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Admissions Overview

Telra Institute will be opening enrollment in the first week of
February for the Fall 2023 school year


Welcome and thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Telra Institute family.  Telra is a nonprofit tuition-free public charter school authorized by the State of North Carolina. We adhere to an open admissions and enrollment policy.

Here's how the process works:


Submit an online application

(it takes just 5 minutes on your smartphone or computer)


Receive acceptance/ waitlist notification

 Applications received after the lottery are added to the wait list in the order they are received after applying any applicable admission preferences.



Complete enrollment

by submitting documents



Who can apply

Who can apply?

We invite applications from all children who meet AGE and RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS:

  • AGEA child who reaches the age of five years on or before August 31 qualifies to enter Kindergarten. Limited exceptions apply.

  • NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENCYAttendance is open to applicants from any county or school district area as long as the child's primary residence is in the state of North Carolina.

  • DOCUMENTATION - Documentation is not required at the time of application, but if your child is admitted, proof of eligibility must be provided to complete enrollment.

Should I apply

Should I apply?

We want every child to find the best school environment that helps them realize their potential.  We invite you to review Choosing A School to learn what makes Telra special.

When do I apply

When do I apply?

  • We want every child to have an equal opportunity to attend our school.  All applications received during Open Enrollment will be given equal consideration.  The order in which Open Enrollment applications are submitted has no bearing on chances for selection.

  • You can also apply after the Open Enrollment period.  However, late applications will be only be considered after the Open Enrollment applications are processed (see below).

How are stuents selected

How are students selected?

  • When the Open Enrollment period ends, we compare the number of applications we received to the number of available seats in each grade and section.

  • If more seats are available than applicants, we accept all eligible children who applied during Open Enrollment.

  • If we have fewer seats available than applicants, a computerized lottery will take place to determine which students get a seat and which students are placed on the waiting list. We anticipate administering the lottery during the week of March 14. Watch a recording of the Lottery Livecast here.

  • Admissions preferences can provide an advantage in the lottery.  We urge parents to review them and learn if any apply to your child.  The application form will give you the opportunity to claim any relevant admission preferences.

  • Children who apply after Open Enrollment closes are processed in the order their applications are received and placed on the appropriate list - admitted or waitlist.

  • If your child is on the waitlist, don’t be discouraged!  Seats will open up throughout the spring and summer.  We will send you updates as the waitlist moves and continue to send you school information.

  • Note that admissions preferences also apply to applicants on the waitlist. If you discover, after you have been waitlisted, that one of the admissions preferences apply to your child, you can update your application and improve your chances of selection.

Who runs the lottery

How does the lottery work?

  • Telra Institute uses a third-party system, Lotterease, to run our enrollment lottery for transparency and fairness.  Since Lotterease is an independent system, the school staff do not have the ability to manipulate or adjust the lottery outcome.  In addition, all activity that takes place with your application is tracked in a history log that you can view at any time by logging in.

  • The lottery orders applicants randomly and provides an equal chance of selection to everyone who applies during the Open Enrollment period. We cannot predict the likelihood of admission for students, however, as an expanding school, we will have more open seats for 2022-2023 than we may ever have again, so the time is right to apply.

  • Admissions preferences are an exception to the random lot assignment. Many families may qualify for one or more admission preferences, so it is important to review them closely and see if any may apply to your child in order to maximize your chances of admission.

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How do I apply

How do I apply? (Note - the Lottery is closed for the current school year)

Whats Next

What's next if my child is admitted?

  • You will receive an email notifying you that your child has been admitted and how you can respond to accept or decline the offer.  You will have up to 15 days to respond, but we request that you be prompt, as your decision impacts other families. (See below for exceptions from this timeline.)

  • If you accept, you will receive an email explaining how to proceed to enroll your child and explaining the documentation requirements.  You will have up to 30 days to provide the requested documents and complete the enrollment forms. (See below for exceptions from this timeline.)

    • After you submit your enrollment forms, they will undergo a validation process that can take up to a week​. You may be contacted if a form was incorrectly completed or an uploaded document is not valid or legible.

    • When validation is complete, you will receive an email from our Principal welcoming you to Telra. If you haven't received this email after a week, be sure to check your spam folder before reaching out to inquire.


  • Any admissions from the waitlist more than 30 days after the date of the lottery may have shortened timelines for response.

What about future years

What about future years?

Once enrolled, a student does not need to submit another application to continue attending Telra Institute in subsequent years.

Doc Reqs

What are the documentation requirements?

Parents or guardians will be required to submit certain documentation to complete enrollment.  This will include:

  • Identification

    • Copy of child's birth certificate or other proof of age and legal name

  • North Carolina residency - Acceptable proof of residency documents must include the parent or guardian's name. Any of the following documents may be used:

    • A utility bill dated within the past 60 days, such as gas, water, electric, telephone, or cable

    • A financial statement dated within the past 60 days such as payroll stub, bank statement, or credit card statement

    • Current vehicle registration

    • Dated within the past year:  Vehicle Tax Bill, Property Tax Bill, W-2, or Medicaid Card

    • Copy of residential deed or record of most recent residential mortgage statement

    • Notarized Residency Affidavit

    • Residential lease

    • HUD closing statement

    • Letter from approved agency or group home

    • Refugee resettlement letter

    • Exceptions to the proof of residency requirement apply for a child whose parent or legal guardian is on active military duty and is transferred or pending transfer pursuant to an official military order.  Please contact Telra if you think this may apply to you.

  • Immunization

    • North Carolina law requires all children in the state to receive certain immunizations as listed here.


  • Telra Institute complies with the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act.

  • Children experiencing homelessness may enroll, even if lacking normally required documents.  Please contact Telra if you think this may apply to you or reach out to Lisa Notini at 828.287.7897.  

  • Additional resources are available here:

no admissions screening

Why doesn't Telra have an admissions screening?

We know many other schools (charters, privates, and district magnets) screen applicants based on standardized tests, portfolio reviews, auditions, etc.  These processes often include cognitive aptitude tests to identify "giftedness", but those can be unreliable for preschool-aged children. Since many of our applicants are only 4 years old, such an exam would be of limited use for us.


Moreover, the advanced learning curriculum we offer works fabulously well for many gifted students, but not all of them. At the same time there are other students who have the passion and drive to thrive at Telra (and in life!), but may not carry the "gifted" label. 

Instead of focusing on admissions screening and binary labels, we offer optional placement assessments that students can take if they are requesting a non-standard (above or below grade-level) placement in reading or math. These curriculum-based assessments are the same as those our enrolled students take regularly - they correlate directly with our grouping model and they inform which math/reading grades or classes a student is eligible for.


We recommend participating in the placement assessments if you believe your child needs to be placed at a math or reading level different from their nominal grade level. While the results do not affect an applicant's lottery or waitlist position, they can impact assignment because we (sequentially, in lottery order) consider each applicant against available space in each of the classes / grade levels into which that applicant is recommended for placement. This ensures each instructional group is right-sized and allows us to deliver more effective instruction in homogeneous groups.

As an example, if 2nd grade math is full, a 2nd grade applicant who placed into 2nd grade math would not be assigned, but there might be space for the 2nd grader next on the lottery list who was recommended for placement into 1st or 3rd grade math. Note: the default placement recommendation is "on grade level" for any student who does not take a placement assessment.

Backward Waitlist
Where is school

Why did my child move backward on the waitlist?

We know no one wants to see their child move to a higher number on the waitlist, but this can happen when another applicant has an admission preference applied. As much as possible, we try to identify admission preferences prior to the lottery, but sometimes these are not recognized until after the lottery is run, and sometimes families that apply after the lottery may qualify for an admission preference which can advance them on the waitlist.

Where is the school?

Please read more about Attending Telra.

Transportation Meals Uni

What about transportation, meals, uniforms, etc?​

Please read more about Attending Telra.  Our school uniform and dress code principles can be found here.

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