The Christa McAuliffe Charter School conducted its annual admissions lottery on Thursday, March 15, 9am, at 139 Newbury Street in Framingham. Carolyn Lister, Director of Marketing at Metrowest YMCA, served as the neutral party to conduct the school’s high-stakes lottery.

The school received 331 applicants for the 2018-19 school year. 32 applicants were siblings of current students. McAuliffe accepted 140 students for the 2018-19 sixth grade. After the 140 students were accepted, the school drew names to establish an ordered wait list for sixth grade. McAuliffe also conducted a lottery to establish an ordered wait list for seventh and eighth grades. Upon learning of her son’s acceptance to McAuliffe, Gayle Seletz shared, “We are so delighted to be returning to the McAuliffe community for our third son! After having such a fantastic experience at McAuliffe with our two older sons,  Ari is so lucky to begin his journey at this very special expeditionary learning middle school. We have missed McAuliffe and can’t wait to be a part of the community again.”

The school’s enrollment policy outlines a lottery and admissions process that follows the state charter school laws and regulations that call for a blind lottery:

  • First preference goes to students who have siblings currently attending the school.
  • Next, students who are residents of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, and Sudbury are drawn through the random electronic lottery tool.
  • Students who live outside of the eight-town region may also apply to the lottery; the school draws from the non-regional pool after all sibling and regional student names have been drawn.

Students selected in the lottery have 10 business days to submit forms to enroll in the charter school. As spots open up, the school will invite students off of the ordered wait lists. “We encourage families who find themselves on a waitlist to be patient as the enrollment process sorts itself out through the spring and the summer,” says Executive Director, Kristin Harrison. “It is not unusual for families to be invited to enroll their child even during the summer months. Our Admissions Team will keep the wait list information updated on our website — www.mcauliffecharter.org/waitlist — so that families can stay in the loop easily and be prepared for the invitation to join our community!”