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TEECS Holds Annual Lottery For 2019-2020 School Year

Parents and prospective students attend the annual lottery at Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School. Photo: TEECS.


More than 1,000 applicants vied for 26 open spots in the annual lottery held Feb. 2 by Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School.

The 26 slots are in the school’s Kindergarten, said Oguz Yildiz, the school’s Lead Person.

TEECS currently has 510 students, Yildiz said.

The class breakdown is 50 students in each grade from Kindergarten through 8th Grade and 42 students each in grades 9 and 10, he said.

In an email to parents, Yildiz said that the lottery was advertised in “thousands of fliers” that were mailed to homes and left at libraries, food banks and churches, an open house, posting on social media accounts and newspaper advertising.

“To increase the diversity of the school, we have held a weighted lottery,” he said in the email. “We have included economically disadvantaged students’ names twice in the lottery, which was approved by NJDOE.”

The first 26 names pulled in the lottery for Kindergarten will be admitted, Yilgiz said. The remainder will be placed on waiting lists, he said.

The waiting lists expire after one year, he said.

 

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