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Enrollment Lottery and Application

Apart from first grade, applications for the 2022-23 Arts Based School lottery are now closed. We continue to accept applications for enrollment via our waiting list.


The link below will take you to the Lotterease website, where you will need to create an account to apply for admission. Thank you for your interest in joining our community!




Each February, we hold the annual ABS lottery to determine who will be admitted for the following fall. The procedure for the lottery is dictated by the state, and we follow each step with care. It’s exciting for us that our school is beloved and that so many families hope to join our community. It’s also painful that we have to turn many away. There is no advantage to turning in an application early–the lottery is entirely by chance. 

In 2022, as part of the Arts Based School's abiding commitment to expanding access to our exceptional school, we are implementing a weighted lottery. Administered via an independent third-party, Lotterease, the weighted lottery will provide increased opportunity for students from economically disadvantaged families. The Lotterease system is secure, fully randomized, and creates an auditable lottery.

Application Process

The Arts Based School application process begins every January for the upcoming school year. Applications received through January 31 at 3 PM will be included in a lottery, which is held on the second Tuesday in February. Any applications submitted after 3 PM on January 31 will be added to the waitlist in the order in which they were received.


Applicants accepted during the lottery will be notified via email within seven days of the lottery. All others will be added to the waitlist in the order selected. 

Once a child is enrolled at ABS, they have a spot each year thereafter unless withdrawn. Siblings of currently enrolled students receive priority placement but must fill out an enrollment application.

To be eligible for the ABS lottery, students must reside in North Carolina and be five years of age on or before August 31 of the year in which they are presented for enrollment.


Non-Discrimination Policy

In compliance with federal laws; the Arts Based School administers all educational programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.

Verification Process for Economically Disadvantaged Families

No specific information from a family’s weighted lottery application will be obtained beyond eligibility status, and the information will not be retained. If a family is selected for enrollment through the weighted option, they must provide supporting documentation of eligibility when requested following the lottery. If a family is unable to provide the supporting documentation necessary to qualify for the weighted option, the applicant will be moved to the general waiting list.