Admissions Process

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 Below is significant information regarding Ascend Leadership Academy's Admissions process.  If you have any specific questions about admissions please contact Holly Cord at


Application Open to the public

January 1st, 2021


Open Enrollment Period

January 1st - February 28th


Enrollment Lottery 

March 4th, 2021


New Student Registration Period 

Begins March 4, 2021

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Important Information for Applicants

Enrollment Requirements

North Carolina residency is the only requirement to apply to Ascend Leadership Academy.

Grade Levels for 2021-22

ALA will accept applications from students who will be in 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders during the 2021-22 school year.

Lottery Process

If ALA receives more student applications than spots available, we are required by law to host a public random lottery to determine which students shall be accepted.  ALA's charter allows for approximately 80 students per grade level.

Lottery Priorities

Ascend Leadership Academy may give enrollment priority under the following circumstances as stated in G.S. 115C-218.45.

  1. Children of Full-Time Employees

  2. Siblings of Current ALA Students

  3. A student enrolled in a charter school that does not offer the student's next grade level.

  4. Family Surname entered once (sibling applying)

New Students Apply Here

ALA will host traditional enrollment tours in January and February 2022. Stay tuned to ALA's website for more specific information about these events.