Q & A

Please Read the Following Information Thoroughly Before Beginning the Application Process  

How do I apply to Magellan Charter?

The open enrollment for The Magellan Charter School is a minimum of 30 days during the months of January and February. Prospective families complete an online application for admission. Applications are available on the Magellan Charter website, application forms are also available by request. You will receive an email after the application has been submitted and recorded by us confirming receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours of submittal please call the school at 919-844-0277.

Who is eligible to apply to Magellan?

The Magellan Charter lottery is open to the  public. All applications submitted for students must originate from parents/guardians who are legal residents of North Carolina. The Magellan Charter School admits students without regard to race, sex, disability, color, religion, national or ethnic origin.

How does the lottery process work?

A separate application(s)  MUST be submitted for each student applying for admission. Submit only one application per student. On or before March 6th  you will receive an email sent to the “Primary Parent Email” from lotteryadmin@magellancharter.org  with your student(s) lottery number(s). If you need to change or confirm your lottery number(s), call the school at 919-844-0277. Please contact the school only if you have not received the email containing your number(s) by March 6th The lottery will be held at the school on March 16, 2020,at 3:30 pm.

How are the numbers drawn?

The lottery results will be determined by a random number generator. Results will be posted on the website on the day of the lottery soon after the drawing.

Are applications accepted for all grades?

Yes. Magellan houses grades 3-8. Most openings are for the 3rd grade where new classes are formed and students are admitted. Typically, we have had very few openings in the subsequent grades. Waiting lists are formed each year for the upper grades.

Explain the admission priority?

Priority enrollment is given to children of full-time staff members, returning opportunity students and siblings of currently enrolled or previously enrolled  students. Sibling lotteries will be conducted in grades 4-8 in order to establish a wait list when numbers exceed grade level capacity. Slots are filled first by students with priority status.

What are my chances of acceptance?

Due to the large number of families applying to Magellan Charter  3rd grade admissions are the most probable. Upper grade (4th – 8th)  students or siblings have a significant smaller chance of admission.

Do I have to attend the lottery drawing?

Magellan Charter holds a public lottery and is open to the public if you wish to attend. We post the lottery numbers on our website of students who are accepted and students who are placed on the waitlist as soon as possible after the drawing.

How do I apply for twins or multiples?

Multiple birth siblings are assigned one number for the lottery. If the number is selected, all multiple birth siblings will be admitted.

Numbers assigned to siblings in different grades?

All families have the option to apply using one lottery number for all of their children, OR have a different number assigned to each child.
In most cases it is advantageous for families with THIRD graders to choose one lottery number for all children. On the day of the lottery, the vast majority of our openings are in THIRD grade, and if the third grader is admitted, the upper grade sibling(s) will automatically go to the next spot on the wait list in their respective grade(s).
If you are applying for more than one child but neither is a THIRD grader, you may choose ONE number for the family (if one is drawn, the other gets preference), or separate numbers (no sibling preference).

Explain the Enrollment Priority policy?

In accordance with NCGS §115.C-218.45(f), The Magellan Charter School has elected to offer enrollment priority in the following order to the extent that space is available and does not exceed the grade level capacity:

  1. Children of full-time employees;
  2. Former students who were enrolled within the last two academic years but left due to an academic study abroad program, competitive admission residential program, or vocational opportunities of the parents/guardians;
  3. Siblings of currently enrolled students;
  4. 3rd-grade siblings of students who have graduated from 8th-grade and were enrolled for at least four years;
  5. Siblings in families of newly accepted 3rd-grade students who are admitted at the time of the lottery (Enrollment priority will be given the following school year to siblings of newly accepted 3rd through 8th-grade students admitted after the lottery (to the extent space is available);
  6. 4th through 8th-grade siblings of students who have graduated from 8th-grade and were enrolled for at least four years.

If accepted how long do I have to decide??

Acceptance of Offer of Enrollment – Parents/Guardians have a minimum of one week to make a determination to accept an offer of enrollment (given at Open House in April) unless the offer is made between August 1st and the 30th day of school. In which case, parents/guardians have 24 hours to make a decision.

* All applications submitted must originate from parents/guardians who are  legal residents of North Carolina.

** A separate application must be submitted for each child applying.

The 2022-2023 application will be available on January 30, 2022