Our Application Process


Thank you for your interest in Mountain Island Charter School!


The 2022-2023 Lottery registration link is now live:

2022-2023 MICS Admission Lottery Registration

Please remember:

 - Autofill does strange things on websites. Check your work!

 - The most common mistake is signing up for the wrong grade. If you don't catch it until after the lottery, there's nothing we can do. Check your work!

 - You're signing up to put your names in the lottery. It's a lottery. You have the same chances if you sign up January 31st as you do today!


The waitlist for the 2021-2022 school year is now closed. If you can claim an Admissions Priority (see below), please send an email to registrar@micharter.org


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 of both the elementary (D Building) and the middle/high school (C Building). 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.
  • The lottery will be held on  at 4:00 on February 9, 2022 in the MICS B gymnasium.
  • Once a student is enrolled and attending the school, there is no need to reapply each subsequent year. A student's seat is guaranteed until at least the first day of school, unless a parent notifies the school otherwise.


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 or their guardian 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.


Lottery Procedures 


MICS's 2021-2022 school year lottery will be held at Mountain Island Charter School on February 9, 2022.  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 hosted and maintained by Powerschool.


When the lottery is run, it will assign a random number to every single applicant. The applicants are then either placed or wait listed according to priority and space availability in each grade level. Twins and triplets are always admitted together and cannot be split by the school at admission.



Priority of Enrollment


Priority in enrollment is not a guarantee of a seat, there must be available space in grade or program. Once a student uses any enrollment priority to enroll, he or she may not use that priority again.


Enrollment priority may be awarded to the following, with priority given in this order:


1. Children of the school's full time employees and Board of Directors. This number cannot exceed 15% of the school's total enrollment unless granted a waiver by the State Board of Education.


2. Siblings of currently enrolled students. Applicants must share a residence and a legal guardian with a currently enrolled MICS student to be considered an eligible sibling.
3. Siblings of new students accepted in the lottery. It is the goal of North Carolina and MICS to keep families together when possible. You cannot claim this priority, it is automatically granted by the lottery process when a new student is accepted in the lottery.


4. Siblings of MICS graduates. Enrollment priority will be given to siblings for 5 years following the graduation of a MICS student who completed four years at MICS.


5. Opportunity priority. A student who was enrolled at MICS within the two previous school years but left to participate in (1) an academic study abroad program or competitive admission residential program or (2) because of the vocational opportunities of the student's parent. If you feel you qualify for Opportunity priority, you must contact the registrar directly at registrar@micharter.org or 704/827-8840 x1013.


 6. Current Charter school students. A student enrolled in another NC Charter school in the previous school year.



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. Admissions priorities will be honored. 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 2022-2023 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 the Registrar at registrar@micharter.org