Yes, public charter schools are TUITION FREE.

Do charter schools have selective admissions?

No. Charter schools are free and open to all children, regardless of their academic skills or needs. They must take children on a first-come, first-served basis. However when more children apply than there are seats available, charter schools hold random admissions lotteries. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin, or any other characteristics protected by law, in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Do charter schools have to admit students who are receiving special education services?

Yes, charter schools work to meet the goals and objectives outlined in students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEP). It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin, or any other characteristics protected by law, in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

What is the lottery?

The lottery is an admissions process required by New York State law that is held when there are more student applications to a charter school than seats available. The lottery randomly selects from all applicants for admission. Students who are not selected in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list for spaces that may become available in the future.

Is anyone given preference in the lottery?

Yes. The law requires charter schools to give preference to returning students, siblings of students already enrolled in the school and students who reside in the Community School District in which the charter school is located.

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