January 25, 2023

5 Things to Know About the Student Lottery

What’s a student lottery? And what do you need to do before and after the lottery happens? Here are five things you need to know about the lottery for the 2023-2024 school year.

WHAT IS A STUDENT LOTTERY?

KIPP Texas schools are tuition-free, open-enrollment, public charter schools. That means that any student, regardless of where they live, academic standing, or income has an equal opportunity to be a KIPPster! It also means that sometimes we receive more applications than we have spots available. 

If the number of children interested in a specific grade at a KIPP Texas school exceeds the number of seats available for that grade, students are selected through a random, automated lottery process, and the remaining students will be placed on a waitlist. 

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF MY STUDENT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED?

This year’s lottery for the 2023-24 school year occurs on March 6, 2023. That day, all families of applicants will be notified via text and/or email. Keep your contact information up to date in SchoolMint.  There is no lottery event that parents must attend. Families may log into their SchoolMint account to see the status of their child’s enrollment starting at 5PM CST lottery day, and at any time after that. 

YAY! MY CHILD HAS BEEN ACCEPTED! WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS?

Upon receiving an offer to attend KIPP Texas, families may accept their offer and start their registration process for the 2023-2024 school year. We ask all families to accept and register within one week of receiving their offer.  All offers will expire within 14 days. 

Please prepare by having the required documents ready to upload during registration:

  • Student Birth Certificate
  • Student Social Security Card, if applicable
  • Up-to-date immunization records
  • Parent/Guardian Government Issued ID
  • Proof of Residency
  • Proof of Guardianship, if applicable 

Families may accept their offer and register their child by logging into their SchoolMint account.

MY CHILDWAS PLACED ON A WAITLIST. WHAT’S NEXT?

If there are not enough open seats available for all applicants, students will be placed on a waitlist. If and when seats become available at each KIPP school, we will notify families in the order of the waitlist.

Waitlists are dynamic! If a student is called off any of our waitlists, accepts the space, and if that student has a sibling on the waitlist, the sibling is moved to the top of the waitlist with other siblings in the order of their general lottery number. This puts siblings ahead of any non-sibling waitlist students.

What should I expect? SchoolMint keeps track of where your student is on the waitlist. To see the status of your child after the lottery, log into your account here. Be aware that your student’s position on the waitlist may be affected by other students who accept a position and also have siblings on the waitlist. As explained above, waitlist siblings of accepted students are moved ahead of non-sibling waitlist students.

CAN MY STUDENT STILL APPLY AFTER THE LOTTERY?

Yes, KIPP Texas accepts applications all year round! Applications must be received by February 17, 2023 to be included in the lottery. However, all applications received after February 17, 2023 will be placed on the waitlist in the order in which they are received.

The student application deadline for the 2023-2024 lottery is on February 17. Apply today! 

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD DO RIGHT NOW?

Why yes, yes there is! (1) Apply; (2) Keep your contact information up to date; (3) Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get all of the latest news and important updates.

Now that you know, apply today!