South Valley Preparatory School’s annual Lottery for the following school year typically opens in January after our return from Winter Break for 3 weeks. If it is outside of the lottery timeframe and you are looking to enroll your child at SVP for this current year, please fill out the form below and we will contact you.
South Valley Preparatory School is a State Charter School that is authorized by the Public Education Commission. The Public Education Commission determines whether new state charter school applications are approved, and current state charters are renewed or revoked.
Charter schools do not draw students from an assigned area; families choose to send their children to them. If the demand for enrollment in a charter school exceeds space, students are picked by a random lottery.
On a day-to-day, operational level, a charter school is run by a school leader or principal and overseen by an elected board just like a local district.
Like traditional public schools, charter schools receive state and local funds based on the number of students they enroll, as well as money from the federal government to provide special education services, just like traditional district schools. In New Mexico, two percent of a school’s budget is granted to the school’s authorizer. Charter schools-like district and private schools can also raise additional funds through private donations.
Charter schools are public schools and are accountable to the same requirements as traditional public schools such as mandated assessments like the NM-MSSA, standard graduation criteria, serving students with disabilities, and providing English language instruction for English Learners.
Charter schools are obligated to meet all federal and state laws regarding special education, including following a child’s IEP or 504 Plan. Providing a copy of your child’s IEP/504 Plan or alerting school staff during registration that your child has an IEP will help your child receive the services they need.
Charter schools are not required to provide transportation to and from their school. SVP contracts with a local bus company to bus students to school on a very limited route. Please call the school for further information.
New Mexico, by statute, requires a charter school to employ a lottery selection process, if the total number of applicants exceeds the space available, 22-8B-4.1 NMSA (1978). A charter school will need to use a lottery selection process any time the total number of applicants exceeds the spaces available.
South Valley Preparatory School typically holds its Lottery within the first month after Winter Break. South Valley Prep opens the lottery window for three (3) weeks. During those 3 weeks, lottery applications are received and assigned a lottery number. After the lottery window closes, if the school has received more applications than available spaces then lottery numbers will be pulled one at a time randomly to fill the available spaces. Any additional lottery applicants left after the lottery will be pulled randomly to create a waiting list.
There is neither federal nor state law prescribing the manner in which the lottery is to be conducted nor the time when the lottery is to be conducted.
No. A charter school must first establish an enrollment period and, if at the end of the enrollment period the total number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, a lottery selection should be conducted. If the number of applicants does not exceed the number of spaces available, a lottery selection is not necessary, and all applicants can be admitted to the school.
The application for admission to the charter school should only request information necessary to enable the school to identify the student and determine what grade the applicant is seeking to enter. Basic contact information such as address telephone number and e-mail address can be requested. Applications should not request ethnic, racial, religious, or language information from the applicants. Applicants cannot be required to submit copies of test scores, transcripts, immunization records, IEP, or 504 files from the last school. The charter school cannot require applicants to write an essay or letter of intent before an applicant’s name is placed in the lottery. Any additional information desired by the school can be requested only after a student is admitted through the lottery.
State law provides that only the following categories of applicants may be exempted from the lottery process:
- students who have been admitted to the charter school through an appropriate admission process and remain in attendance through subsequent grades; and
- siblings of students already admitted to, or attending, the same charter school.
There is no exemption for children of a charter school’s founders or children of employees of the charter school.