Lottery Notification Process and Timeline

  • Magnet CTE Pathways

    2023 Lottery Notification Process and Timeline

      • Lottery Application Period (for 2023-2024 School-Year):  Monday, January 9th (12 am) through Friday, February 3rd (5 pm)

      • The parent or legal guardian/custodian must have a valid email address or phone number to create an online account, submit an application, and receive application updates in the application portal:  SmartChoice Application Account at

      • Application access and assistance:
        • Use a SmartPhone, Tablet, or Computer (may be accessed at the Public Library) to access the SmartChoice Application site at
        • For assistance, schedule an appointment by calling
          • English:  919-560-2059
          • Spanish:  919-560-2510
      • Lottery Notification Results Posted:  Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - Lottery notification results will be e-mailed and posted on the Parent Dashboard of the parent/guardian SmartChoice Application Account at

      • Deadline to Accept Assigned Lottery Seats:  TBA – Parent/Guardian must accept the lottery seat by this deadline.  Lottery assignments not accepted by this deadline will be automatically marked as a declined seat. If an applicant accepts a lottery assignment, his/her name will be removed from all other lottery application waitlist(s). Declined seats are final and cannot be reclaimed.

      • Assigned Applicants – Applicants who are offered a magnet or CTE Pathway lottery seat may decline their assignment and remain wait-listed for a possible later assignment to another school/program/pathway applied for.

      • Waitlisted Applicants – If seats become available, applicants who are waitlisted will be assigned in the numbered order in which they are waitlisted. This process begins every two weeks from March 1st – June 30th for calendar magnet schools, and March 1st - July 31st for program magnet schools and CTE Pathways.

      • Exceptional Children’s Programs (ECP) -  Please note:  ECP may override lottery assignments for students whose IEP teams indicate the need for a separate/self-contained placement.