Lottery procedures differ for the K-8 and high school campuses. Descriptions follow:
Description of lottery for Orcutt Academy K-8 campus (OAK-8):
After preferential exemptions (children of founders, children of staff, and siblings of current Orcutt Academy students) are accounted for, all available TK-8 vacancies are filled and the wait list established via public enrollment lottery. In this lottery, district residents will have a 3-to-2 lottery weighting advantage over non-district residents. (Note: If there are more applicants in any preferential exemption category than capacity in any particular grade level, applicants in that category will be put in a separate, equally-weighted random drawing to fill the grade level and begin the wait list.)
Following the lottery, applicants selected in the lottery will be required to complete registration documents and submit proof of meeting age requirements (i.e., minimum age for public school admissions) by a published deadline. Once the requirements are verified, and registration and the necessary paperwork completed, candidates are officially admitted to OAK-8.
Description of lottery for Orcutt Academy High School (OAHS):
Admission to OAHS features several steps:
- Graduates of the K-8 campus will matriculate to OAHS provided they meet the OAHS admissions requirements.
- Immediately prior to the enrollment lottery on February 2, preferential lottery exemptions will be applied. First, children of founders, children of staff, and siblings of current Orcutt Academy students will become candidates for admission. The district resident preference will come next; however, since the number of district resident applicants likely will exceed the number of vacant seats, a separate, single-weighted drawing for district residents only will determine who become candidates for admission and the sequenced order of the wait list.
- After the drawing for district residents, an equally-weighted lottery for all other applicants to the high school will be held. This lottery will determine the order of the remainder of the wait list.
- Following the lottery, OAHS Principal Rhett Carter and his staff will hold registration events at which candidates will submit proof of meeting admissions requirements. Once the requirements are verified, and online registration completed, candidates are officially admitted to OAHS.
This is a complex process, and procedures for admissions and the lottery will be specifically explained at all information nights and immediately prior to the enrollment lottery.