Hundreds of applicants for few seats in Charter Day School

Published: Feb. 17, 2015 at 9:40 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 21, 2015 at 9:41 PM EST
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Several parents waited in anticipation Tuesday morning to hear their child's name called at Charter Day School's annual enrollment lottery.

At Tuesday's event, students were randomly selected for admission. For the 2015-2016 school year, there were 272 applicants for just 106 openings.

Campus Coordinator Lisa Edwards said the community's interest in the school continues to grow.

"I think they are seeing our students success and their academic success and their character in the neighborhoods and in the community, and we feel that our record speaks for itself," Edwards explained. "We've been in existence for 15 years this year. We also were just renewed for another 10 years approved by the State Board of Education, and I think that solid heritage says something about our commitment to education and our standard for academics."

Smiling faces and some frowns filled the room as students names were called one by one. Students not selected in the lottery are placed on a wait list for their grade level.

Shirley Stefanakis and her family waited patiently for three of her children to be called. One of Stefanakis' students secured a spot while the other two were put on the wait list.

"I'm ecstatic, there's no curriculum that compares to what they're doing here so we are really thrilled for our middle-schooler and hopefully the rest can follow at some point. It's wonderful," Stefanakis beamed.

Stefanakis said she is adamant about getting all of her children into the school because unlike public schools, they take on a classical curriculum instead of common core.

"I think that they focus a lot more on building up the basics in our children, giving them a really good, strong foundation especially in mathematics, especially in a lot of things that have been lost nowadays, as far as handwriting, composition with all the texting and computers and going on," Stefanakis said.

Stefanakis said she also enjoys the curriculum's inclusion of Latin and school officials say their 27 students per class and individualized approach for each student are more reasons so many parents are interested.

Although the lottery is over with, interested parents can still apply to be on the wait list.

"Life changes and people may be relocated or they may build a house in a different area and they may call and say thank you for the spot but we've moved to Raleigh and so we are able to call people off the wait list," Stefanakis mentioned. "We tell them not to give up hope because the wait list can move and they can receive a spot."

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