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Q: Why do we have a lottery?
A: Any student regardless of where s/he lives, academic standing, or income has an equal opportunity to be accepted into an IDEA school. Lotteries are held to randomly select students to fill spots for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Q: When is the lottery? How is it conducted?
A: For the 2018-2019 school year, all IDEA schools with spots available will host the lottery on Saturday, January 27, 2018. During the lottery, names will be drawn at random, by grade, with spots offered in the order of names drawn. When the capacity for each grade level is reached, the remaining applications are assigned a position on our waiting list in a randomized order (only applications completed before the deadline will participate in the lottery). Applications submitted after the deadline are added to the wait list by date and time of application.

Q: How are lottery results verified as random?
A: IDEA utilizes SchoolMint, an automated enrollment software system that is fair, transparent, and complies with data privacy regulations.  

Q: When is the deadline to participate in the lottery? 
A: The deadline to submit an application for the 2018-2019 school year is midnight January 26, 2018.  

Q: Who do I contact during and after lottery?
A: Parents can contact the campus directly or visit our website for updates.

Q: Is anyone given preference in the lottery?
A: Yes. Texas charter school law requires us to give preference to the following individuals: existing students, siblings of currently enrolled students, children of employees, and families living in the Tres Lagos area. 

Q: Do I have to be present at the lottery for my child to be accepted?
A: No. You and your child do not need to be present at the lottery to be accepted.

Q: How do I know if my child was chosen at the lottery?
A: IDEA Public Schools officials will contact you directly with your preferred method of contact (whether email and/or text message) and a phone call. 

Q: If my child is accepted, will he/she have to participate in the lottery each year?
A: No, students who are accepted through the lottery will be enrolled in the school and be able to remain there in future years up until graduation. Parents must let the school know that they plan to return each year during a registration process that happens outside of lottery. 

Q: If my child is enrolled, will his/her younger siblings also be able to attend that school?
A: If a younger sibling is interested in attending an IDEA Public School, they must submit an application to be entered into the lottery at the appropriate time like all other applicants. Siblings will receive preference in the lottery process. 

Q: If my child gets accepted at the lottery, can I transfer to another IDEA school?
A: No. You must be at an IDEA school for one school year before transferring to another school UNLESS there is a change of address since the application date. Transfers are contingent upon spot availability. 

Q: After my child has attended an IDEA school for one year, how can I transfer to another IDEA school?
A: You must complete an application in SchoolMint indicating your new school preference for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact your current campus if you are interested in completing a transfer.  

Q: If my child is not chosen during the lottery and is placed on the waitlist, what are the chances that they will be accepted later?
A: If a student is not admitted immediately during the lottery, they are automatically placed on the wait list. Throughout the spring and summer months, spots may become available. Enrollment is offered to the next student on the wait list as soon as we have notice of a withdrawal. If a parent declines an offer, we move to the next student on the wait list until the position is filled.

Q: If my child does not get selected at the lottery or throughout the year, do I have to apply again?
A: Yes. If your child has not been admitted into an IDEA school by August 31, 2018, you must submit a new application. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted after September 1, 2018.