If there are more applicants than spaces available for a certain grade level, then names of students who submitted an application by the deadline will be placed in a lottery for that grade level. Students who are not selected for admission will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which their names were selected. Once all grades are filled or once the lottery, if necessary, is complete, any additional students who submit an application shall be placed at the end of the cumulative waiting list on a first come, first served basis.
To achieve diversity that is beneficial for students, ANCS utilizes a weighted component to its admissions lottery for “economically disadvantaged” students to increase their chance of admission as allowed under Georgia law. New student applicants may voluntarily identify as economically disadvantaged when applying for the purposes of the weighted lottery. “Economically disadvantaged” is defined as follows: students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, whose families live below the poverty line, or whose families qualify for one or more of the following federal benefits: SNAP, TANF, WIC, Medicaid, or PINS.
All those applicants selected from the lottery will need to complete residency verification materials to become officially registered at ANCS. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit of enrollment. Applicants unable to verify the address provided to determine their attendance zone will be placed at the bottom of the wait list.
A waiting list will be formed if the number of applicants in the application and enrollment process exceeds the number of available spaces.
As additional openings arise, enrollment will continue from the active waiting list in the order of applicants’ lottery numbers.
If at any point in the year the waiting list is depleted and the school determines that it has enrollment openings, then a new application and enrollment period will be declared. This will be announced throughout the city of Atlanta and families will have a one-month period of time in which to complete the requirements for application to the school. In this case, a new lottery would be conducted one week after the close of the application period.
For the complete board-approved enrollment policies, please see the Student and Family – Academic Program Policies section of our Policy Guide.