Admission

ATTENTION: The enrollment lottery for the 2019-2020 school year has passed. We currently hold a wait list at every grade level.

Open Enrollment  for the 2020-2021 School Year is January 6th – February 14th

Attend an Open House:

  • Tuesday, November 12th 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 5th 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, January 11th 10:00 AM * – Family Fun Day! Breakfast, Childcare & Prizes!
  • Tuesday, January 14th 9:00 AM *
  • Thursday, January 23rd 6:30 PM *

Application assistance available

Before you apply:

Check your homeschool.

Click here – http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/applications/operations/school-locator/ and enter your home address to determine the elementary school that your child is zoned for.

Check your economically disadvantaged status.

The Museum School is legally allowed to give enrollment preference to students who are economically disadvantaged, as defined by law. To facilitate the weighted lottery, applicants can indicate their “economically disadvantaged” status on the lottery application and such status will be verified as part of the registration process.  The weight for economically disadvantaged students will be calculated annually by The Museum School Board of Directors using a formula established in the charter contract.

The Georgia Department of Education defines economically disadvantaged as a student whose family is below the poverty line, qualifies for free or reduced lunch, or whose family qualifies for federal benefits including SNAP, TANF, WIC, or Medicare. Applicants that answer yes to at least one of the questions below can identify as economically disadvantaged on the application.

Based on your annual household income and the total number of individuals living in your household, does your family qualify for free OR reduced lunch?

Federal eligibility income chart for 2019-2020 school year

  • Do you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps?
  • Do you receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits?
  • Do you receive Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits?
  • Do you receive Medicare benefits?
  • Do you receive a Section 8 tenant-based or project-based housing voucher?

Check your sibling status.

See the school’s policy below to determine if your student is eligible for sibling preference in the lottery.

Sibling by definition is a:

  1. Biological (including ½ sibling)/adoptive sibling residing within the attendance zone.
  2. Stepsiblings residing in the same household.
  3. Foster children residing within the same household.

Sibling notes:

  • Step-siblings living in different households are not considered for a sibling preference.
  • An 8th grade student or alumnus of the school with a sibling applying for the following year does not qualify as a sibling for entrance preference. Further, sibling preferences are only applicable for students who are eligible to enroll based on age.
  • Same-grade siblings will be treated as one single applicant unit, rather than as multiple applicants. When that one applicant unit is drawn in the lottery, the same-grade siblings will be numerically ordered on the waiting list or conditionally accepted, dependent upon where in the lottery that applicant unit was drawn.
  • Siblings of current students must submit an application to the school during the open enrollment period to be considered for admission.

What is the Lotterease Seal of Transparency and Fairness?

When you see the Seal on a school website, you can be confident that your application will be included in the school lottery in a fair and transparent way.  

That is because Lotterease is an independent automated lottery system that the school uses to manage their lottery and waitlist.  Since Lotterease is an independent system, the school staff do not have the ability to manipulate or adjust the lottery outcome.  They must work within the requirements of the system.

In addition, all activity that takes place with your application is tracked in a history log that you can view at any time by logging into the parent portal.

If the school you want your child to attend displays the Lotterease Seal of Transparency and Fairness, you can rest assured that you child will get their fair chance to attend the school.

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