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Enrollment Process
1. Lottery: Students already attending Terra Academy do not have to enter into lottery again. Siblings still on the current waiting list do need to be entered again. Enter student in the online lottery during the designated time of lottery. Any open seats will be filled with those students on the lottery waiting list.

If there are open seats without a waiting list, please contact the school directly to enroll. (ie: 12th grade seats often have openings)

2. Lottery and Acceptance: Wait for an email of acceptance after the lottery is conducted. (Usually within a week of the lottery drawing)

3. Return email indicating your student would like to accept the seat. (info@theterraacademy.org)

Detailed Lottery Description

6 months ago

Lottery Policy for Terra Academy

Federal and State laws prohibit the selection process from discriminating against anyone regarding religion, gender, race, national origin, color, disability or age. This policy is in compliance with current Utah State Code and Rule.


Opening Year Lottery

Terra Academy will conduct an open enrollment period from January 1 through March 1, during which the school will conduct extensive advertising of the school. Families will be able to attend an open house in order to better understand the mission, expectations and programs of the school. Enrollment for the lottery will be done electronically through the school’s website.  A lottery open to the public will be held mid-March, as determined by school administration.  The lottery procedure will be as follows:

  1. Each student applying will receive a number through a random lottery.
  2. Grades will be filled beginning with twelfth grade and working down.
  3. Siblings automatically gain admittance once one member of the family is selected in the opening  year lottery, unless there is no room in the specified grade.
  4. Siblings who are not selected through the lottery will be placed on the sibling priority list. These  students will be the first contacted when seats in corresponding grades become available.
  5. The sibling priority list will be compiled based on original lottery number.

General Lottery Procedure

Terra Academy will conduct an open enrollment period annually from October 15 through March 1, during which time advertising of the school will occur within the community. Families will be able to attend an open house in order to better understand the mission, expectations and programs of the school, and enrollment for the lottery will be done electronically through the school’s website.  The lottery process will be complete by mid-June, as determined by school administration.  The lottery procedure will be as follows:

  1. Under Utah code 53A-1a-506(2)(b)(i and ii) returning students and siblings of returning students will be given preferential enrollment on a space available basis.
  2. Any siblings not given preferential enrollment due to space unavailability will be placed at the top of the wait list.
  3. If there are additional seats available and more students applying than available seats, a lottery will be held.
  4. Each student applying will receive a number through a random lottery.
  5. Available seats will be filled starting with twelfth grade and working down through kindergarten.
  6. Siblings of students selected in the general lottery will be granted sibling preference in compliance with Utah Code 53A-1a-506(2)(b)(i and ii) or placed on the sibling priority list.  Students who gain enrollment via sibling preference will maintain such preference as long as the originally selected sibling remains enrolled at the school.
  7. The sibling priority list will be compiled based on original lottery number.
  8. Students not selected in the lottery or on the sibling preference list will be placed on the waiting list after sibling preferences in order of lottery selection number.
  9. Enrollment Preference

In compliance with Utah Code 53A-1a-506(2)(b)(i and ii) the following categories of prospective students receive enrollment preference, not to exceed five percent of maximum enrollment which only applies to students of founders and children of teachers/staff:

  1. Students of Founding Members.  Founding Members are defined as those who have actively participated in the development of the school as determined by the founding board.
  2. Students enrolled the previous year.
  3. Siblings of students currently enrolled.
  4. Children of full-time teachers and other staff as allowed by law.

Exceptions to Enrollment Preference

Terra Academy recognizes that it is not in the best interest of a child to be moved from school to school. Unnecessary change can cause lack of continuity in curriculum and can hamper a feeling of community for the child and family. For that reason exceptions to the enrollment preference list are as follows:

  1. Children of founding members who leave the school will not be given priority if they return unless there are extenuating circumstances such as, but not limited to, family illness or military duty. Such situations will be reviewed by the Board of Directors on a case by case basis.
  2. Students who leave the school, and have a remaining sibling, will not be put on the sibling preference list if they wish to return. They may participate in the general lottery.

2018-2019 Lottery