Charter school fills open slots with lottery



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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Nearly 500 slots have been filled at the new Willow Charter Academy, scheduled to open in August.

Officials from National Heritage Academies, the charter school's management company, hosted an open lottery Thursday to determine which children would be accepted. The lottery was necessary because the school received 538 applications for the 492 available slots.

Amy Johnson, a National Heritage Academies registrar, tells The Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1qEZ3rj ) those who did not receive slots were placed on a waiting list.

Fewer than 20 parents made it to the Clifton Chenier Center Thursday for the lottery. Several of those in attendance expressed relief when they saw their children's names appear on a large screen as the electronic lottery took place.

"We're excited," said Teresa Robertson, whose daughter and two sons received spots in second, third and fourth grades respectively.

Robertson said she applied her children to the charter school hoping for smaller class sizes and more emphasis on character development, in addition to academics.

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