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Q: How many students were included in the lottery?
A: For the 2017-18 school year, 3170 students were included in the lottery.
Q: If I haven't received a call for an offer yet, does that mean I won't get in?
A: Not necessarily.
In fact, we are often still making calls in the late summer! It takes several months to work through the waitlist and send out all of the enrollment invitations for the openings filled by our waitlist. If you do receive an invitation to enroll, you will have 24 hours
to get back to us. Not everyone we call accepts the offer of a spot at American Academy, but we must
wait 24 hours for the response or until that invitation expires before we can move on down the waitlist to offer that spot to another family. As you can imagine, this process takes some time and we have a large waitlist, so please be patient and keep checking your lottery waitlist status in our online lottery waitlist system.
Q: I forgot the PIN number for my lottery waitlist account.
A: No worries! Just send us a request for an email with your PIN number.> Request forgotten PIN number
Q: How, exactly, does the American Academy lottery work?
The lottery is done using our online waitlist system (to give parents as much information as possible). As part of that system, we programmed the following set of procedures to be run on lottery day (this is what happens when we "push the button").
- A database table was created (LotteryTable). The student information placed in the table was studentid and "in district" (true/false).
- Every student is placed in the table (3170 entries).
- Every student that qualified for Weight A (RCHS/CVHS/LHS/CHS Feeder Area) is entered into the table again (1374 qualified for Weight A).
- Every student that qualified for Weight B (in a previous AA lottery and not offered a spot) is entered into the table again (1615 qualified for Weight B).
- Every student that qualified for Weight C (in the original AA charter application and never offered a spot) is entered into the table again (0 qualified for Weight C).
- Every student that qualified for Weight D (currently enrolled in AA's KindiePrep program) is entered into the table again (1 qualified for Weight D).
- Each row receives a computer-generated random number between 0 and 1.
- All out-of-district students have a 1 added to the random number.
- The table is sorted with the smallest random number on top and the largest at the bottom.
- The rows are assigned a lottery number in ascending order (so, the top row with the smallest random number receives a 1, next row a 2 and so on down to the last row with the largest random number).
- Finally, the smallest lottery number for each student from the LotteryTable is assigned to the student on the waitlist (calls will be made, by grade, in lottery number order).
Q: Why does my lottery waitlist position number occasionally move up?
A: When we extend an offer to a student, they are no longer counted as being in front of your student on the list (so your "position" would go down by one and you are one step closer to being extended an invitation of enrollment). If, however, a sibling or a staff member is added to the waitlist after the lottery (and they have priority to do so), then your number may go up one. It happens pretty rarely, but it can happen for those reasons. If you are curious about the details of those priorities, please read the American Academy Enrollment Policy.
Q: If I don't get in this year, how will that affect my chances for future years?
A: If you don't receive an offer of enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year, then you qualify for a Weight B (meaning you were included in a previous lottery and not offered a spot) in the NEXT lottery. So, if you stay on the waitlist, your odds will be a little better for the NEXT lottery.