Elementary Choice Program Lottery

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Thank you for your interest in our Olympia School District elementary choice programs: ORLA Montessori, Lincoln Options, and HAP at Hansen. This document includes important information about the lottery for enrollment in these programs.

Lottery Process for Enrollment

Parents/guardians will fill in an application for each program they are interested in. All choice school lottery processes will be conducted at each school by office staff. Lottery numbers will be assigned using a random number generator and families will be assigned a unique lottery number. The children of full-time district employees who reside in or outside of the district boundary are eligible for enrollment per RCW 28A.225.225 and therefore eligible for the choice school lottery.

Please plan to attend an information meeting at the school to learn more about the program and to pick up an application. If you cannot attend an information meeting, we require that you contact the school principal. The dates for these meetings are available at each school or on their website.

Note that students in the Lincoln geographic attendance area do not need to go through the lottery process for Lincoln as this school serves service area students first.

  • Children must be 5 years of age by August 31, 2022 to participate in the lottery for kindergarten.

  • Families must provide proof of residency attached to the application form (signed lease or utility bill).

  • Once a child is accepted in the program, there is no need to apply each year.

  • Only one lottery application form is needed for each family for each program.

  • If there are openings at other grade levels for other siblings, the school office professional will contact you.

  • A waitlist will be created at the school and openings will be offered if additional spots become available. The waitlist will be in place through the 2022-23 school year only.


The Choice Program Lottery Pool Numbers Will Be Assigned in the Order Outlined Below


  • Students of full-time classified and certified school employees at the choice school;

  • Siblings of within-district students at the choice school for the upcoming year; and

  • Within-district students.

  • By law, we only offer seats to out-of-district students if seats are not filled by within-district students. This does not take place until the fall.

Please complete and return the Choice Program Lottery Application to the school’s main office, by Friday, March 25, 2022. Families will be notified by the school office prior to April 15, 2022, if their child is accepted.

If you are offered an enrollment spot, please respond to the offer by April 22, 2022. If you do not respond by April 26, the seat will be offered to another student. When you accept the enrollment spot, you will be given specific instructions on how to register your child for the 2022-23 school year.