Thank you for your interest in our school! Falls Lake Academy is a public charter school that is dedicated to preparing our students for college and beyond. We follow a rigorous curriculum with high academic standards that develop twenty-first-century skills through project-based learning. Students learn to work with others on a regular basis to solve real-world problems that impact our community. Service to others is a required element of learning at Falls Lake Academy for our students and families. We welcome you to become part of our commitment to Exceeding Excellence!
Falls Lake Academy is a tuition-free public school. Any child who is qualified under the laws of North Carolina for admission to a public school is qualified for admission to FLA. FLA does not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion or ancestry. In order to be eligible for kindergarten, children must be 5 (or older) on or before August 31 of the school year for which they wish to enroll.
Electronic submission of applications offers families the ability to apply within minutes. After submitting the application, you will be able to review the information submitted and an email confirmation will also be sent out. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact the school office. If you are unable to do an electronic application from home, you can stop by the school office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to submit your application. All applications must be entered between the designated window. Families wishing to apply after the deadline may still complete an application electronically. The child’s name will be placed at the end of the wait-list after the lottery has taken place.
Scheduled Tours & Open House
The open houses/tours are for prospective new students and parents interested in learning more about our school. During the open houses, there will be a brief information and question session followed by an opportunity to tour the building and classrooms.
If you are unable to attend the information sessions but have specific questions, you may contact the school office during business hours.
The lottery will take place in our school gymnasium. The public is welcome to attend the event, however, attendance will not affect a child’s admission to FLA. Enrollment packets will be mailed electronically to each student admitted through the lottery. If a student has not provided an email and is unable to access an electronic enrollment packet, it will be sent through the mail. This enrollment packet must be completed, signed and returned to the school by the due date. This will be used to confirm your commitment to Falls Lake Academy and release your student’s records from their current school. Failure to return your enrollment packet by the deadline will nullify your student’s acceptance.
Siblings of current Falls Lake Academy students and children of current Falls Lake Academy full-time staff members are admitted before the lottery to any available spots for the grade in which that student is applying. If there are more siblings applying than spots available there will be a lottery held among siblings of Falls Lake Academy students before the lottery of the general public. Be reminded that students who are twins, triplets, etc. must each complete an application. However, only one application will be entered in the lottery for those students. If that application is accepted, the sibling’s twin or triplet, etc. will also be admitted.
Who can apply to Falls Lake Academy?
Falls Lake Academy is a tuition-free public charter school. FLA admits students without regard to race, sex, disability, color, religion, nationality or ethnic origin. Any child who resides in NC and is eligible to attend Kindergarten through 12th grade may apply.
Does my child that is a current student at FLA need to reapply?
No. Current Falls Lake Academy students do not need to re-apply for admission or enter the lottery process again. They are required to submit a letter of intent for the upcoming school year. This intent letter is very important as it will determine any additional openings for the lottery. This form will be available online and sent home to every Firebird family early in February.
My child is currently on the wait-list for this year. How does this affect applications for next year?
Wait-lists are discarded each October. All students that have not been admitted will need to re-apply for admission for the following school year.
Do we have to be present at the actual lottery?
No, you do not. Although you are welcome to attend, please be aware that your attendance does not affect the outcome. We anticipate the lottery will take about 1 hour, after which emails will be sent with student-specific results to all applicants. In an effort to make the actual lottery day quick and efficient, we use a computer program to randomly assign a number to each applicant at the lottery. The number assigned by the program will determine a students’ acceptance or wait-list position.
Do siblings of current students get priority? What if there are not enough seats for siblings?
Yes, Siblings of currently enrolled students get priority in the admission process. In the event that we have more sibling applicants than available seats, not all siblings will be accepted. A sibling waitlist will be established.
I have twins. How do I apply for them?
In accordance with North Carolina charter law, if multiple birth siblings apply for admissions and a lottery is needed, the charter school shall enter one surname into the lottery to represent all of the multiple birth siblings. If that surname is selected, then all of the multiple birth siblings shall be admitted. So, an application would be submitted for each individual sibling, but only one lottery number would be assigned to the multiple birth siblings. In the event that a seat is available and the lottery number that represents multiple children is next on the wait-list, all multiple birth siblings with that lottery number would be offered admission.
How many openings do you have per grade? What are my chances of acceptance?
As we get closer to the end of the school year, we anticipate having some spots in all grade levels. However, we will not know exact numbers until our current students complete a letter of intent. We will hold a lottery for all grades K-12, and wait-lists will be established for all grades once all spots are filled. If a space opens up in a grade level after the lottery, we use the wait-listed students to fill spots.