The Rochester Charter School Lottery
Charter school applications are accepted all year. Parents are encouraged to apply by the lottery deadline (April 1 each year) when schools have the most openings.
There are no tests or entrance fees for charter schools and names are drawn at random by a computer program. Charters accept students in special education programs, those who have IEPs and students who are English language learners.
All K-12 students are encouraged to apply to as many schools as they want. Applying to more than one school doesn’t help or hurt your chances of enrollment.
After the lottery has been drawn, students will either be given an enrollment offer or be added to school waitlists. Students may receive offers from more than one school. Parents should expect to hear from schools within one week after the deadline.
Applications received after April 1 are put on a waitlist, and schools will notify you as openings become available.
Through GoodSchoolsRoc.org, parents and guardians of children in grades K-12 can apply to up to 12 charter schools in 22 locations through one simple online application. The application is free and accessible in English and Spanish on any web-enabled device. Applying only takes a few minutes.
If you have questions about your place on a waitlist, call the school you applied to directly. For general lottery questions, call the GoodSchoolsRoc Helpline at (585) 491-9777.