Enrollment FAQs

Who may enroll in Excelsior?
Each charter school in North Carolina is open to any student who lives in the state. According to NC law, applicants must live in North Carolina at the time of application.

Excelsior Classical Academy CFA is a public school that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

Our target population is any student living in the Durham area that desires a rigorous, college-preparatory classical education.

Excelsior Classical Academy CFA will have grades K-8 for the 2019-2020 school year. We will eventually grow to be a K-12 school by adding a grade each year.

Is there a tuition fee to attend Excelsior Classical Academy?

No, Excelsior is a tuition-free public charter school.

How do we apply for enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year?

The Open Enrollment period for applying for the 2019-2020 school year begins January 1st and ends February 28th at 4 p.m. Online applications are available through Lotterease on the Apply Now page of our website. We have printed copies of the application in the school office, and our office staff can assist applicants with using Lotterease. Any applications received during the Open Enrollment period will be included in the lottery.

How does the lottery process work?

If there are more applicants than available spaces in a grade, NC state law requires that a lottery be held to fill that grade. Lotteries are generally required for each grade at Excelsior.

When Excelsior’s lotteries are run, Lotterease places applicants in a preference category first in random order, and then all other students in random order. However many applicants can be accommodated by the number of empty slots are selected for admission immediately. Those applicants have 10 days to confirm in Lotterease and return the registration packet to claim the slot. (Applicants can also call or come to the school within the allotted time, and school personnel will confirm for them in Lotterease. Registration packets must still be turned in within the time limit.)

If applicants decline or fail to confirm within the allotted time, they are removed from the roster and the next applicant moves into the vacant spot.

Who are considered siblings?

Siblings include, per NC GS § 115C-218.45F, any of the following who reside in the same household: siblings, half siblings, step-siblings, and foster children.

Siblings of any student admitted in the current year will have enrollment preference the next school year.

Multiple-birth siblings (twins, triplets, etc.) submit a single application. The application is entered into the lottery, if required, under a single lottery number. If that entry is randomly selected, all multiple-birth siblings will be admitted or placed in the same position on the waiting list.

Families may choose to submit a family (Surname) application for all siblings in a household. With this option, if a lottery is required, all siblings in a household will be entered under a single lottery number. If the number is randomly selected during the lottery, all of the children on the application are selected at the same time. If there is still space in any sibling’s respective grade, that child will be admitted. If there is not, the child will be placed on the waitlist at that time.

What is the surname option?

The Surname option is based on the Charter School Lottery Laws of North Carolina. The parent gets a choice to use or decline the Surname option.

If the parent uses the Surname option, then only one application is entered into a school lottery per family regardless of the number of siblings in that family. In this case, before a lottery is run, even though the parent may enter several siblings into a lottery, only the last application that is submitted will be visible and entered into the pending lottery list of applications. However, the parent will still see all sibling applications in their account and, before the lottery is run, they can change which application is the surname application.

When the lottery is run, if a surname application is selected for admission, then the sibling applications will be given preference in the lottery. On the other hand, if a surname application is waitlisted when the lottery is run, then the sibling applications will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist.

After the lottery is run, surname siblings will be treated as normal applicant siblings.

If the parent declined the Surname option prior to the running of the lottery, then all of the siblings in that family are entered into the lottery, but they do not receive any preference as siblings.

Can a student be admitted from the waitlist after school starts?

Yes. Sometimes a student will leave Excelsior during the school year. We may or may not open up the spot to fill from the waitlist, depending on the time of the year, grade level, and other factors. We will usually allow a new Kindergartner in until the end of January, and may accept a student from the waitlist in higher grades through mid-December. A student accepted during the year has 48 hours to confirm acceptance of the spot in Lotterease. Registration papers must be submitted within two subsequent days.

How can we find out more about the school?

We have tours scheduled each week during the Open Enrollment period and in the weeks following the lottery. Please see the list on the Enrollment page or check the calendar.

Do current students have to reapply?

No, but they must fill out and turn in an Intent to Return form in January in order to reserve their spots for the following year.

Do siblings of current students have to apply?

Yes, all new students must fill out applications, including siblings.

Are siblings of current students guaranteed a spot at Excelsior?

No, they get priority enrollment, but are not guaranteed a spot. If there are more siblings of current students than available spots in the necessary grades, siblings, who get preference, are placed, in random order to fill the available positions. Any siblings who did not get seats would be placed, in random order, on the wait-lists for their grades. Students without preference will placed on wait-lists after the siblings in random order.

Who gets enrollment preference at Excelsior?

Siblings of students who already attend the school (siblings of currently enrolled students), children of Excelsior employees, and children of Excelsior Board Members.

How many openings does Excelsior have per grade?

Excelsior is adding eighth grade for the 2019-2020 school year. There will be four sections of Kindergarten, four of first grade, four of second, four of third, four of fourth, two of fifth, four of sixth, two of seventh, and two of eighth. Most of the available positions will be in Kindergarten, but there may be a few openings in the other grades as well. You are encouraged to apply and get on the waitlist for this year. There will be approximately 96 positions available in Kindergarten.

How old must my child be to enroll in Kindergarten?

North Carolina law says that students must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2020 to enroll in Kindergarten. That means the child must be born on or before August 31, 2015.

For information about early enrollment in Kindergarten in North Carolina, please visit https://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/policy-manual/kindergarten-early-childhood/standards-for-early-admission-to-kindergarten.

If you wish to follow the process to apply for early enrollment in Kindergarten at Excelsior, you must inform the school during the Open Enrollment period in January and February. Please read the information in the Application carefully to be sure that you meet all requirements and submit all required elements in a timely fashion. Note that application for early entry to Kindergarten does not guarantee that your child will be able to enroll early. Excelsior’s Application for Early Entry to Kindergarten

When my child is admitted to Excelsior, what must I do about his or her former school?

You should fill out a Withdrawal and Transfer Form and give it to your child’s previous school. The previous school will send your child’s records to Excelsior. Kindergarten students who attended preschool do not have to withdraw or obtain records.