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/New this year*       When you apply an application ID number will be issued for use in the lottery.   Please retain this number for reference to your placement on the Elysian waitlist.

The lottery for the 2022-2023 school year will be held on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 at 1:00 pm at 1460 Garden Street, Hoboken.

Lottery Procedure

  • All families MUST submit an online lottery application form to be included in the lottery by the deadline of 5 PM on Thursday, January 6th, 2022. Online applications can be found on our website, This year, Elysian will use an ID number which will be issued immediately after submission on the application receipt.   Please retain this number for your records as it will be used to identify your child’s place on the waitlist.
  • Applications are available at the school upon request. Families who are applying for more than one child must enter an application for each child for their respective grade.

Confirmation of Application

  • Once the application is received and reviewed by the school office, you will be sent a follow up confirmation emailThis confirms that your application has been received.  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 at by the application submission deadline of January 6th, 2022 by 5:00 pm. 

Lottery Results

  • Lottery results will be posted publicly on our website. The lottery will be held online on Jan. 12th,
  •  Applicant’s whose names have been selected during the lottery for the available openings in each respective grade, will be notified within 4 days.
  • Once you have been notified of an opening in our school, you have 48 hours to accept or decline the 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.
  • The lottery and waitlist remains “in effect or active” from the end of the school year until the last day of the following academic school year. The wait list will only be used for the school year drawn; any applicant who is on the list and not accepted, must reapply and reenter the lottery for the following school year.

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 House Information:

Information regarding visiting an open house will be posted on the school website.