Lottery and Wait List

Esperanza Academy Charter School 2020-2021 Student Lottery Process

  • To be included in the 2020-2021 student lottery drawing, applications must be received by Esperanza Academy Charter School before 12:00 pm (EST) on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

  • Interested applicants can visit our Admissions page to find the link to the form.

  • If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device, you can visit our office to complete an application on any school day between 9:30 am-2:30 pm.

  • We have paper applications available in English and Spanish.  Please contact us with questions or for more information:  215-457-3667.


2019-2020 Student Lottery Information

  • Lottery will be held Monday, December 10, 2018. 

  • Only one application can be submitted per student.

  • You must submit your application in person by the advertised lottery deadline.

  • Changes cannot be made to the application after it is submitted. Unless contact information needs to be updated.

  • It is the responsibility of the adult who submits the application to notify us immediately if there are any changes to your contact information.

  • It is the responsibility of the adult who submits the application to ensure s/he receives a receipt from Esperanza Academy Charter School to confirm the application was received.

  • Esperanza Academy Charter School creates separate waiting lists each year through the lottery process for each grade.

  • Esperanza Academy Charter School does not carry waiting lists over from year-to-year. If a child is on the waiting list for the 2018-2019 school year and a space does not become available, the child’s name does not automatically go on to a waiting list for 2019-2020; The family must submit a new application for the 2019-2020 lottery.

Sibling Preference

  • Esperanza Academy Charter School gives lottery preference to new students who already have a sibling in the school. Siblings must live in the same household, have the same parent/guardian, and both siblings must be enrolled at Esperanza Academy Charter School for the 2018-19 school year. Families must submit a valid lottery application by the deadline to be eligible for sibling preference.

  • Esperanza Academy Charter School cannot guarantee that a space will be available for siblings entering grades 6-12, only that siblings will receive a preferred space on the waiting list.

  • Any applications claiming sibling preference received after the lottery deadline will be added to the end of the waiting list.

  • If a child is accepted for the upcoming school year through sibling preference, but the current Esperanza Academy Charter School sibling does not return to Esperanza Academy Charter School for the following school year and/or the family moves out of Philadelphia, sibling preference is no longer valid.


Multiple children from one household

If a family is applying for more than one child, an application needs to be completed for each child and each child’s name will be entered individually into the lottery. 

If/when Esperanza Academy Charter School reaches one of your family’s children on the waiting list, the other sibling(s) will be moved to a sibling waiting list; however, there is no guarantee that a space will become available for those siblings.

Esperanza Academy Wait List Policy

Esperanza Academy will notify in writing to the parents of students who were not chosen in Esperanza Academy’s lottery. Students not chosen in the lottery will be placed on the open enrollment waiting list and given a number.  If any student chosen in the lottery does not respond in a timely manner or goes to another school and as a result creates an opening, Esperanza Academy will contact the next number on the open enrollment waiting list. If your number on the waiting list is reached, we will contact you immediately and expect you to respond within one working day.

If contacted, full acceptance is conditional upon completion of our school application packet, your submission of all required documents. Also, proof of graduation from 8th grade (or current transcripts if entering grades 10 through 12 is required and must be made available to registrar.