Please read the Frequently Asked Questions before calling the school to inquire about the lottery process.
Apply to Socrates Academy
You may still apply for the current school year until December 15th but you will be added to the end of the wait list for the current year if there are no spots available.
(Please Note: Proof of North Carolina residency will be required if you are accepted into Socrates Academy through the lottery process)
Socrates Academy is a North Carolina Public Charter School and to be eligible to attend you must be a legal resident of North Carolina. If you are accepted through the lottery process, we will request 2 out of 3 of the following documents:
1. Proof of Lease/ mortgage deed
2. Utility Bill
3. Valid Driver's License
We will not be able to make copies of your legal documents for you.
Important Lottery Dates
November 7th 2019 | Open Enrollment begins for the 2020-2021 School Year (for Prospective Families; Current Families can fill out sibling enrollment this day)
Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - Open House Tours - This is not a drop in. Program begins at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - Open House Tours - This is not a drop in. Program begins at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. - Open House Tours - This is not a drop in. Program begins at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, January 24, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. - All applications are due.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | Lottery for 2020-2021 | 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday Tours - No Tours will be held the weeks of May 27th or June 3rd due to testing and end of year celebrations. Tours will not be held during the month of July, but will resume the first Tuesday in August.
If you are interested in touring please come to the two story Middle School building any Tuesday between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. and a staff member or volunteer will take you on a tour of our school. Bring your driver's license with you so you can sign in to the security system when you get to campus.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Academy!
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the lottery work?
The date, time and place of the lottery will be communicated to all applicants. The lottery will be open to the public. Lotteries will be held for any grade in which the number of applications exceeds the number of openings. Names will be randomly drawn and applicants admitted based on the order they are selected. The lottery will continue until all names are drawn.
Applicants who do not get admitted during the lottery process will be placed on a Waiting List in the order their names were drawn.
Applications received after the end of the Open Enrollment Period will be added to the waiting lists in the order they are received. For grade levels that still have openings after the lottery, registrants will be admitted on a "first come, first served" basis.
What is Siblings Preference?
Socrates Academy supports families with multiple children attending the school together. Siblings of current students will be offered the first available seat in their respective grade or placed on a Sibling Priority Waiting List. Siblings are defined as children who have at least one common parent/legal guardian AND are living in the same household at least 50% of the time.
When an opening becomes available at a grade level, students will be admitted first from the Sibling Priority Waiting List and then from the regular Waiting List if there are no siblings waiting at that grade level. Children of newly hired staff members will be automatically admitted ahead of students on either waiting list.
PLEASE NOTE: A lottery admitted student must attend Socrates Academy in order for siblings drawn under the sibling rule to be able to attend.
If registrants who are selected for admission decide NOT to enroll at Socrates Academy, the parents of the next child on the Waiting List for that grade will be notified immediately.
If I turn my application in early is it prioritized in the lottery?
No, all applications are entered into the lottery at the same time.
Do I need to be present at the lottery in order for my child to get in?
No. You do not need to be present at the lottery drawing in order for your child to gain placement.
Will you give me my child’s number ahead of time?
No. The assigned lottery numbers are for the lottery process only and will not be provide to applicants before the lottery.
Do siblings automatically get in?
Siblings of current students are given priority in open spaces when there are enough open spaces for siblings. If there are more siblings of current students than open spaces, for example in upper grades, siblings are put into a lottery for placement. Once open spots are filled, all additional names are put onto a wait list.
If a space opens up during the school year and I am on the waiting list, how will I be notified?
We notify applicants that are pulled from the wait list by phone, email and/or US Mail.
Can I register at two schools while I try to make my decision?
No. The State of North Carolina will not allow you to register at two schools at the same time. If you are registered at Socrates Academy, you will need to officially withdraw before you will be able to register at your new school.
My child will be starting kindergarten next year. On the application it asks for "Current School" and "Current Grade." What do I put here?
You put your child’s preschool if your child attended preschool, otherwise no information needs to be put into this area.
How will I be notified if my child is accepted into the school?
Your acceptance packet or wait list number will be sent by US mail.
Will results be posted online?
No. We do not post lottery results online for privacy reasons.
How does the lottery work if you have twins?
Twins are entered into the lottery one time because they are treated as one entry. When twins are drawn in the lottery they both will be able to take open positions at the school.
If I’m on the wait list when can I expect to hear if my child got in?
You will be notified by phone or email if a position opens for your child.
How are the accepted lottery applicants determined?
The lottery results are determined by a computerized program that randomly selects applicants.
My child wasn’t selected in this year’s lottery, will I need to fill out another application next year if I want to apply?
Yes. Each time you wish for your child’s name to be entered in the lottery, you will need to fill out a current application.
Can I submit my child’s application even if he does not meet the state age requirement?
No. We will only accept students that meet the state age requirement for the lottery. Your child must be five years old on or before August 31st of the year they are applying for.
I applied for two/three of my children for the same program, will all students receive placement?
Only students that are accepted through the lottery process or from the wait list will receive placement.
What if I don’t have all of my paperwork to submit with the application?
Student applications will need to be complete with all required paperwork in order to be entered into the lottery.
What if I miss the due date for the application but still want to apply?
Any applications received after the due date will not be entered into the lottery but will go to the bottom of the waitlist in the order received.
Can I call the school to get my lottery results?
Results of lottery will not be provided over the phone.
Can I have someone else pick up my lottery results?
Lottery results will only be provided to a parent or guardian.