How to Apply

This page outlines in detail how our random admissions lottery process works. Read on and follow the steps to apply below.

About the Random Admissions Lottery Process  

Because the number of applicants always exceeds the number of available spaces at Foundation Academies’ grades and schools, all student applications are placed into a random admissions lottery.

The random lottery process ensures that students are selected irrespective of academic ability, gender, race, religion, national origin, household income, or disability/special needs of the students or the parents/guardians. There are no costs or fees to apply.

Foundation Academies students can live anywhere in the State of New Jersey, however, Trenton residents get first priority for admission. If spaces remain after the admission of all eligible Trenton residents, non-resident applicants, also selected by lottery, may be admitted.

For siblings of current Foundation Academy students, a separate, sibling enrollment lottery is held. Siblings are given preference in the lottery, and so if space is available in the sibling’s requested grade, the sibling is automatically enrolled. However, if there are more sibling applicants than available spaces, siblings are entered into their own admissions lottery (separate from that of new students) to fill the available spaces. The remaining siblings are then entered into a lottery to determine their position on the wait list.

Application Timing for the 2020-2021 School Year

Foundation Academies accepts applications for enrollment once per academic year. Entry into the admissions lottery is contingent upon your application’s successful completion and submission by the deadline. Only ONE application per student will be accepted. Multiple applications do not increase the chances of enrollment, and duplicate applications will be discarded. 

  • Applications must be received by Friday, February 28, 2020, to be eligible for the admissions lottery in March 2020. 
  • All students currently on a waiting list MUST re-apply for the 2020-2021 year. 

Step 1 - Submit an Application

For new students:
Complete and submit the online application. The application is also available in Spanish.
En la esquina superior izquierda de la página, haga clic en "Seleccionar idioma". En el menú que aparece, elige "español".

For siblings of current students:
If your child is a CURRENT Foundation Academies student and you wish to enroll a sibling, please DO NOT apply online. On Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, all current students were sent home with applications specifically for SIBLINGS. Please complete and return this application for your child’s sibling to be entered into the lottery. Sibling applications submitted online will NOT be accepted. If you need to complete a sibling application, please visit the main office.
¿Quiere inscribir a un hermano de un estudiante actual de Foundation Academies? Por favor NO aplique en línea. Por favor visite la oficina principal.

Step 2 - Before the Lottery

Once the application period has closed, lottery notification phone calls will begin.

You will ONLY be notified IF spaces are available for your child’s grade level. If this is the case, you will be provided information to attend the lottery in March. 

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant.

If there are no spaces available for your child’s grade level, you will NOT be notified.

  • If there are no spaces available for your child’s grade level, your child will be put into the wait list lottery to determine their placement on the wait list. Any applications received AFTER the deadline for the lottery are placed in the order in which they were received, behind those who applied by the deadline.
  • Beginning April 1, you may call Jacqueline Martinez, Foundation Academies Senior Operations Associate at (609) 920-9200 Ext. 2 to discover your child’s position on the waiting list. Due to the time required to process the list of applicants, we ask that you please refrain from calling before April 1, 2020.  

Attendance at the lottery is not mandatory and has no effect on your child’s potential for enrollment.

Step 3 - After the Lottery

If your child was selected in the lottery:
You will receive an enrollment packet and will be guided by Foundation Academies staff regarding the next steps required to complete the enrollment process. All submission deadlines are noted in the enrollment packet. If you are unable to attend the lottery, Foundation Academies staff will contact you regarding the enrollment packet and process.

If your child was NOT selected in the lottery:
Your child will be placed on the wait list in the order in which they were drawn in the lottery. Beginning April 1, please call Jacqueline Martinez, Foundation Academies Senior Operations Associate at (609) 920-9200 Ext. 2 to discover your child’s position on the waiting list. Due to the time required to process the list of applicants, we ask that you please refrain from calling before April 1, 2020. 

Step 4 - Enrollment

To officially enroll, parents/guardians MUST submit the completed enrollment packet by the date listed on the letter and prior to the first day of school, or your child’s space may be forfeited to accommodate the next student on the waiting list. 

Foundation Academies staff will assist regarding the required processes and documents required to finalize enrollment. 

Questions?

Please contact Jacqueline Martinez, Senior Operations Associate at (609) 920-9200 Ext. 2.

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