Lottery Process

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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.

The lottery for the 2023-2024 school year will be held on Wednesday, January 25th 2023 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, January12th, 2023. All Weighted Lottery Applicants must also provide proof of income by the deadline date of January 12th, 2023.  
  • Applications can be found on our website,, and can be filled out online or printed out and mailed.  You may also request a hard copy of the application by emailing OR calling 201-876-0102.   All applications received prior to the 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.
  • The lottery drawing will take place at 1460 Garden Street. Due to the possibility of health concerns, as the date nears, we will post on our website if the lottery will be in person or on zoom. 
  • Kindergarten students must turn 5 years old by Oct.1, 2023 to be eligible for entry, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:38-5.
  • Lottery Notification:  After the lottery on Jan. 25th, the results will be posted on our website, using your assigned number.  Once you submit your application, a number will be assigned to you on the receipt.  You will also receive an additional confirmation email (see below).
  •  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 re-enter 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 is correct about your child’s requested grade and residency in the email. If there are any errors, please contact  immediately.  Changes or corrections must be submitted to the enrollment coordinator by the application submission deadline of January 12th, 2023 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 into 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 need to provide proof of the assistance to the Enrollment Coordinator prior to the lottery application deadline date – January 12th, 2023 by 5:00 pm. All proof is confidential and can be emailed to Susan Gilbertson at:

Open Houses 

 We hope to bring back our Open Houses in person this year!  Please check our website to confirm dates.


Open House Dates for 2023-2024-(In-person!)  No RSVP necessary


  • Friday, November 4, 2022 – 8:45 am
  • Monday, November 14, 2022 – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 7, 2023 – 10:00 am