Will my child get into PACE?

Like most Charter Schools, PACE Academy has a limit to how many students can be admitted. Each grade level at PACE Academy only has 32 available spots. If PACE receives 32 or fewer applications for a specific grade, all students will be admitted. However, if more than 32 students apply for a specific grade, a weighted lottery will occur.

PACE Academy will open its annual lottery every year on February 1st. It will close on the last day of February, and the drawing will occur approximately 2 weeks after the closing date.


FEB 1ST, 2024

Weighted Lottery Process

During the Charter application process, PACE Academy defined several criteria to ensure that we can fulfill our mission to serve students with dyslexia, Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) in reading or other documented reading difficulties. To meet this goaur Board of Directors established three priorities that can add weight to a student’s individual lottery application: No Priority, Single Priority, and Double Priority.

Child does not have a diagnosis or dyslexia/Specific Learning Disability in reading. Child may have other diagnoses such as: ADHD, autism, speech delay, etc. Child may not have any educational issues.

If your child has a diagnosis other than dyslexia or Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in reading, or does not have any educational issues at all, your child may enroll in PACE as long as no other students with reading struggles are on the waiting list for the school.

Our charter application was written to ensure that children with a primary educational issue of dyslexia or reading struggles would have first priority for the school.

Child has a diagnosis of dyslexia or Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in reading or has proof of reading struggles as the primary concern.

If your child’s name is selected for the lottery, you will have 2 weeks to provide proof of the following:

  • Diagnosis of dyslexia by a licensed psychologist.
  • IEP with Specific Learning Disability in Reading
  • 504 with accommodations for reading struggles
  • RTI/MTSS documentation for reading struggles
  • Screener documenting characteristics of dyslexia (may be done by PACE if requested and completed prior to 2-week deadline).
A child will have double priority if he/she meets the requirements for Single Priority category AND one of the following:

  • A sibling enrolled in the school (must share 1 common parent by birth or legal adoption)
  • A parent employed by the school
  • A parent on the Charter Planning Committee

If a child has double priority, he/she will automatically be enrolled in PACE Academy.

Documentation of diagnosis of dyslexia or SLD in reading must be provided within 2 weeks of the lottery drawing, or the student will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.  

Enrollment Steps

Interested in Joining PACE Academy in the 24-25 School Year?