CMSA 2021-2022 Enrollment Lottery Plan

Time and Place

The enrollment lottery (EL) for the 2019-2020 Academic year will be held on February 12, 2021 at 3:30 PM in the school cafeteria which is located at 7212 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.

Transparency and Equal Opportunity

The lottery process will be videotaped in a time stamped fashion. Moreover, any parentwho wishes to observe the EL is welcome to attend. The CMSA does not require any information other than grade level and contact information for participation in the lottery.

Application to Lottery

All applications will be completed through the school website which requires nothing more than basic contact information about the student and the parent, grade level, and whether the student is currently under expulsion or not. If a parent does not have access to a computer at home, the parent will be allowed to use a computer at school for the application process. The deadline for applications is February 10, 2021.  A copy of the application form is included in the plan.

Method for Conducting Lottery

  • Prepare 2” by 3” tickets for each applicant indicating the name of the applicant and the grade level.
  • Read each applicants name aloud and show the ticket to the audience and the camera.
  • Fold the ticket twice and place it in a translucent bin.
  • Cover the bin with a lid and shake it for 15 seconds.
  • Draw one ticket at a time and read the name on the ticket aloud as well as the numerical placement in the lottery.
  • Show the ticket to the audience and the camera.
  • Repeat until all tickets are exhausted.
  • Repeat the above process for each grade level.

Notification of Parents

The results of the EL will be posted on the school website within three business days and parents will be sent a notification letter within one week of the lottery date. In addition, parents will receive an automated call and/or email from the school within three business days. Furthermore, parents may inquire for the lottery results anytime.

Enrollment and Registration Policies

The Academy does not conduct any intake activities as a condition of enrollment. Any applicant who is accepted into the Academy as a result of the EL may enroll by completing the necessary paperwork within three weeks. Should the parent express disinterest or fail to complete the enrollment process within that time frame, the spot will be offered to the next student in the waitlist.

Notification of the Authorizer

The results of the EL as well as a copy of the videotape will be transmitted to the authorizer within ten days of the lottery. Should the authorizer wish to send a designee to observe the lottery process, the designee is welcome to attend.

Waitlist Submissions to the Authorizer

A copy of the waitlist for admission to the Academy will be sent to the authorizer on a quarterly basis at the time of submission of quarterly financial statements. The waitlist will indicate which students were removed from the waitlist and the reasons for removal.