How To Enroll

Enrollment for fall is open!

 Applications for the 2024–2025 school year are now being accepted from families that didn’t apply during the lottery window. Seats are limited.

For the upcoming school year, North Carolina Virtual Academy has an enrollment cap set by the state. Seats will be selected by lottery from the applications submitted between February 21, 2024, and April 5, 2024. Applicants not selected in the lottery or who submitted a post-lottery application will be placed on our waitlist. Seat offers will be extended throughout the school year as space becomes available.

If you would like to submit a post-lottery application for the 2024–2025 school year, follow the steps below.

Please note that due to our enrollment capacity, your student may remain waitlisted. We recommend having another educational plan in place for your student until a seat is offered to you.

Eligibility Requirements

While attending NCVA, you must maintain a full-time North Carolina residency.

Students must be in the appropriate cohort year for the school year 2024–2025 for 12th grade or below.

Kindergarten students must be age 5 by August 31, 2024.


NCVA holds a randomized enrollment lottery every year using Scribbles lottery software to fill the available seats fairly and equitably. The lottery determines which new students will receive a seat offer, which will receive a position on the waitlist, and the waitlist order for the next school year. Students of NCVA staff; students who are the sibling of a currently enrolled NCVA student; and students of a multiple birth group, such as twins, triplets, etc., are eligible to receive preference. Our lottery is publicly undertaken and may be attended by anyone who registers.

Families who wish to enroll their children for the upcoming school year have the earliest opportunity to do so by submitting a lottery application. Parents/ guardians submit ONE lottery application for their student, and the student is then placed into the lottery for the grade level they will enter for the 2024–2025 school year (not their current grade level!).

NOTE: The Lottery application is not an official enrollment application. Parents/guardians will need to submit the student’s enrollment application after the lottery is held. They will receive explicit instructions and deadlines in due time.

Families who applied during the lottery window will be notified by email of their status following the lottery drawing on April 11. This email explains the next steps to enroll, including creating a parent portal account. After the lottery, families can log in to their account on the lottery website and see their application status and results.

If you do not receive an email from the school within 1 to 2 days after the posted lottery date, please check your spam/junk folder. After confirming the email has yet to be received, contact the school to inquire.

Thank you for your interest in North Carolina Virtual Academy!

We look forward to welcoming your family into our school community.