Lottery FAQ & Complaints

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding John Adams Academy Lotteries

1. What grades require a lottery at each campus for the 2024-25 School Year? 

A final list of grades that will require a lottery will be posted by February 14, 2024.


Roseville: TK & Kindergarten


Lincoln: TK & Kindergarten


El Dorado Hills: TK & Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 9th grades.


Online Program: No lottery needed; apply now! 


2. If a lottery is needed, when will the lottery be held?

      (Zoom link will be sent to those participating)


El Dorado Hills:

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 @ 9:30am

El Dorado Hills Campus - Location TBD



Monday, February 26, 2024 @ 12:30pm

Lincoln Campus - Location TBD



Monday, February 26, 2024 @ 9:00am

Roseville Campus - Location TBD


3. What is a lottery?

During an open application period, if there are more applications for a grade than there are seats available for that grade, the Academy is required to conduct a public random drawing (lottery). The lottery is used to determine which applicants will receive offers of admission for the available seats and to establish a waitlist for that grade.


4. Do all grades need a lottery?

The need for a lottery will be determined by the number of applications received, the number of available seats, and whether or not a waitlist exists for that grade level.


Any grade level that has an existing waitlist will not have a lottery. Any grade level without an existing waitlist that has more applications than space available will have a lottery. The lottery will be used to fill the available seats and establish waitlists for each grade level.


5. Do I have to be present at the lottery to claim my child’s spot?

No, you do not need to attend. Attendance at the lottery is NOT mandatory for your child to receive an offer. Lottery results will be emailed out and available to view through your SchoolMint account.


6. If I cannot attend the lottery how will I know if my child got in?

It is not mandatory for you to attend the Lottery. After the lottery, results are verified and then will be made public. If your number is selected you will receive an email and phone call officially offering you a seat. If you are placed on the waitlist you will be able to view the waitlist number on your SchoolMint account.


7. Can I send someone else to the Lottery in my place?

Yes. This is a public lottery so all are welcome to attend. Prior to a lottery staff will provide families with a student ID number for their applicant that is used in the selection process. If you are sending someone in your place to view the lottery please ensure that you provide them the unique Student ID number you were emailed. They must know the Student ID number before they arrive. On the night of the lottery we will only give out Student ID numbers to the parent or guardian that filled out the application. The Parent/Guardian will need to show identification in order to receive the Student ID number at the lottery.


8. May I bring my children to the lottery?

Yes, but you will need to supervise them during the lottery.


9. What happens if the grade fills up before my child’s number is drawn?

Even if all of the available seats for a grade have been filled, all scholar’s numbers that are in the lottery will be pulled. Once the available seat limit is reached the remaining scholar’s names continue to be drawn and will go on the waitlist in order of number drawn.


10. What happens if my scholar’s name is selected for a seat in the lottery?

After the lottery results are verified they will then be made public. If your number is selected you will receive an email and phone call officially offering you a seat. Once an offer is made you will have up to 72 hours to log on to your SchoolMint account and accept or decline the seat, and complete the registration paperwork.


11. How much time do I have to decide after I receive an offer of admission?

You will have 72 hours to complete the registration process. This includes accepting or declining the offer, completing the on-line registration information, and uploading the required documentation. If you fail to accept the offer and complete the registration process within 72 hours your seat will be forfeited and offered to the next person on the waitlist.


12. If I have a sibling already attending in Roseville, does that guarantee my other scholar(s) a seat in El Dorado Hills, Lincoln or online?

No, sibling admission preference is based on the currently enrolled sibling attending the same Academy that their sibling is applying to.  Sibling admission preferences are also not guarantees of admission.


13. Does participation in one John Adams Academy Lottery get my child into other John Adams Academy schools?

No. Lotteries are site specific. Parents must apply separately for each campus that they want to attend. If you receive an offer resulting from a lottery it is to attend that campus only. Families wishing to be considered for enrollment at more than one campus should submit applications for enrollment for each campus separately through SchoolMint.


14. How can I make a complaint about the admission and lottery process?

Please email [email protected] or complete the appropriate Charter School Enrollment Complaint Form for your district HERE