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Registration for Elite Scholars lottery begins Thursday

Clayton County parents, who want to get their rising sixth-through-ninth-grade students into the Elite Scholars Academy Charter School for the 2010-2011 school year, can begin registering for the school's admission lottery on Thursday, school system officials have announced.

The registration window will remain open until March 5, according to a news release from the school system. The lottery will be held, mainly, to fill 75 slots in the upcoming sixth-grade class at the academy, school Lead Administrator Graysen Walles said, and not all of those slots will be filled through the lottery.

"Siblings of current students get first priority," he said. "They get a spot first, and then we go to the lottery."

The registration form for the lottery will be available in an online-only format, and parents will be able to find it on the Clayton County Public Schools web site, Walles said. Any parent, or guardian, seeking to get his or her child into the school will need to provide the child's Student Identification number (if the student is already enrolled in Clayton County Public Schools), and social security number, he said.

Current students will not have to go through the lottery to keep their spot in the school, he said. The number of slots available for the seventh-through-ninth-graders will depend on how many current students bring in forms, signed by their parents, saying they will be returning next year.

Walles said he expects there to be a lot of parents of rising sixth-graders registering for the lottery. Last year, there were more than 500 students registered for the sixth-grade lottery, and only 75 spots, he said.

There are 220 students currently enrolled in the school, according to School Secretary Delphenia Wilkins. She said almost all of the students have returned forms already, and all of the forms returned, so far, indicate those students will return next year.

Walles said school officials are waiting to hear from 50 students, mainly sixth-and seventh-graders, to see whether they will be back.

"I expect we're probably going to see 80 percent, at least, of our students return next year," he said. "That prediction may be too low ... but you never want to say 100 percent before you know for sure."

The Elite Scholars Academy Charter School will begin the 2010-2011 school year on July 12, according to the school system's press release.

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