New Mexico Connections Academy
Lottery Policy

New Mexico Connections Academy (NMCA) is committed to admitting as many students in grades 4 through 12 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, NMCA will use an electronically generated random number lottery to determine who can attend. The lottery will be open to the public but attendance is not required. If a random number lottery is needed, NMCA will post the date, time and location of the lottery on its website Enrollment page.

Open Application Period

NMCA will have an open application period each year at a time to be specified in the second semester of each year for the following year. To be eligible to enroll or to be included in a lottery if one is necessary, students who are interested in enrolling must apply by completing the online registration form and a valid form of proof of residency.

No new students will be admitted during the open application period. If there are more completed registrations than available slots at the end of the application period, a lottery will be conducted. If the school is not oversubscribed at the end of the application period, students will be admitted on a first come/first served basis until the enrollment cap is met. The school will continue to accept applications from students who will be placed on the waiting list in the date order the application is received.

Lottery Procedure (if required)

The lottery may or may not be conducted in grade clusters. The grade order in which the lottery is drawn and the total number of students selected may vary each year depending on the number of students who receive an enrollment preference (applicable only after SY 2013–14; see below).

NMCA will use an electronically generated random number lottery to determine who can attend. The lottery will be open to the public but attendance is not required. If a random number lottery is needed, NMCA will post the date, time and location of the lottery on its website Enrollment page.

When all slots are filled via the lottery, students not selected will be placed on a waiting list in the order of their lottery number and made an offer to enroll in descending order as space becomes available. The waiting list is for one school year only and will not carry over from school year to school year. A new application must be submitted each year.

After NMCA’s first year, NMCA shall give enrollment preference to:

  1. students who have been admitted to the school through an appropriate admission process and who remain in attendance through subsequent grades; and
  2. siblings of students already admitted to or attending NMCA.

Students selected in the lottery will be provided an offer of enrollment. The offer of enrollment must be accepted within a specified period or the student will forfeit his/her space to the next student on the waiting list. After an offer of enrollment has been accepted, students will have a designated period of time to complete all enrollment requirements or forfeit their space to the next student on the waiting list.