Enrollment FAQ’s

Who may enroll in CPA-CFA?
Each charter school in North Carolina is open to any student who lives in the state. According to NC law, applicants must live in North Carolina at the time of application. CPA is a public school that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, or gender.

How do I apply?
Follow this link for an application

I applied last year for the lottery. Do I need to apply again?
Yes, you must apply EVERY SCHOOL YEAR for the specific grade that your student will be in.

Is your space limited to each grade?
Yes.  In order to stay true to our charter, we must limit our class sizes.  Priority enrollment is the best way to secure a spot for your child.

How long does open enrollment last?
Priority enrollment ends on March 31, 2019 11:59 pm.  All applications received after 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2019 will be time-stamped and added, in time-stamped order, to the wait-list for the selected grade and will not be chosen by random selection in the lottery.

When is your lottery?
Our lottery will be held on April 1, 2019, for the 2019-2020 school year.

Do I need to be present at the lottery to receive a space?
No. You will be emailed immediately after the lottery has been run with either confirmation that you received a space or your number on the waitlist. If you do choose to attend the lottery, it is recommended that you bring a phone or device to confirm your child’s space within that grade via the email link. You must confirm your space after the lottery or your child’s seat will be forfeited and moved to the bottom of the waitlist.

How old must my child be to enroll in Kindergarten?
To apply to kindergarten, students must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2019.

What enrollment priorities do you have?

  • Children of the CPA-CFA’s board of directors
  • Sibling preference. The term “siblings” includes any of the following who reside in the same household: half-siblings, stepsiblings, and children residing in a family foster home.
  • Children of CPA-CFA’s full-time employee

*Based on space is available and does NOT exceed grade level capacity.

Is there a tuition fee to attend Coastal Prep?
No, CPA-CFA is a tuition-free public charter school.

How does the lottery work?
Priority enrollment starts on January 10, 2019, and ends on March 31, 2019, at 11:59 pm. Once the priority enrollment period closes (3/31/2019 at 11:59 p.m.), all of the applications received by then will be counted and organized by grade. All of those applications are subject to the lottery if oversubscribed. You will be notified if your application is going to the lottery.  We will hold the lottery publicly for anyone that wished to attend.  All applications received after 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2019, will be time-stamped and added, in time-stamped order, to the wait-list for the selected grade and will not be chosen by random selection in the lottery.

How can I verify/check on my applications/results for the lottery or position on the waitlist?
You can check your student’s status 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by logging into your Lotterease parent account.

My child is on the waitlist but has moved down a spot. How is this possible?
Undoubtedly this is frustrating. We try to keep families together, so when one sibling is accepted and has another sibling waitlisted in another grade, that waitlisted sibling gets an enrollment preference, meaning they move to the bottom of the sibling waitlist. This means that occasionally parents will see their children move down the list instead of up.