Enrollment Procedures

Alma del Mar is an open enrollment, free public charter school.  Admission is based on a random, public lottery. There are no admissions tests or interviews. Alma del Mar invites all students in New Bedford to enter the lottery.  The school welcomes English Language Learners, Limited English Proficient students, and Special Education students.

The current waiting list is available online: Alma del Mar Waiting List.


What grades does Alma del Mar offer?
During the 2011-2012 school year, Alma del Mar opened its doors to 120 scholars in Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.  During the 2016-17 school year, Alma del Mar will offer Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade and seventh grade.  One additional grade will be added each year thereafter.  By the 2017-2018 school year, Alma del Mar will offer grades K-8.

How do I enroll my child at Alma del Mar?
All admissions are based on a lottery.  Every student from New Bedford who applies prior to the application deadline has an equal chance of acceptance.

Do I need to live in New Bedford for my child to be eligible?
You may apply to Alma del Mar if you live anywhere in Massachusetts.  Children who live in New Bedford will receive priority over children who do not.  Given that Alma del Mar has a long waitlist, it is unlikely that children from outside New Bedford will have the opportunity to attend Alma del Mar.

Do siblings have an advantage in the lottery process?
If you have more than one child whom you would like to enroll at Alma del Mar, you must complete a separate application for each child.  Each application will be treated independently.

Once one of your children is enrolled at Alma del Mar, your other children will receive priority over children who do not have a sibling at Alma del Mar.

May I attend the lottery?
Absolutely.  The lottery is a public event that is open to anyone who would like to attend.  The times and places of all lotteries will be posted on the website.  You do not have to be present at the lottery to be chosen for an open spot.

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