Schools of Choice
General Application Process
The application period for Schools of Choice starts immediately after Winter Break through January for enrollment for the following school year (i.e. apply in January for a space the next fall). Applications are available online. If you need assistance filling out the online application, please visit your school's office.
Applications are completed and submitted entirely online for all Schools of Choice. Please check the most current applications for specific due dates and other important details. Online applications must be completed by the due date in order to be considered on time. Idaho Fine Arts Academy is filled via audition.
If more students apply than seats are available at any School of Choice in any grade level, then students will be selected by random lottery. All schools, with the exception of Idaho Fine Arts Academy, will have a lottery time scheduled. The order in which lotteries are drawn is randomly selected and changes yearly. Applicants should be aware they can only be drawn for one lottery. Once an applicant is drawn in a lottery, they are removed from any subsequent lotteries. Applicants will be notified by email of the results of the lottery in mid-to-late February.
Enrolling in School
If a student’s name is drawn during the lottery for admittance into the school, they are asked to submit notice they have accepted or declined their position at the school within a given time frame. If the student accepts their position at the school, they then enroll at the school. If a student declines or does not accept their position within the given time frame, they no longer have a place reserved for them at that School of Choice. Students declining their position at the School of Choice would then enroll at the school in their primary attendance boundary.
Shuttle bus transportation is provided for students residing in the primary attendance area. Students are picked up on the bus route that transports them to what would be their regular school. From there, students ride a shuttle bus to their school of choice.
A student’s traditional school attendance boundary is separate and apart from their School of Choice boundary. Each School of Choice has a primary boundary, and some have secondary boundaries, from which students are given preference in the lottery over those outside of their boundary borders. In-district applications are always considered before out-of-district applications in the lottery process.
Late applications are those submitted any time outside of the general application window. Late applications are considered after all on-time applications in the order they are received regardless of in-district boundary or sibling status. Out-of-district late applications are considered after all in-district late applications.
School Lottery Draw Protocol
2021-2022 School Year Lottery Draw Protocol
Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the number of people who can physically attend the meeting is limited. Stage 3 order restricts gatherings to be limited to 50 or fewer people.
The lottery draw will take place in the Sawtooth room of the West Ada District Service Center, located at 1303 E. Central Dr., Meridian, ID, 83646.
If you choose to attend the lottery draw, please follow this process:
- Enter in the main lobby.
- Follow the check-in process with the front desk receptionist.
- Wait for a staff member to escort you upstairs to the designated seating area.
Only parents or legal guardians will be provided with a student's lottery draw number.
Credentials will be checked.
2021-2022 School Year Lottery Draw Schedule
(see the calendar at the bottom of this page for specific start times)
- Renaissance High February 3
- Spalding STEM Academy February 4
- Galileo STEM Academy February 5
- Barbara Morgan STEM Academy February 8
- Summerwind STEM Academy February 9
- Christine Donnell School of the Arts February 10
- Chief Joseph School of the Arts February 11
- Pioneer School of the Arts February 16.
2021-2022 School Year Lottery Result Notification Letters
These letters will be sent to the email addresses provided on the submitted applications. This letter will have the results of the school lottery draw and if the student is offered placement, to be put on the waitlist, or to be placed on the on-time pool list.
- Renaissance High letter will be sent out within a week of the lottery draw.
- The Art and STEM school letter will be sent out the last week in February.
- Idaho Fine Arts Academy will be sent out within a week after the auditions take place.
Please check your email inboxes, spam, or junk mail for these letters.
- Enter in the main lobby.
Calendar Color Definitions
- Events for all schools are Green
- School of Choice timeline events are Black
- School tours and information sessions are Gray