Online zone exemption & lottery system

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The final lottery has taken place for the 2017-2018 school year.  

If you would like to request a zone exception to a school outside of your attendance area, please contact that school for information. Some schools do not have waitlists and seats may be available.  

The system will reopen in January 2018 for applications for the 2018-2019 school year.

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.


‌Learn more

Read through the following pages to learn more about zone exemptions and the step-by-step lottery process. Many frequently asked questions have been addressed on our FAQ page.


How to use the online system

Online lottery video

Online lottery parent video

This video explains the online lottery application process for both ASD parents and new-to-ASD parents


Help for the online system



Special education

Apple 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.

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