Enrollment & Lottery
Thank you for your interest in joining the School of Science and Technology! SST is a tuition-free, college-prep Texas charter school system that provides rigorous, high-quality education focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to prekindergarten through twelfth grade students. Learn more about eligibility, the application process, our enrollment lottery and more in the information below.
To apply to the 2019-20 school year, your child must be at least four years of age (for Pre-K Lottery) or five years of age (for Kindergarten Lottery) on or by September 1, 2019.
Applicants must create an account and submit a completed Application Form in order to be considered for admission. The application form must be signed and dated by the parent(s).
The application form must include the following items:
- Applicant’s name (first, last, and middle names)
- Applicant’s birth date
- Applicant’s current grade level and grade applied for
- Applicant’s residential address
- Phone numbers
- Applicant’s parents’ name and signature
- Whether the applicant has a sibling already admitted to attending the school
Required Enrollment Documents
- Certified copy of child’s birth certificate
- Current Immunization Record
- Social Security Card for the child (if available)
- Photo ID of Parent or Guardian
- Proof of Residency (Current Utility Bill, Lease Agreement)
- Proof of Income (Tax Return, Current Paystubs, Letter of Employer, etc.), if applying on the basis of being economically disadvantaged.
- Court Documentation or Letter from Child Protective Services (CPS) establishing foster care, if applying on the basis of conservatorship.
A lottery is to be conducted if the number of applicants exceeds the maximum enrollment. The lottery shall take place within 15 days after the last day of the application period. The lottery will be conducted via lottery selection software under the supervision of the campus principal or his/her designee and the Area Superintendent for that geographical region or his/her designee. This ensures that the winner list and the waiting list are selected randomly. Results of the lottery shall be certified by a notary public.
The lottery will be paused momentarily after the computerized lottery fills all available seats allowed by the enrollment cap. The drawing will then continue, and the randomly-selected numbers will be used to create a waiting list. As space becomes available, applicants will be called from the waiting list beginning with applicants with the lowest number assignment.
It is the policy of SST Schools to comply with all state and federal regulations regarding admission and not to discriminate during the admission and the lottery process on the basis of gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, academic, artistic, athletic ability, or the district the child would otherwise attend.
Civil Action 5281 requires that TEA not approve student transfers where the effect of such transfers changes the majority or minority percentage of the school population by more than one percent in either the sending or receiving district. SST Schools comply with reporting transfer students pursuant to Civil Action 5281 by using the student transfer system provided on the Texas Education Agency website under PEIMS section.
Children of the School’s Founders, Board Members, Employees and Siblings Policy
Children of the school’s founders, governing board members, teachers, and staff(*) as well as siblings of returning students (who timely notify the school of their intent to return for the next school year) are exempt from lottery requirements.
If there are more children of school founders, governing board members, teachers and staff and sibling applicants than spaces available, they will be entered into a separate lottery and either admitted if space allows or placed on the waiting list in the order that they are drawn.
Another separate lottery will be held for applicants who do not fall into either of the two above mentioned categories, and who submit applications prior to the deadline. These students will be admitted if there is space or will be placed on the waiting list in the order drawn.
For this policy “sibling” shall mean a biological or legally adopted brother or sister residing in the same household as the applicant. Cousins, nieces, nephews and unrelated children sharing an address with the applicant are not siblings. Sibling enrollment is dependent on available space and does not guarantee enrollment of each listed sibling.
(*)As long as the total number of students allowed constitutes only a small percentage of the total enrollment, as permitted by federal guidance on the Charter Schools Program.
Returning students (students who currently attend the school and intend to return the next school year) are given priority in admission, if they notify the school of their intent to return for the next school year by the second Friday of January of each school year.