Enrollment & lottery faQ

Lottery Process

  • A lottery will be held after the Open Enrollment period. Families will be notified via email or phone of their child’s acceptance into Pinecrest Academy of Nevada through the computerized lottery program. Families accepted will be notified via email of the next steps in the registration process and timeline to complete registration.

  • The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Federal statutes that prohibit discrimination in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the Department of Education (ED). Pinecrest Academy is committed to providing an equal opportunity education to all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability or any other protected status in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws. 

What is a lottery?

  • Since the number of applicants exceeds the established ceiling, students are selected by a random lottery. A numbered waitlist will be established for all applicants that apply during the Open Enrollment period. All applicants that apply after the Open Enrollment period will remain in a general application pool and be eligible for future lottery selections held for that academic year. Waitlist numbers will not be assigned to general application pool student unless an additional lottery is required. Future lotteries will not take place until all established waitlist students that applied during the Open Enrollment period have received an offer of acceptance. 

How do I apply?

  • To be considered for any current or future enrollment opportunities, place your student’s name in the applicant pool by going to Enrollment on school webpage. Click on “Apply”. Only the legal parent/guardian of each student on the application may apply for that student. All students in a family should apply on one application. This allows the system to identify siblings of registered students and give priority for future openings to the siblings of these students.  When you apply at Pinecrest Academy website, your application is submitted for that campus only. Each campus runs its own lottery. It is required for you to submit an application to each campus to be considered for that campus lottery. 

  • *Completion and submission of an enrollment application does not guarantee admission to, or constitute acceptance to, Pinecrest Academy.

What are the chances of my student being selected?

  • Enrollment opportunities vary by grade. There is no way to predict when or if your student will be selected by the lottery. We encourage all interested families to apply for enrollment. You will be contacted using the contact information on your application if your student has been selected. 

  • It is very important to keep this information current. It is the parent/guardians responsibility to login to your application and update any contact or student information on your application.

What is the lottery selection format?

Open Enrollment closes at 11:59 pm on the date posted on the website.

Lottery takes place the day after the close of Open Enrollment.  Parents are notified of their student’s acceptance by email.  Please make sure you are able to receive school email and check your spam folder once the lottery runs.  Pinecrest Academy is not responsible for parents not receiving notification should the student acceptance go to your spam file.

Those students who have applied during the Open Enrollment period but did not receive acceptance will be lotterized and given an assigned waitlist number. You will be notified by email of your student’s placement on this waitlist three (3) weeks after the initial lottery selection.

All future grade openings will be selected from this numbered waitlist. 

Should openings occur after the initial waitlist has been exhausted, a new lottery to fill those additional grade openings will take place.

 It is very important that you keep all information on your application current as most of our communication will be sent by email.

How will I be contacted once my Student is accepted and what is the timeline for completing required documents for registration?

Upon completion of the initial lottery, all applicants will be notified whether or not they have been accepted by email, phone or both. Parents /guardians have 72 hours to complete all required registration documents. If all documents are not submitted by the stated deadline in the acceptance email, your students spot will be returned to the lottery at the end of the 72 hour deadline.

Once school is in session, there will be a 24 hour deadline to complete student registration.  Every effort will be made to contact the parent within this 24 hour deadline.

I missed the open enrollment deadline. Can I still apply?

Yes.  After the first lottery round selection you can apply and be placed in our general application pool for any future lottery selections. 

How do I check the status of my application?

To check the status of your application: Visit Pinecrest Academy website, click on apply. Enter email and select check application status then click continue.  You  will be emailed a link that can be used to check application status.

How do I change information or add a sibling to current application?

To change the information on an application: Visit Pinecrest Academy website, click on apply.  Enter email then select add a sibling or edit/update application. An email will be sent to you with a link to edit your current application. . Do not submit a new application for each student in your family. All students in the same family need to be on one application.

What do the following terms mean when I check my students status?

Definitions of status are as follows:



   Not yet accepted into Pinecrest Academy through the random lottery process.



   Accepted into Pinecrest Academy, but registration paperwork is not complete.



   A transfer or returning student.



   Accepted and completed registration paperwork.



   Accepted into Pinecrest Academy and you did not complete registration        paperwork before the deadline or, changed your mind about wanting to be considered for Pinecrest Academy.

How old must my child be to attend school?

State law requires that a student entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 30th. A first-grader must be 6 years old by September 30th. There is no testing for early admission; no exceptions—NRS 392.040 (2)(5).

Is there an age waiver for students from other states?

A child who becomes a resident of this state after completing kindergarten or beginning first grade in another state in accordance with the laws of that state may be admitted to the grade he/she was attending or would be attending had he/she remained a resident of the other state regardless of his/her age, unless it is determined by Pinecrest Academy Board that the requirements of this section are being deliberately circumvented— NRS 392.040

Is there a fee for full-day Kindergarten?


Why does the application ask for my child’s current school?

This information is to assist our office staff in transferring records, should your child be drawn. Transfer of record requests will not happen until you have completed your registration documents.

My student has been expelled from Their previous school.  What must take place prior to my student attending your school?

In accordance to NRS 392.4675, if your child has been expelled from school the Parent and student must meet with the Principal prior to completing Registration.  Please bring your student records for suspension or expulsion to this meeting. After such meeting, it will be determined if your student is eligible for attendance.

What steps do I take if my student has an Individualized Education Plan?

Pinecrest Academy does not deny enrollment based on disability. As part of the registration process, please submit the following special education paperwork found in your child’s confidential folder at their school. 


  • Consent for Placement 

  • Multidisciplinary Team Meeting Report (current) 

  • Speech and Occupational Therapy Annual Reports (if your child has related services) 

  • Eligibility Form 

  • Current Annual IEP and any Revisions to that IEP

  • Current Behavior Intervention Plan


Please scan and email Special Education Documents to:

Dr. Rebecca Norton at rebecca.norton@sessnv.com.


The special education paperwork will be reviewed by Dr. Rebecca Norton, Special Education Facilitator who oversees Caseload Management. If clarification is needed regarding services, you will be contacted by Dr. Rebecca Norton. Special education services cannot be provided without a copy of the IEP.  


If you are enrolling in a charter school in Las Vegas, documents can be taken to the charter school you where you are enrolling or dropped off at Academica Nevada 6630 Surrey, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119. 


On the IEP, please include the name of the charter school where you are enrolling and ATTENTION: Registrar.