If the number of students who wish to attend WISH Charter School
exceeds the school's capacity, then attendance (except for existing
students) is determined by a public random drawing in accordance to
Education Code § 47605(d)(2)(B). If a lottery is to be held
it shall follow the guidelines as set forth in the District Charter
School Policy and Guidelines. Lottery rules, deadlines, and the
date and time for the public random drawing is communicated via the
Enrollment Application and the WISH website, as they become
available. Public notice will be posted regarding the date
and time of the random public drawing once the deadline date has
A WISH Board Member, the Principal, and at least one other school
employee will conduct the Admissions Lottery as a public event to
ensure that lottery procedures are fairly executed.
Procedures include announcing each applicant's lottery
number; recording the number on paper; and entering the number in
the school's database.
The random public lottery determines an applicants' waitlist
status. Those who apply after the lottery deadline are added
to the end of the lottery waitlist in the order they are received.
Offers for openings are made in waitlist number order until the
spots are filled or the waitlist is exhausted.
Initial offers will be made in the week following the lottery
drawing by phone. When an offer is made, WISH will request
that applicants notify the school within 48 hours to indicate
whether or not they will accept; if offers are declined or
applicants do not respond, the spot is then offered to the next
applicant on the waitlist. Email notificiation will be sent to
each family on the waitlist once initial offers are
The waitlist for the current school year remains active until
WISH's admissions period commences for the following year.
Lottery applications are only valid for the current year.
Applicants must reapply for the lottery annually if WISH is
unable to offer them admission for the current year.
WISH will invite LAUSD representatives and respected members of
the community as official observers of the lottery to verify
lottery procedures are fairly executed.