Zone Exemptions & Lottery
Online zone exemption & lottery system
Applications submitted from 9/1/15 through 12/18/15 will not lotter. Students requesting zone exemptions during this time should contact the school of choice for directions.
In order to participate in a school or program outside of your child's neighborhood school, an application must be submitted. ASD's online system allows parents to easily apply to the desired school or program. If your child is currently attending a school/program as a result of a lottery or zone exemption placement, a new application is not necessary for that school each year. Your child may continue attending until aging out of the school/program.
The online system streamlines the zone exemption and lottery processes into one single process. It provides a consistent and equal opportunity for students who request participation in an alternative school or program (lottery) or school outside their boundary area (zone exemption).
Parents log into the system where they can apply to multiple schools or programs for each school-age child and check the status of each application. Once the lottery has been run, the wait list number or acceptance into the school or program is also listed for each application. Parents are notified by email of changes to the application status as well as acceptance into the school or program. The system is accessible from both traditional laptop and desktop computers or mobile devices to apply, check status and confirm or decline positions.
The system is easy to use and delivers a fair, transparent and centralized solution. It produces randomly selected student lists that have been organized and ranked according to the district's lottery policy. No student shall be denied participation because of a learning disability, handicapping condition or special need. Lottery procedures are determined by school board policy 322.3.
Lotteries are held two times each year: during the last weeks of March and the week prior to registration in the fall.
How to use the online system
- Have a Zangle account?
Parents who have children enrolled in or attending an ASD school must log in to the online system using their Zangle PIN and password. If unsure of your Zangle PIN and password, contact your child's school for assistance. Parents can also access the system directly from Zangle ParentConnect by clicking on the "Lottery/Zone Exempt" link at the top of the page.
- New to the Anchorage School District?
Parents who are new to the Anchorage School District can create an email account in the online system at http://lotapp.asdk12.org/apply. Once an account has been established, parents can apply to whichever school or program suits their children's needs.
- Previously submitted a paper application?
Parents who submitted an application in the past for a particular program are NOT required to resubmit if the application is still active. Contact the school or program and if the application is still active, request that the front office staff connect the application to your online account (an email account must be provided). If the application has expired (there is a one-year limit due to inactivity), resubmit the application for the intended school year (current year for zone exemptions, future year for lottery applications).
Help for the online system
- Frequently asked questions
- Step-by-step lottery process
- Parent video: walk-through of application process
- Additional video demonstrations
- About the Smart Choice lottery system
Special education services are available to all students attending alternative, optional and charter schools of the district; however, not all resources and services available in neighborhood schools are necessarily available in each alternative or charter school.
Key dates for spring 2016 lottery:
- January 1, 2016 - Lottery system will begin accepting applications for the 2016/2017 lottery.
- March 24, 2016, 5 p.m. – Application deadline for lottery.
- March 25, 2016 – Date of lottery.
- March 28 - April 1, 2016 – Schools validate accepted and wait lists.
- April 1, 2016 – Parent notification of lottery results. Both accepted and wait-listed families will be notified. Parents will have 2 school days (48 hours) after notification to accept or decline results of lottery.
- April 1, 2016 - Lottery system will reopen for applications for the 2016/2017 lottery.