Admissions Lottery

Please click the link below to find the results of the March 2nd, 2020 Lottery drawing for grades K-8. As a spot opens, you will be contacted via phone and email in order of the waitlist. Note that this document contains the static results from the Lottery on March 2nd and will not be updated.

Admissions and Lottery Information

Admissions and Lottery Information

The 2020-2021 admissions lottery was conducted in a public meeting on Monday, March 2, 2020. Please contact us for more information regarding the 2020-2021 school year application.

Two versions of the lottery application are available - Standard and Socio-Economic Weighted Lottery. Only one form should be completed.

Please use the Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch Income Chart to determine your eligibility to apply for the socio-economic weighted lottery. If you qualify for either free or reduced lunch, you may complete the weighted application.

If you are unable to complete an application form online, you may contact the school at (919) 240-7787 to arrange to use a computer at the school to submit your application.

Si necesitas asistencia en llenar esta forma en Espanol, por favor llama a Noemi Plata, (919) 240-7787.

Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch Income Chart

Frequently Asked Questions

Who may apply?

An application may be submitted for any child who turns five (5) years old before August 31st, 2020 OR if the child is or was enrolled in another school in the grade that precedes the one for which application is made. By law, the student must currently reside with a parent or court-appointed legal guardian in North Carolina to apply.

I believe that my child is currently assigned to the wrong grade. Can I apply for a spot in any grade I wish?

Willow Oak Montessori administration may not discuss the specifics of a child’s situation until s/he has been enrolled at the school. Once enrolled, Willow Oak Montessori administration will determine the appropriate grade placement for each student based on factors such as age, maturity, and past academic background. Please see the previous answer for guidance on which grade you should apply for.

My child is home schooled. What grade may I apply for?

According to the State of North Carolina Department of Non-Public Education, the grade level of home-schooled students is determined by the Home School Administrator. As such, you may apply for a spot in the grade that follows the grade that the child is currently enrolled in. Once enrolled, Willow Oak Montessori administration will determine the appropriate grade placement for each student based on factors such as age, maturity, and past academic background.

How will I know that you have received my application?

We will acknowledge all applications received by the lottery due date via the preferred e-mail provided in your application or via US Mail if no e-mail address is provided. If your application was complete, the acknowledgment will include your lottery entry number. Please retain this number, as lottery results will be posted by number only.

How will you conduct the lottery?

We plan to use a publicly available random number generator ( to create a randomized list of lottery entry numbers. The number generation process will be projected onto a screen so that all present can see the steps taken and the results as they become available. In accordance with our Admissions Policy, at least one impartial community member will be present to observe the lottery.

Do all siblings get a spot in the school if one child is selected in the lottery?

Only multiple birth siblings are treated as one entry in the lottery. Any other siblings are each entered individually.

Does anyone have priority in the lottery this year?

Priority is given to children of faculty members, students enrolled within the previous two years who left for an academic or parent's vocational opportunity; students of siblings currently enrolled WOM students; and students whose family is considered economically disadvantaged, in that order.

Students of the Willow Oak Montessori Children's House program do NOT receive any priority for a seat in the public charter school.

How long will I have to accept an offered spot in the school if my child is selected in the lottery?

You will have seven days to accept an offered spot after notification via the preferred phone number and e-mail address provided in the application. If you do not contact us within seven days, the student’s name will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist. If a spot becomes available within one week of the start of the school year or after the school year has started, I understand that I will have three days (72 hours) to accept the offered spot. A copy of the student’s birth certificate, proof of residency, and immunization record will be required at the time of enrollment. Please contact us before the lottery to discuss any questions or concerns you might have so that you have the information you need to make a decision in the time-frame available.

Willow Oak Montessori Admissions Policy

Economically Disadvantaged:

WOM will institute a priority lottery available seats in order to achieve a Board set goal of 40% of our students meeting the federally designated "Economically Disadvantaged" (ED) criteria, defined by those students in a family that meets the national Free and Reduced Meals (FARM) criteria.

302.1 Admission

As required by state law (G.S. 115C-218.45), any child who is qualified for admission to a North Carolina public school is qualified for admission to the school. Admission shall not be determined according to the school attendance area in which a student resides.

The School shall not discriminate against any student on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability. Except as otherwise provided by law or the mission of the School as set out in the charter, the School shall not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, or ancestry.

302.2 Admission Priority

For the purposes of this section, the term “siblings” includes any of the following who reside in the same household: full siblings, half siblings, step-siblings, and children residing in a family foster home.

The School will give priority in this order:

1. Children of the school's full-time employees.

2. Students who were enrolled within the two previous school years, but left the school (i) to participate in an academic study abroad program or a competitive admission residential program, or (ii) because of the vocational opportunities of the student’s parent.

3. Siblings of currently enrolled students who were admitted to the School in a previous year.

4. Student(s) whose family is considered "Economically disadvantaged."

Preference may be given to the children of employees so long as the percentage of students does not exceed fifteen percent (15%) of the school's population.

WOM Strives to meet this goal by administering the following targets:

2020/21.... 10%

2021/22.... 20%

2022/23.... 30%

2023/24.... 40%

With each lottery, the Head of School (HoS) will work to identify the number of Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) seats to make available per grade level in order to balance students admitted across different levels, total seats available, school resources, and planned annual targets (listed above).

Families will have the opportunity to complete an optional form, separate from their lottery application, where they can offer family income information in order to determine if they are FARM eligible for the purposes of the priority lottery. This supplemental form will ask applicants to verify their status as FARM eligible by WOM staff (using two consecutive pay-stubs) and will notify applicants that information obtained beyond eligibility status will not be retained.

302.3 Open Enrollment

The School will hold an annual open enrollment period of at least 30 days. At the conclusion of the enrollment period, if the number of applicants for a particular grade does not exceed the number of available spaces for that grade level, all eligible students who have properly applied by the deadline will be accepted. At the close of the enrollment period, if the number of applicants for a particular grade level exceeds available spaces for that grade level, a lottery system will determine admission eligibility. If multiple birth siblings apply for admission to the School and a lottery is needed, the School shall enter one surname 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.

Students who are not offered enrollment will be placed on a waitlist. After all spaces for a grade level are filled, the lottery will continue until all applying students have been assigned a number on the waitlist. The waitlist will not carry into the next School year, but will remain and be used for admission should a space become available during the current School year for which it was conducted.

Attendance at school every day, particularly at the beginning of the school year, is critical. In the event that an enrolled student does not attend any orienting events prior to the start of the school year, the school will make an effort to contact the family via telephone and/or email to ensure that the student still intends to attend the school. If a student does not show up for school on the first day of school, the school will again contact the family via the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses provided on the student’s enrollment paperwork. The family will have 24 - 48 hours to respond to these inquiries to confirm that the student still intends to attend the school before the student’s space is offered to the next student on the waitlist.

Students offered a space from the waitlist will have seven (7) days to accept the space after being notified that the space is available via telephone and/or e-mail by submitting completed enrollment paperwork in person to the School’s office. If a space becomes available within one week of the start of the school year or after the school year has started, the family will have 24 - 48 hours to accept an offered space. If an offered space is declined or is not accepted by the applicable deadline, that student’s name will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist and the next person on the waitlist will be offered the space. This process will continue until all spaces are filled or the waitlist is exhausted.

After admission and during the School year, serious and/or repeated deviations from the policies and procedures defined by the School will result in an evaluation of the student’s placement in the School, as allowed by law.