Lottery Process

Lottery Policy

The following is Elysian Charter School’s policy regarding K-8 student admissions:

Elysian Charter School holds a public lottery on a predetermined day each January for admission for that upcoming school year beginning in September.

*Please note* – Earlier this year, we had anticipated using assigned numbers for the lottery drawing.  Due to a technical issue, we will not use numbers this year but will continue to draw by child’s name, as we have done in the past.  

Please disregard any assigned number issued on application receipts received prior to Nov. 13.  

The lottery for the 2022-2023 school year will be held on Wednesday, January 12th 2022 at 1:30 pm at 1460 Garden Street, Hoboken.  

Lottery Procedure

  • All families MUST submit a lottery application form to be included in the lottery by the deadline of 5 PM on Thursday, January 6th, 2022. Applications can be found on our website,, and can be filled out online or printed out and mailed.  All applications received prior to this cut-off date will be eligible for participation in the admissions lottery.
  • Families who are applying for more than one child must enter an application for each child for their respective grade.
  • Please make sure that all information is correct on the confirmation email. If not, notify Susan Gilbertson at to make corrections. 
  • .  Due to ongoing health concerns, the lottery drawing will take place on Zoom.  Links will be provided on our website, on the day of the lottery, should anyone wish to attend. 
  • Lottery Notification:  Lottery results will not be posted publicly.  Applicant’s whose names have been selected during the lottery for the available openings in each respective grade, will be notified within 4 days. If you do not receive notification within 4 days, you may contact Susan Gilbertson at:  to find out your child’s placement.
  • Once you have been notified of an opening in our school, you have 48 hours to accept or decline a spot. If there is no response or you decline, you will lose your place on the list and the next child on the list will be asked.
  • Once all available openings in each grade have been filled, a wait list will be created.  If a spot is declined in any specific grade, the spot will be offered to the next person on that grade’s waitlist. Please note that siblings of current students have preference.
  • This past January’s lottery and waitlist remains “in effect or active” from the first day of the summer vacation until the last day of the following academic school year. The wait list will only be used for the school year drawn; an applicant who is on the list and not accepted, must reapply and reenter the lottery for the following school year.

Confirmation of Application

  • Once the application is received and reviewed by the school office, you will be sent a confirmation email Please make sure that the information about your child’s grade and residency are correct in the email. Changes or corrections must be submitted to the enrollment coordinator by the application submission deadline of January 6th, 2022 by 5:00 pm..

Lottery Preference

  • In accordance with New Jersey Law, Elysian Charter gives preference to applicants in the following order:
  1. Siblings of students currently enrolled.
  2. In-district applicants (Hoboken) – proof of residency is required.
  3. Out-of-district applicants – students accepted only after Hoboken waitlist is exhausted.

Weighted Lottery

Elysian offers a weighted lottery to those applicants who qualify. A weighted lottery allows low-income families to enter their child’s name three times in the lottery, effectively tripling their chances of being selected. If you believe you qualify, you must:

  1. Indicate on the application that you are applying for the Weighted Lottery.
  2. Indicate what type of assistance you are currently receiving.
  3. You will also need to provide proof of the assistance to the Enrollment Coordinator prior to the lottery application deadline date – January 6th , 2022 by 5:00 pm. All proof can be emailed to Susan Gilbertson at:

Open Houses

Decisions regarding open houses are pending further Covid-19 information.  If Open Houses are not possible in person, they will be held virtually.  All interested parents are invited and urged to attend an Open House so that they may learn more about Elysian. Updates will be posted on our website. 

Open House Dates:  To be determined