Lottery and Registration FAQ
Who can enroll at Altura Prep?
Children who are eligible to be in grades Kindergarten – 5th grade for the coming school year are eligible to enroll. (Kindergarteners enrolling for a given school year must be age 5 by 12:00am on September 1 of that year, per state statute.)
What is the cost to attend?
Altura Prep is a free public charter school, so there is no cost to attend.
How many seats do you have available?
We have 44 seats per grade level in Kindergarten- 5th grades. Students currently enrolled at Altura Prep will have the first priority to re-enroll for the next year. The number of available seats in 1st – 5th grades will depend on the number of returning students.
How do I enroll a child for ___ grade?
To enroll a new Altura Prep student for any grade level, visit our Enroll page and click on the Enroll Now button. Create your parent account on SchoolMint (our secure, online enrollment system) and follow the prompts to create an application for your student.
When does registration open for the next school year?
Enrollment begins on November 1! Our enrollment period is open between November 1 and noon on the 2nd Thursday in April. On the 2nd Friday in April, we notify all families of their status for the coming school year. If there are more applicants than available seats, we hold a random lottery to determine students' status as admitted or as waitlisted.
What is a school lottery, and how does it work?
A school lottery is a randomized drawing of student names to fill available seats when there are more enrollment applications than available seats. At Altura Prep, interested families may submit enrollment applications between November 1 and noon on the 2nd Thursday in April. On the 2nd Friday in April, school officials review the number of applications per grade level, and if there are more applications than available seats, the school will hold a lottery to randomly admit students to fill that grade level.
The school software randomly assigns students' numbers in the lottery and will notify families of students who have been given a seat. Students not given a seat will be given a number on the waitlist.
When are families notified about their child’s spot?
Families will be notified by 12:00 pm on the 2nd Friday in April about acceptance or wait list placement.
When is the deadline to accept my child’s spot?
Families must accept or decline by April 30th so that we can offer seats to students on the waitlist.
My child was accepted! How do I accept his/her seat and register?
Families will receive an email or text message from us via SchoolMint. Log in to SchoolMint using the username and password you created during enrollment, and click “Accept” to accept your child’s seat. You will automatically be routed to the registration page to complete your child’s registration paperwork online.
When is registration paperwork due?
All registration paperwork is due by June 1st. Please call 505-539-5369 if you have questions about immunizations.
What registration paperwork must be completed?
- Student and Family Information Form
- Health Record Form
- Media Release Form
- Dental Examination Verification Form
- Student Records Request Form
- General Field Trip Permission Form
- Emergency Medical Authorization Form
- Emergency Contact/Authorized Sign Out Person Card
- Family Digital Access Form
Please also bring/include PDF:
- Student Birth Certificate/Verification of Birthdate (school will verify)
- Immunization Records
- Dental Examination Verification
What is a waitlist?
The waitlist is the list of students who were not initially granted a seat through the lottery. As seats in the grade level become available, the school will contact families in the order of the waitlist to offer an available seat. Families will have 48 hours to accept the seat or to pass.
Just because your child is on the wait list does not mean that s/he won’t be able to attend Altura Prep! Seats will continue to be offered as they become available.
I am number ___ on the waitlist. What happens now?
Altura Prep staff will contact you if a seat becomes available.
My child was on the waitlist and they have now been offered a seat! How long do I have to decide?
When the offer is made in SchoolMint, you'll have 48 hours to accept or decline your seat. If you have questions or are unsure of your decision, please contact the school at 505-539-5369 so that we may assist you!
I already have one child attending, what happens to my younger child(ren)?
Siblings of current Altura Prep students are given priority in the lottery for their grade level. This does not necessarily guarantee admission, but it means that students are placed at the top of the lottery list, before non-siblings.