HOW TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION – PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS ONLY
The admission application, lottery, and registration for all Voyager Academy processed through SchoolMint. SchoolMint is an on-line system that parents/guardians will use to submit any and all forms and documents throughout the application, lottery, and admission process. Details on the lottery process are below.
If you have already submitted an application and would like to check the status of your application or find your student’s current wait list position, please visit the SchoolMint website at voyageracademy.schoolmint.net. You can log in with your username and password to access your account information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have forgotten your user name or password, you may also retrieve it by visiting the SchoolMint site as well using the “help” feature.
RETURN HERE beginning January 1, 2021, to be able to access the application through SchoolMint, the on-line admission/registration site.
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ADMISSION LOTTERY for PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
The open enrollment application period will be open at midnight on January 1, 2021 until February 28, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Applications MUST be completed during this time in order to be included in the lottery. If applications are received after this time, they will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist, after waitlist positions are assigned at the lottery.
The admission lottery will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12:30 pm at the Voyager Academy Elementary School Gym, located at 4210 Ben Franklin Blvd. Durham, NC 27704. The public is welcome to attend.
Each applicant will receive a notification by email or text, whichever method you indicate on your application, at the completion of the lottery on March 5, 2021, notifying them of their admission offer or position on the waitlist. While we welcome the public to join us for the physical execution of the lottery, no one will be able to find out the results until everyone gets a notification by email or text at the conclusion of all grade levels. Meaning, you may end up waiting for upwards of an hour for all grade levels to be complete once the lottery is generated, while we verify and publish the results.
ADMISSION/LOTTERY DETAILS (Frequently Asked Questions)
Voyager Academy would like to provide access to as many students as possible. However, as a charter school, there are limitations on our enrollment. We are providing the following information, not in an effort to deter you from applying, but for transparency and to assist in expectations.
Jan. 1, 2021 – On-line admission application opens in SchoolMint
Feb. 28, 2021 – Admission application closes for those who wish to be included in the lottery
March 5, 2021 (Friday) – Admission lottery held for the public in Elementary School gym at 12:30 pm. Initial admission offers made.
March 19, 2021 – 1pm -due date to accept offered lottery seats AND complete registration packet. Incomplete registration packets and non-responded offers forfeited.
March 22, 2021 – make 2nd round of offers, if needed
April 2 – 11, 2021 – Voyager Academy Spring Break
April 5, 2021 – 1pm -due date to accept 2nd round offered seats AND complete registration packet. Incomplete registration packets and non-responded offers forfeited.
April 6, 2021 -make 3rd round of offers, if needed
April 20, 2021 – due date to accept 3rd round offered seats AND complete registration packet. Incomplete registration packets and non-responded offers forfeited.
How can my student be admitted to Voyager Academy?
The only way to gain admission to Voyager Academy is through the lottery process. The only way to be included in the lottery is to apply during the Open Enrollment period that begins on January 1 each calendar year. The Open Enrollment application will remain open for 60 days each year. After this time, you can still apply, but the application will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist for whatever grade you are applying into.
How many people apply to Voyager each year?
Traditionally, each year, Voyager Academy receives in excess of 2,000 applications for approximately 150 total openings across all grades K-12 at the time of the lottery. Of those 150 openings, about 100 of them are for our incoming kindergarten. Therefore, there are typically only 50 total openings that are available across 1st – 12th grades combined each year. The majority of the 50 openings are typically in 9th grade. Also pursuant to the State guidelines, siblings and children of staff members and board members are given preference when there are open positions.
Please remember, each year is unique, and there may be more or less openings depending on student retention and other factors.
What grades does Voyager Academy serve?
Elementary School is grades K-3
Middle School is grades 4-8
High School is grades 9-12
What are the school start and end times for Voyager?
Elementary School (Grades K-3): Monday 7:45am-12:45pm, Tuesday – Friday 7:45am-2:45pm
Middle School (Grades 4-8): Monday 8:15am-1:15pm, Tuesday – Friday 8:15am-3:15pm
High School (Grades 9-12): Monday 8:45am-1:45pm, Tuesday – Friday 8:45am-3:45pm
Does it matter when I apply during the open enrollment period?
No. As long as you apply during the 60 days of open enrollment, that begins January 1 each year, your chances are the same as all others applying during that time. For example, your chances for admission are no better for those that apply on January 1 as opposed to those that apply on February 28.
I’m not sure if I want to apply for admission right now. Can I do it later?
Yes, but if you do not apply during the open enrollment period, your student will not be included in the admission lottery. We strongly encourage all who are interested in Voyager Academy to attend a tour and apply during the Open Enrollment period beginning January 1. Otherwise, due to the volume of applications received, your chances of admission are nearly zero as your application will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist for your child’s grade level.
What happens if there aren’t enough applications to fill all open seats in a grade level?
If there are fewer applicants than slots available, all applicants will be admitted for that grade level.
What if we live in a county other than Durham. Can I still apply for admission for my child?
Students attending Voyager Academy may live in any county in North Carolina.
What if we are living out of state but are planning to move to North Carolina in the near future. Can I still apply for my child?
State law mandates that all applicants must reside in North Carolina at the time of application.
How can I increase my student’s chances for admission?
There are two pools of applicants: those in the preference pool and those in the general pool. Those in the preference pool will be randomly assigned their placement prior to those in the general pool.
In accordance with state law, there are a few ways that applications can be given preference. This preference does NOT guarantee admission, it only determines the order in which the applicants are assigned in the lottery process. The following criteria may be used to allow students to be admitted first in the lottery to any open spots for the grade in which that student is applying. If there are more siblings/staff/board children applying than spots available, there will be a lottery held among siblings/staff/board children prior to the lottery for the general pool.
- Siblings of currently enrolled Voyager Academy students may be given preference, if they meet state guidelines
- Siblings of graduated Voyager Academy students may be given preference, if they meet state guidelines
- Children of current Voyager Academy, full time staff members may be given preference, if they meet state guidelines
- Children of current members of the Voyager Academy Board of Directors may be given preference, if they meet state guidelines
- Students that were enrolled in Voyager within the previous two school years, if they meet state guidelines
How do I know what grade to apply for, for my student?
You should apply for the next, natural grade level for your child.
My spouse and I are divorced. Can we submit separate applications for our child?
No. If you do, one will be canceled. Please consult with other family members and only submit ONE application per child. Each applicant can only have 1 application in the system. Duplicates will be deleted.
My children are twins. Do I apply for both of them during open enrollment?
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.
What happens when the lottery is performed?
Each applicant will receive an email or text from SchoolMint at the conclusion of the lottery that will notify you of admission offer or wait list position for the grade you have applied. You must abide by all acceptance and registration stated deadlines or the offered seat will be forfeited.
Do we have to re-apply every year to be included in the lottery?
If a student does not get a space through the lottery/wait list process, that student must re-apply to be considered the following year. However, current students do not have to re-apply year-to-year.
My child has an IEP/504. Can they be admitted?
What is required if I accept the seat offered for my student?
Accepted families who enroll in Voyager Academy, parents and students, must read and agree to follow the Voyager Academy policies and procedures.
Once the lottery concludes and you have received notice by text or email of whether your student was offered a seat, you MUST log in to SchoolMint to accept or decline the offer. Once you have accepted the seat, you will have access to the registration packet. You will then have until March 20, 2020 at 1pm to complete and submit the registration packet and documents electronically. You must abide by all stated deadlines or your child’s seat will be forfeited.
What if my student is offered a seat from the waitlist. Can we have a tour of the school?
If a seat becomes available and your student is called from the waitlist, there will NOT be an opportunity to tour any schools at that time. Individual tours are not given.
My student was waitlisted? How will I know if they are offered a seat in the future?
Students not admitted through the lottery will be placed on a waitlist for the grade level indicated on their application. Students will be kept on the waitlist throughout the school year. If a spot becomes available, we will contact the guardian in order of their wait list number. The information used to contact the guardian is taken from the admission application. Wait list status can be checked 24 hours a day/7 days a week through your SchoolMint account where you made the initial application for admission. You must abide by all acceptance and registration stated deadlines or the offered seat will be forfeited. All lottery and waitlist communications will be sent through SchoolMint.
Does Voyager allow “hardship” transfers from other charter/private/public schools?
Does Voyager offer admission or lottery preference to students based on academic or athletic ability?
Is the admission lottery really random? I’ve heard people say that only certain kids are selected?
In accordance with all guidelines from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Office of Charter Schools, the lottery process at Voyager Academy is indeed random. The application, lottery, and admission process is managed and operated by a 3rd party provider, Charter Success Partners (CSP), and is executed using an on-line lottery management system called SchoolMint. The managing director at Voyager Academy solely makes all decisions regarding numbers of open seats to be offered and works directly with CSP employees to communicate those numbers each lottery season.
Does Voyager have buses to provide transportation to and from school for students?
My child(ren) receive free or reduced lunch at their current school. Does Voyager provide that?
Yes, to families that complete necessary paperwork and qualify.
Does Voyager have any before or after school care? Summer camp?
Yes. See the link under “Parent Resources” on the Voyager website. Under “Extended Day Programs (Before/After Care, Enrichments, Summer Camp)”
What about Monday early release?
Mondays are early release at Voyager for all students. (See “What are the school start and end times for Voyager?” above.) There are enrichments/after-school activities available on-site on these days. Please see the link under “Parent Resources” on the Voyager website. Under “Extended Day Programs (Before/After Care, Enrichments, Summer Camp)”
What type of calendar does Voyager use? Are you year-round or traditional?
Actually, neither. Voyager is on it’s own calendar that is voted on by the Board of Directors. However, typically, Voyager starts about 3 weeks earlier than the traditional public schools in the area and gets out of school prior to Memorial Day each year. Please see this link to the upcoming school year calendars. https://www.voyageracademy.net/calendar/
Post-Lottery and Registration Information
Once the lottery concludes and you have received notice by text or email of whether your student was offered a seat, you MUST log in to SchoolMint to accept or decline the offer. Once you have accepted the seat, you will have access to the registration packet. You will then have until March 19, 2021 at 1pm to complete and submit the registration packet and documents electronically. You must abide by all stated deadlines or your child’s seat will be forfeited. School enrollment and registration are not secure until all documents are provided and verified by the Admissions Office.
Please be aware, for any openings that become available after the lottery is held, all communication will come from SchoolMint, either by text or email. Failure to meet deadlines provided at the time of offer will nullify the offer of admission.
Welcome to Voyager Academy!
Voyager Academy Elementary School
4210 Ben Franklin Blvd
Durham, NC 27704
Phone: +1 919.433.3301 ext. 4
Fax: +1 919.471.3932
Voyager Academy Middle School
101 Hock Parc
Durham, NC 27704
Phone: +1 919.433.3301 ext. 5
Fax: +1 919.433.3305
Voyager Academy High School
4302 Ben Franklin Blvd
Durham, NC 27704
Phone: +1 919.433.3301 ext. 6
Fax: +1 919.620.0554