Lottery Procedures

Lottery Procedures

  1. All eligible applications received by the deadline will be entered into a public lottery. Applicants will be placed in the lottery by their grade as of the next school year.
  2. SICS will determine the number of seats available each year by grade level prior to the start of the new school year.
  3. The number of seats available for Kindergarten, in the next school year, will be determined, prior to the kindergarten lottery. That number will be based on the number of siblings that register for kindergarten and the number of attending kindergarteners that may not be promoted to grade one and will repeat kindergarten.
  4. Notice of the lottery will be publicized at least one week prior to the lottery.
  5. Three separate lotteries, for every grade, will be held at the end of each enrollment period if there are more applicants than seats available, or if there is a Waiting List at any grade level.
  6. Students who have completed the enrollment process will be separated into one of the three below groups:
    • Siblings (students who share a common parent, either biologically or legal adoption) of students who are already in attendance at SICS in the year of application, will be given preference for admission over non-sibling students. It is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian to inform SICS of any sibling(s) currently on the Wait List.
    • Residents of Springfield will be given preference for admission over non-resident students.
    • Non-residents will be defined as Massachusetts residents who live outside of the City of Springfield
  7. Each Application for Admission will be assigned a random identification number for the lottery. The parent/guardian completing the Application will also be given a copy of the identification number for their child prior to the lottery. As each student’s number is drawn, he/she will be assigned the next available opening for his/her particular grade, or placement on the appropriate Waiting List. Each of the three lotteries will establish a fair and random list of students by grade ranked in ascending numerical order according to their lottery draw.
  8. An unbiased person will draw these numbers by grade at a publicized, public meeting at the school, 160 Joan Street, Springfield, MA 01129.
  9. If the principal enrollment process fails to produce an adequate number of enrolled students, the lottery process may be repeated if a Waiting List does not exist and the required lottery process is strictly followed, including public notification and deadlines (603 CMR 1.06(5)).
  10. Once a student is attending the school, they may remain at the school even if their town of residence, within Massachusetts, changes.
  11. Any student for whom enrollment into SICS would cause the sending district (Springfield) to exceed their tuition cap, will not be offered admission but will remain on the Waiting List. If that student is a sibling of a student currently in attendance at the school, the state may pay the child’s tuition, subject to appropriation (M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 89(i); 603 CMR 1.06(4)(e)).
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