Admissions-Lottery Frequently Asked Questions

What is a charter school? A charter school is a public school that receives public money but has been freed of some of the rules and regulations that apply to other public schools in exchange for a higher level of accountability in meeting standards determined by the state. Charter schools were created to provide innovative educational choices for students and their families. Charter schools may choose their own academic program and set policies that reflect the school’s mission and goals.

Is CIS a charter school? Yes, CIS is a charter school. A charter school is a public school, but one without the tight geographical enrollment boundaries that a traditional public school has.

Who can enroll in a Charter School in NC? Do I have to be a resident of North Carolina in order to apply to CIS? Charter Schools are permitted to enroll any student living in the state of North Carolina who is entitled to a free public education. A student must be domiciled in NC to attend NC public schools, including charter schools. Therefore, students who are eligible to attend a traditional LEA would be accepted into a charter school subject to spatial constraints at that charter school. The student is considered eligible to attend NC schools if the parents, or legal guardians, are domiciled with a permanent home in a NC school district.

Therefore, it is required that all applications for students accepted by NC charter schools be from parents who are currently legal residents of NC. It is insufficient that the parent intends to move here at some point in the future. The domiciliary must be in place at the time of the student application in order for that particular application to gain consideration in the charter school lottery and/or admissions process.

How many spots will you be filling for this lottery? We will enroll 96 Kindergarten students in 2017-18. As for grades 1-12, we will be sending out Intent Forms to our current students. This will let us know the number of spaces available in these grades. Any openings will first be filled from our Staff and Sibling Priority wait lists and then from the general lottery wait list.

If I currently have a child attending CIS, are my other children guaranteed spots at the school for this coming year? Charter school law allows us to give siblings of current students priority at the time of our lottery.  Please submit a sibling enrollment application for any siblings who are not currently attending the school.  If we have more siblings who apply for a grade than there are spots available, we will hold a sibling lottery prior to the open enrollment lottery.  To be eligible for our sibling lottery, you must enter an application for the siblings during the open enrollment period.  Any applications received after the open enrollment period will be placed in the next available spot on the wait list.

Must I attend a Parent Information Session prior to completing an application for admission? While we highly recommend attending a Parent Information session, it is by no means required as a prerequisite to applying for admission at the school. Please click on the following if you wish to attend an Information Session:

Do you offer drop-in tours throughout the year? In order to provide a safe, focused learning environment for our students and staff, we do not allow walk-in tours. We schedule tours on Tuesday mornings. Please see the following for additional information:  

When will applications be accepted for the 2017-18 school year?
We have already begun accepting applications. Please see the following for additional information:

What is the registration deadline for the lottery? All registration forms must be received in-house by Thursday, February 24, 2017.  Any registration form received after February 24, 2017 is NOT entered in the lottery but will be added, in the order received, to the end of the appropriate grade level wait list generated by the lottery.

How old does my child need to be to register for Kindergarten? A child must normally be five years old on or before August 31 to enroll as a Kindergarten student. Though it is possible for someone who turns five after August 31 to be admitted to Kindergarten, there are significant requirements to meet. If you have questions about Early Kindergarten Enrollment, please contact our Admissions Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How do I register my child(ren) for the Lottery, or apply after the lottery deadline? You will need to fill out an application online. The application can be found under Enrollments tab on the CIS homepage. If you are not able to fill out an online application off-site, you can come to our school and we can help you with such.

If I am placed on the wait list this year, will that carry over until next year? The wait list does not carry over to the following year. You will have to submit a new application every year. 

What is the process for multiple birth siblings? If multiple birth siblings apply for admission, and a lottery is needed, one surname will be entered into the lottery to represent all of the multiple birth siblings. If that surname of the multiple birth siblings is selected, then all of the multiple birth siblings shall be admitted. 

How can I find out where my child is on the waitlist? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for specific questions.

What happens if I submit my application after the open enrollment period has ended? If you submit your application after the open enrollment period ends, the student will be placed on the wait list in the appropriate grade immediately following the lottery, or if the lottery has already occurred, as the application is received.


What should I do if I submit an application but don’t receive the confirmation email? If you are sure that you have correctly submitted an application but have not yet received the confirmation email, please check your junk mail folder first and add the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your safe senders list.  If you still can’t find your confirmation email with your application number, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm that your application has been received.


How will I find out if my child has received acceptance to the school? If a student has been admitted to the school, the parent/guardian of the student will be contacted via email unless they indicated on their application that they did not have access to email. If the parent is unable to receive emails, an acceptance letter will be mailed to the child’s residence. The lottery results and the wait list will be updated constantly to allow parents to determine their current place on the wait list.