Lottery for Richmond charter school set for tonight

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Tonight, parents will find out if their child will be part of the first ever class at the new Richmond elementary charter school set to open in July. This is the first elementary charter school in the state.

The number of applicants for the new Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts exceeded expectations. So, tonight a lottery will be held and about 100 kids will be disappointed. But, it is not the end of the road for them, just yet.

While the work is still underway at the school, 150 desks will soon fill the classrooms inside the currently vacant school building and the CEO of this new charter school is ready.

"Tonight is going to be very exciting very special. We will learn who our students are for our very fist inaugural class," says CEO Antione Green.

More than 250 kids applied here. But with only 150 slots open, a lottery is needed to keep the school at its capacity.

For the lottery tonight, each parent will get a number that matches with their child's name. School and community leaders will pull those numbers randomly, based upon each grade level Once all of the slots for a particular grade is full, school leaders will then continue to select numbers for a waiting list.

"So, based on the students who end up enrolling, we may have some additional space for these students who did not get in tonight," says Green.

Here's the catch. If one of your children is selected for enrollment tonight, then all of your children that applied will get into the school, as long as the selected child decides to go to school here.

"We are so very excited! it's been a long time coming for us to get to this moment!" adds Green.

It's just one starting moment tonight, in the road to a brand new hands on experience at this charter school, one the state has never seen before.

You'll know if your child officially got into the school by March 20. Classes here are set to begin sometime in July.

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