RCHS Admissions Process
Raleigh Charter High School is a public, college-preparatory school that serves students from North Carolina. Admission to the school is by public lottery.
All applications for students accepted by NC charter schools must be from parents who are currently legal residents of North Carolina. The domiciliary must be in place at the time of the student application. In order to be included in the admissions lottery, an application to RCHS must list a North Carolina residence.
Prospective students complete an application for admission to Raleigh Charter High School. Applicants must be ready for Common Core Math 1/Algebra 1 or a higher mathematics course in the ninth grade. Included in the application packet is a math placement form. This math placement form indicating that the student is prepared for Common Core Math 1/Algebra 1 or higher level math course and signed by the current math teacher, completes the application. During high school, students must take at least four courses in math and at least two consecutive years of a foreign language in order to graduate from Raleigh Charter High School. We offer math courses from Common Core Math 1 to Calculus 3. Many courses are offered only at the honors (advanced) level.
Siblings of current RCHS students, siblings of RCHS graduates who finished all four years at RCHS (and graduated), and children of full-time employees are given priority. The current student must be enrolled for one year before sibling status is granted.
We hold Information Sessions to give prospective students and parents a chance to view the school campus, to visit staff members, to pick up an application and information packet, and to hear programs about our school.
After You Submit an Application...
You will receive from us a green postcard with your student’s lottery ID number in the mail. If you do not receive a green card by March 13 AND you have filled out and submitted your application within the January 23-February 24 application window, please call the school at 919-715-1155 by March 16 at 4 pm. When you receive your green card in the mail, please retain it. The lottery ID number on the card is what you will look for on our website on the day of the lottery.
The lottery will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 10 am and is open to the public. By 5 pm on the day of the lottery, we intend to post the lottery ID numbers of accepted and wait-listed students at www.raleighcharterhs.org. Please do not call the school to find out your lottery status. Accepted students will receive a packet of materials in the mail soon after the lottery.
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