FAQ

 

How does the admission process work?


As a public charter school, we are required to conduct an admissions lottery annually for any opening in every grade.  Once admitted, the student may attend through the 12th grade without further application.  


What criteria/qualifications do students need to meet in order to be given a spot at Woods?


There are no requirements other than to reside in NC at the time of application.  For kindergarten, you must turn 5 on or before August 31st.


When can I apply?


The admission application is online from October 15th to January 15th every year, with the lottery being held the beginning of February.  This lottery creates the wait list for the following school year.  As openings arise, we use the yearly created lottery wait list to fill those openings.


I just missed the January 15th deadline...what can I do?  Is there any chance that you will accept a late application?


We cannot accept any late applications.  However, on February 1st, we will put the High School ONLY Application back online.  Applicants will then be added to the end of each grades’ wait list in the order in which they are received.

How Long is the wait list?


For the 2015/2016 school year, we had just over 1500 on the wait list for all grades.


Can I tour the school?

School tours are conducted between October and January.  Every Fall, you can go online and sign up for a tour that best fits your schedule.

I currently live in another state but plan to move to NC this summer.  Can I apply?  


You must be a resident of NC at the time of application.  If you move during the summer, you will need to find another school for your child and apply for the following school year.


When will I hear where I am on the wait list?


After the lottery is conducted, the results will be posted on our website using the personal identifier number created on the application.  Each applicant will receive an email with notification that the results have been posted.


How many students are at Woods?

Elementary (Kindergarten through 4th grade) has two class of 16 students in each class per grade.  Middle school has two classes of 20 students in each class per grade.   High School class size varies depending on type of class offered, still keeping the low class size in accordance with our educational philosophy.  Each high school grade has 46 students.  We average 500 students in all.

Does Woods provide bus services?


Charter schools receive little or no state or federal assistance to provide school transportation to students.  However, we have determined that school transportation is an essential service the school should offer.  Woods currently has three bus routes which go through Orange and Chatham Counties.  We do not offer door-to-door bus service, but instead pick up and drop off at safer, off-road locations such as Food Lion parking lots, where multiple children can board the bus.  In 2009, Woods implemented the Fair Share Program by which we ask that bus riding families share in the cost of providing this service.  The voluntary contribution amount is currently $2.00/ride.  Please select the Woods Transportation Link for more complete information about our Program.