Mountain Island Charter School

Our Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Mountain Island Charter School!


Registration for the 2019-2020 Lottery is now open. Fill out the online form here.


Our process:

  • Applications for the lottery are available online from November 1st to January 31st each year. Paper applications are available at the Front Office. Applications received after January 31st go to the wait list.
  • You must re-apply each year. Lottery numbers do not carry over from year to year.
  • Click here to register for the 2019-2020 MICS Admissions Lottery.

Admission Standards

  • Mountain Island Charter School is a public school and requires no application fee or tuition.
  • In order to be eligible for admission, students are required to reside in the State of North Carolina at the time of the application.
  • Under North Carolina General Statute (GS115C-391), Mountain Island Charter School may refuse admission to any student who has been expelled or suspended from a public school, until the period of suspension or expulsion has expired.
  • MICS reserves the right to refuse admission to any student that has not met the academic requirements for the grade level they have applied to enter.
  • MICS does not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, or ancestry.


School Application Process


Application period:

 Applications will be accepted from Nov 1, 2018 through Jan 31, 2019. Applications submitted after January 31, 2019 will go directly to the wait list.

 If the school has more applicants than openings, those openings will be filled by lottery. Openings can be limited by program, class, grade, or building.


Lottery Procedures


MICS's 2019-2020 lottery will be held at Mountain Island Charter School on February 13, 2019.  Results will be sent to parents by email, if an address was supplied, or by postal service. 


The MICS lottery is open to the general public, but attendance is not required for acceptance.


The lottery procedure must ensure that each eligible applicant, who submitted an application prior to the lottery application deadline, will have an equal opportunity to be randomly selected. It must also continue until all eligible applicants have been selected and placed on a final list.


The lottery will be run by a computer program written specifically for MICS.


When the lottery is run, it will assign a random number to every single applicant. The applicants are then either placed or waitlisted according to space availability in each grade level.


Priority Enrollment:


1. Children of the school's current faculty and staff members: Eligible children will be given enrollment priority at MICS.


2. Siblings of currently enrolled students: Eligible siblings of currently enrolled students who are enrolled in the charter school at the time of the lottery will receive enrollment priority. Sibling priority (per state law) is not extended during the lottery/waiting list period.


3. Siblings of MICS graduates: Enrollment priority will be given to siblings for 5 years following the graduation of a MICS student.


4. Multiple Births (Twins, Triplets): Per NC House Bill 316, in the lottery MICS may enter one surname for multiple birth siblings to be enrolled for the school year. If their name is drawn, all multiple birth siblings will be allowed to enroll.


5. Sibling Grouping: Parents may choose to have all siblings in the family compete under one name. If that name is selected, all siblings in all grades will be accepted, or placed in order at the top of the waitlist if that grade is already filled. This procedure is intended for the parents who will only enroll if all their children are accepted.

All applicants will receive notification by February 15, 2019 by email of acceptance or waiting list number.



Post Application Period Applications


The school will decide each year whether or not to accept applications after the deadline.


If accepted, any applications received after the stated deadline will be added to the end of the waiting list in the order that they are received. Order of receipt will be determined by the time stamp on the email or online entry, and the time of day that standard mail is delivered on that day. If multiple late entries are received simultaneously (exact same timestamp or mail delivery day), they will be listed in alphabetical order of their middle name (or first if no middle is given).


For the 2019-2020 school year, late entries will be accepted (added to the end of the wait list), until at least the first day of school, or the date where it appears the waiting list will be too long to accommodate. Any late enrollment application cutoff will be posted on the website and is effective immediately.





For questions or more information regarding enrollment, please contact John Rielley at