadline. Students without confirmed attendance by the set deadline will forfeit their slots to the next eligible students on the waiting list.

Open Application Period and Waiting List Procedure

GACA will have an open application period of one to three months at a time to be specified in the second semester of each school year for the following school year. During this period students who are interested in enrolling must begin by completing the online registration form and provide two verifiable proofs of residency.

  • Stage 1: Caretaker completes online registration form.
  • Stage 2: Caretaker submits required proofs of residency and documents are verified as valid.

No students will be admitted during the open application period. After accounting for returning students and their siblings, if there are more completed applications than available slots at the end of the application period, a lottery will be conducted in accordance with the GACA lottery policy.

GACA will continue to accept applications after the open application period, but these students will be placed on the waiting list in order of the automatically recorded time/date stamp recorded when they complete the enrollment application. These students will be allowed to enroll based on the availability of space in their grade cluster and their place on the waiting list: Students who completed first will be offered the space first.

If the school is not oversubscribed by the end of the open application period, no lottery will be held and GACA will continue to accept applications and admit eligible students in the order they completed the enrollment application, based on availability in their respective grade clusters. Again, once the enrollment limit has been met, students will be placed on a waitlist and allowed to enroll if space becomes available in their grade cluster.

Lottery Procedure (if required)

For the 2017–18 school year, students will be selected in a random lottery drawing in the following order, and siblings of selected students for whom the enrollment application is also complete will be accepted at the same time regardless of grade, as long as space in their grade cluster is still available:

  1. Grades K–5: up to 1,000 students selected
  2. Grades 6–8: up to 1,000 students selected
  3. Grades 9–12: up to 2,000 students selected

The total enrollment will not exceed 4,00 students.

As each student in a grade cluster is drawn, siblings of the selected student, for whom the enrollment application is also complete, will be accepted at the same time, regardless of grade, as long as space in the sibling’s grade cluster is available.

When all available slots have been filled, students not selected will be placed on a waiting list in the order they completed the enrollment process. Waitlisted siblings of selected students will be given the first priority to enroll. If no sibling in the grade cluster where a space is available is interested in enrolling, the next student in that grade cluster on the waitlist will be offered the space.