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The Lincoln Academy (TLA)

The Lincoln Academy (TLA) is a tuition free public charter school in Beloit,
WI. TLA is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year beginning February 1, 2023. The lottery process is required if TLA has more scholars who apply than seats available. For the 2023-24 school year, TLA will have seats available in each grade level, K4-4th, and 6th-11th. If there are less applicants than seats, all applicants will be offered enrollment until the seats are filled. After seats are filled and the enrollment period has concluded, scholars will be offered spots on a first come first serve basis and scholars will be added to the waitlist in the order they are received. Applications must be received in full (which includes scholar birth certificate and proof of residency) by midnight on February 28, 2023. Any application received after the deadline will not be considered for the lottery process, but will be added to the waitlist in the order in which they were received, but after the lottery waitlisted scholars. Scholars have to fill out an application each year to maintain their seat.

If there is a lottery process, TLA will give preference in the order as follows:

  1. Scholars who were enrolled in the charter school in the previous year

  2. Siblings of scholars enrolled in the charter school

  3. Full-time staff and TLA Board members


(A sibling is defined as: biological siblings that share parents, siblings that share a single parent, siblings that share a parent through marriage, children who share a parent through adoption or guardianship, siblings who reside in different households or foster children.)

This means that if a scholar is offered enrollment all siblings of that scholar will be offered enrollment in their corresponding grade. If that grade is filled and/or has a waitlist, the sibling will be offered enrollment in their corresponding grade and the last person offered enrollment into that grade will be moved to the first position on the waitlist.

February 1 - 28, 2023: The application period (waitlist if needed after 2-28-23).

March 3, 2023: Applicants will be notified that a lottery is required, and issued a lottery number (numbers will be assigned by grade level - i.e., K4-1, 2-8, 9-29) and provided information about the lottery process.

March 7, 2023: The TLA lottery will take place in a public setting at 2:00 p.m.

March 14, 2023: Applicants will receive an offer of enrollment or a waitlist number (reserved seat or 1st on waitlist, 2nd on waitlist, etc.)

April 1, 2023: The due date to accept enrollment. If a parent/guardian does not contact the office to accept the offer of enrollment, the offer will be rescinded and the first scholar on the waitlist will be offered enrollment.

There will be no less than four participants in the lottery. These participants will include:

  • Number Caller

  • Number Verifier

  • Number Recorder

  • Sibling Identifier


Role of each participant:

Number Caller: Starting with the lowest grade, the Number Caller will pull the number, say the number out loud, and hand the number to the Number Verifier. Once the seats are filled, the Number Caller will continue to pull numbers and put scholars on a waitlist in the order in which they were pulled.

Number Verifier: The Number Verifier has a paper with slots for all numbers that will be pulled in that grade and writes down the numbers being pulled in order on a lottery tracker document.

Number Recorder: The Number Recorder tracks the number and writes it down on a lottery tracker document.

Sibling Identifier: The Sibling Identifier has all grades which require a lottery with the lottery identifier number and scholar name listed. As numbers are pulled, he/she will cross-reference with any lower/upper grade scholars. If a sibling is pulled, he/she immediately notifies the Number Verifier and Number Recorder who will record the sibling into the last available seat (which may move another scholar onto the waitlist). The Sibling Identifier will then remove that sibling from any future pulls.

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