Admission Procedures

Admission to HSA Southwest Chicago is a three-step process.

1-     Application

2-     Lottery

3-     Enrollment

1- Application:

Each student/family who wants to attend HSA Southwest Chicago must submit an application by the deadline below. The application will be fairly simple, requesting basic biographical information (name, age, etc.), contact information, and other important facts (e.g., school currently attended).

Families can apply online or download the application form, fill it out and send it to us/drop it off.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 6, 2014


2- Lottery:

Time and Place

The enrollment lottery for the 2017-2018 academic year will be held on March 9, 2018, at 3:30 PM in the school cafeteria, which is located at 5401 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609.

Transparency and Equal Opportunity

The lottery process will be videotaped in a time-stamped fashion. Moreover, any parent who wishes to observe the enrollment lottery is welcome to attend. Horizon Science Academy Southwest does not require any information other than grade level and contact information for participation in the lottery.

Application to Lottery

All applications will be completed through the school website which requires nothing more than basic contact information about the student and the parent(s), grade level, and whether the student is currently under expulsion or not. If a parent does not have access to a computer at home, the parent will be allowed to use a computer at school for the application process. The deadline for applications is March 5, 2018.  A copy of the application form is included in the plan.

Method for Conducting Lottery

  • Prepare 2” by 3” tickets for each applicant indicating the name of the applicant and the grade level.
  • Read each applicants name aloud and show the ticket to the audience and the camera.
  • Fold the ticket twice and place it in a translucent bin.
  • Cover the bin with a lid and shake it for 15 seconds.
  • Draw one ticket at a time and read the name on the ticket aloud as well as the numerical placement in the lottery.
  • Show the ticket to the audience and the camera.
  • Repeat until all tickets are exhausted.

Repeat the above process for each grade level

3- Enrollment:

Notification of Parents

The results of the enrollment lottery will be posted on the school website within three days and parents will be sent a notification letter within one week of the lottery date.

Enrollment and Registration Policies

Horizon Science Academy Southwest does not conduct any intake activities as a condition of enrollment. Any applicant, who is accepted as a result of the enrollment lottery, may enroll by completing the necessary paperwork within three weeks. Should the parent express disinterest or fail to complete the enrollment process within that time frame, the spot will be offered to the next student on the waitlist.

Notification of the Authorizer

The results of the enrollment lottery as well as a copy of the videotape will be transmitted to the authorizer within ten days of the lottery. Should the authorizer wish to send a designee to observe the lottery process, the designee is welcome to attend.

Waitlist Submissions to the Authorizer

A copy of the waitlist for admission will be sent to the authorizer on a quarterly basis at the time of submission of quarterly financial statements. The waitlist will indicate which students were removed from the waitlist and the reasons for removal.

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