Because there can be more applications to a school than openings at that school, enrollment is not guaranteed. Many charter schools have waitlists and enroll more students as additional openings become available.
Charter school waitlists cannot roll over from year to year, based on state law. Waitlists remain in place through the end of each school year. For example, if an application is submitted for the 2023-24 school year, a child’s name will be on the waitlist only until the end of this year. The following year, everyone has an equal chance when reapplying.