NAEP School Network Enrollment and Lottery Process (2023-2024)


Our Process 1 Admission Standards 1 Lottery Procedures 1 Priority of Enrollment 2 Post Application Period Applications 2.

Our Process

  • Applications for the lottery are available online from October 4th to January 31st. Paper applications are available at the front office. Applications received after January 31st go to the school Registrar.
  • The lottery will be held at 2:00 PM on February 21st of every school year. All applicants will receive notification by March 3rd by email of acceptance or waiting list number.
  • Once a student is enrolled, there is no need to reapply each subsequent year. A student’s seat is guaranteed until at least the first day of school unless a parent notifies the school otherwise.

Admission Standards

  • PM Wells Charter Academy is a public school and requires no application fee or tuition. In order to be eligible for admission, students or their guardians are required to reside in the State of Florida at the time of the application.
  • Under Florida General Statute (GS115C-391), PM Wells Charter Academy may refuse admission to any student who has been expelled or suspended from a public school, until the period of suspension or expulsion has expired.
  • PM Wells Charter Academy does not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, or ancestry.

Lottery Procedures

PM Wells Charter Academy’s lottery will be held at PM Wells Charter Academy on February 21st. Results will be sent to parents by email if an address was supplied, or by postal service.

The PM Wells Charter Academy lottery is open to the general public, but attendance is not required for acceptance.

The lottery procedure must ensure that each eligible applicant, who submitted an application prior to the lottery application deadline, will have an equal opportunity to be randomly selected. It must also continue until all eligible applicants have been selected and placed on a final list.

The lottery will be run by a computer program written specifically for PM Wells Charter Academy.

When the lottery is run, it will assign a random number to every single applicant. Family members will be entered as a group and will all be placed at the same time. The applicants are then either placed or waitlisted according to priority and space availability in each grade level. Twins and triplets are always admitted together and cannot be split at admission.

Priority of Enrollment

Priority in enrollment is not a guarantee of a seat, there must be available space in grade or program. Once a student uses any enrollment priority to enroll, he or she may not use any priority again. Enrolled students who subsequently withdraw must use the lottery process without priority to re-enroll. The only exception is for the Opportunity priority.

Enrollment priority may be awarded to the following, with priority given in this order:

  1. Children of the school’s full-time employees and Board of Directors. This number cannot exceed 15% of the school’s total enrollment unless granted a waiver by the State Board of Education.
  2. Siblings of currently enrolled students. Applicants must share a residence and a legal guardian with a currently enrolled PM Wells Charter Academy student to be considered an eligible sibling.
  3. Siblings of PM Wells Charter Academy graduates.
  4. Opportunity priority. A student who was enrolled at PM Wells Charter Academy within the two previous school years but left to participate in
    1. an academic study abroad program or competitive admission residential program or
    2. because of the vocational opportunities of the student’s parents.

Post Application Period Applications

The school will decide each year whether or not to accept applications after the deadline. If accepted, any applications received after the stated deadline will be added to the end of the waiting list in the order that they are received. Order of receipt will be determined by the time stamp on the email or online entry, and the time of day that standard mail is delivered on that day. If multiple late entries are received simultaneously (exact same timestamp or mail delivery day), they will be listed in alphabetical order of their middle name (or first if no middle is given).

Late entries will be accepted (added to the end of the waitlist), until at least the first day of school, or the date where it appears the waiting list will be too long to accommodate. Any late enrollment application cutoff will be posted on the website and is effective immediately.

School Capacity: 857

Enrollment Q & A

How can I find out information about your school?
We encourage our interested families to attend an enrollment information session to find out more about our school’s programs and offerings as this is the perfect platform to ask your questions to faculty and staff. We also offer tours on an ongoing basis. Visit our events page to see a list of information sessions or call the school at (321) 697-1020 to schedule a tour.
Are there age restrictions for school grade levels?
Florida law (Section 1003.21(1)(a)2, Florida Statutes) specifies that children who have attained the age of five years on or before September 1 of the school year are eligible for admission to public kindergarten during that school year.
How can I apply if I do not have a computer or internet access?
Contact our school for assistance.
Can I list all my children on one application?
Each child’s application becomes part of their registration in our student information system where grades, schedules, and attendance is stored. Please complete a separate application for each one of your children and list the siblings within each application to receive sibling preference.
If my child is a current student, do I need to apply again?
No, your child automatically has a space in the appropriate grade if the Intent to Return for the next school year is completed by the deadline.
If I have one child who currently attends your school and I would like my other child to attend, what should I do?
You need to fill out an application during open enrollment for the other child. Please remember to list the currently enrolled student under the “sibling attending” section of the application to receive sibling preference in the lottery.
Open Enrollment has ended, am I still able to apply?
We continuously accept applications through the last day of the school year that you are applying for. If there is a seat available in the grade level that you are applying for, an offer will be made through email. If there are no openings in the grade level you are applying for, your child’s application will be placed on the waitlist in the date order the application was received.
I am currently on the waitlist. Does the waitlist expire once the new lottery is run or does it carry over?
Applications are school year specific. Applications submitted for the current school year will not be valid, roll over, or be processed in the next school year. If your child is currently on the waitlist, please submit a new application during the next school year’s Open Enrollment period.
If my child is on the waitlist, do I need to contact you to find out where he/she stands on the list?
Parents can call the school at any time to determine their place on the waitlist.
My child is on the waitlist but has moved down a spot. How is this possible?
We follow the preferences permitted by the state (sibling, military, employee, etc.). For example, when one sibling is accepted and has another sibling waitlisted in another grade, that waitlisted sibling gets an enrollment preference, meaning they move to the top of the waitlist. This means that occasionally parents will see their children move down the list instead of up.
What happens if my child’s name is chosen during the lottery?
You will be contacted by email if your child is offered a seat or placed on the waitlist. Once your student receives an offer, you will need to accept the offer and schedule a registration session with the school within 7 business days or the offer will be automatically declined. Please see the Registration section above for the specific documents required to ensure you can complete the registration process in a timely manner.
Is there a tuition fee to attend?
No, we are a public school and there is no cost to attend.
Does my child need to wear a uniform?
We have a dress code at school. Students must follow the dress code every day. More information regarding our dress code can be found on our website under the Parents tab.
Does your school provide transportation?
Yes, we offer transportation to limited areas as seats on school buses are limited. Parents can also provide transportation to and from school for their child(ren). However, there are many buses and vans that pick up and drop off students. Please contact us for a list of those resources.