The lottery will be conducted within seven days of February 1, generally on the Thursday of the first full week of February. Each year’s lottery date and time will be posted on the school website and in each year’s informational materials; at least one week’s notice will be given of this date. The lottery itself is held at the Parker School (49 Antietam Street, Devens, MA) and is open to the public. A neutral person will draw the lottery. All applicants for the enrollment window will be drawn by name in the lottery and assigned a lottery number in the order that they are selected in the lottery process. Applicants who do not want their name read aloud at the public lottery must inform the school directly of this preference, in which case, the applicant’s initials will be read aloud.
Within two weeks of the lottery, all applicants will be notified by mail of their enrollment status. Those applicants who are offered a spot for enrollment through the initial lottery must accept or decline that spot no later than March 14, though earlier notification is appreciated. Students offered a spot at Parker through this initial lottery process may accept or decline the spot for the coming school year. When a student receives an offer of acceptance through the initial lottery process, paperwork will be sent through the mail to the applicant, including but not limited to school registration paperwork, a proof of residency request, and a records release form for the sending school. All reasonable attempts will be made to reach the family of an admitted student, but if no response is received from a student for whom an offer of admission is made by the response date stated in the original offer letter, then that student will be considered to have declined the spot.
As spots are declined, students on the appropriate grade-level waitlist will be offered a spot in order of their lottery draw. When a spot becomes available, students/families will be contacted by phone and an acceptance letter will be sent. If the student/family who has been offered a spot does not respond to the school’s attempts to make contact within fifteen days of that initial contact, the spot will be considered declined and the next student on the waitlist will be offered a spot. Per Massachusetts statute and regulations, in cases where the enrollment of a student from the waitlist (who is not a sibling of another currently enrolled student) would exceed the district charter tuition cap, the student will be skipped but kept on the waitlist. In cases where the enrollment of a student in and of itself who is a sibling of a student currently attending a charter school would exceed the district charter school tuition cap, the sibling may be enrolled and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will provide tuition for the sibling, subject to appropriation. See G.L. c. 71, § 89(i); 603 CMR 1.05(10)(b).
If the enrollment process described above does not fill available admission spaces, Parker may repeat the process more than once, in the same fair and open process used above, and the school will give reasonable public notice of at least one month prior to any subsequent deadlines. If at any point in the year the waiting list is depleted and the school determines that it has enrollment openings, then a new application and enrollment period will be declared; this will be announced in newspapers throughout The Parker School’s region and families will have a one month period of time in which to complete the requirements for application to the school. In this case, a new lottery would be conducted one week after the close of the application period, and at least one week’s notice would be given about when and where this lottery would occur.
The lottery for the 2017-2018 school year will take place at the Parker School on Tuesday February 7th at 3:45 pm.