LOTTERY INFORMATION

 

Lottery Information for 2023-2024

McPherson's Virtual Lottery Orientation Will be Held on

January 24, 2023, at 9:00am

(A Link to the Virtual Lottery Orientation will be posted on January 23)

THE LOTTERY APPLICATIONS WINDOW WILL BE OPEN

 ON JANUARY 24, 2023 @ 10:00AM

ANY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED AFTER

JANUARY 26, 2023 3:30pm, WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

 

McPherson's Lottery will be run on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. You will receive an e-mail from  Lotterease by the end of the day on February 1, 2023, regarding your lottery status.

 Understanding McPherson’s General & Sibling Lottery

McPherson Magnet School, an OUSD K-8 Magnet School, is open to all OUSD resident students, including inter-district transfers for parents/guardians whose address of employment are within the OUSD boundaries. For inter-district transfers, a copy of the district release from the resident district must be emailed or given to the McPherson registrar, Angeles Valerio, prior to the lottery orientation.  Angeles Valerio can be reached at avalerio@orangeusd.org. You must apply every year for an interdistrict transfer if you live outside of OUSD boundaries and qualify for employment related transfers.

Enrollment Priority

Priority #1 - Siblings of current Kindergarten through 7th grade students and children of McPherson employees

Sibling status will be verified. In case of guardianship other than same birth parents, legal proof must be provided to our registrar, Angeles Valerio.  The Sibling and McPherson Staff Lottery application window will be open from Friday, January 13, 2023 @9:00am to Thursday, January 18. 2023 @ 3:00 pm. Sibling status will be verified prior to January 24, 2023. Siblings include brothers, sisters, step-brothers and step-sisters only.  Siblings must reside within the OUSD school boundaries. There are NO EXCEPTIONS for Sibling Status. If we are unable to verify sibling status, the application will be removed and disqualified for the 2023-2024 Lottery.

Prospective McPherson students who have siblings currently attending kindergarten through 7th grade at McPherson must submit the required application.  If a sibling application is submitted during the General Public Lottery application window, the application will run with the General Public Lottery and not given priority.

Inaccurate or incomplete information on the lottery entry submitted will result in disqualification.

Directions to create a Lotterease account is below.

Priority #2 - New students Kindergarten through 8th grade

Before the Lottery—Orientation and Information

All new parents or guardians of prospective students, entering the McPherson General Public Lottery, must view the virtual orientation.  The virtual orientation on Microsoft Teams will be streaming live on January 24, 2023, at 9:00am.  If you are unable to attend the virtual orientation at that time, a link to a recording of the orientation will be posted later that day.

Parents or court appointed guardians of prospective students entering the lottery, who have a child currently attending McPherson, do not need to attend the virtual orientation.

Inter-district transfers must submit a copy of the district release from the resident district to the McPherson registrar, Angeles Valerio, prior to the lottery orientation.

Applications will be submitted through a third-party website, Lotterease.  An account must be created for your child(ren) to apply for the McPherson Lottery. The General Public Lottery will be open for applications on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 @ 10:00am to Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 3:30pm. You MUST submit your application during this time, it is the ONLY time applications will accepted.

Only one lottery entry per each child entering the lottery is allowed.

Prospective McPherson students who have siblings currently attending kindergarten through 7th grade at McPherson must submit the required application.  If a sibling application is submitted during the general public application window, the application will run with the general public lottery and not given priority.

Inaccurate or incomplete information on the lottery entry submitted will result in disqualification.

Directions to create a Lotterease account is below.

The Lottery Drawing

Parents, please be advised McPherson Magnet School will be using a third-party system, Lotterease, to run our enrollment lottery for transparency and fairness. Since Lotterease is an independent system, the school staff does not have the ability to manipulate or adjust the lottery outcome.  In addition, all activity that takes place with your application is tracked in a history log that you can view at any time by logging into the parent portal in Lotterease.

After the application window closes and all applications have been verified, we will upload all applications into Lotterease. At that time, you will receive emails from McPherson_Magnet@lotterease.com that an account has been created for you and your child(ren) and that they were entered into the lottery. You will be able to login to your account and change the password once it is created. For future years, you can use this same account to apply for MCPHERSON MAGNET SCHOOL, so please keep your login information.

NOTE: Please be sure to add McPherson_Magnet@lotterease.com as an email contact to ensure important emails do not go to spam. MCPHERSON MAGNET SCHOOL is not responsible for emails or deadlines that are missed.

In the case of twins or multiple-birth siblings, all prospective multi-birth students will be clustered together. There is a possibility not all multiple-birth siblings will have a spot available. An applicant’s waitlisted position may be lowered in order to accommodate the multiple-birth sibling cluster(s).  Multiple-birth siblings are defined as twins, triples, quadruplets, etc.

Disclaimer for Parents:  Please be advised that if you falsify any information during registration or enrollment, your child’s application will be null and void, and admittance will be revoked.

Lottery Results

After the lottery is run, you will receive an email and a text message if your child was selected, and an email if your child was waitlisted.  If your child has been given a lottery spot, you will have 5 calendar days to accept or decline the position.  If you choose to accept, the email will explain the next steps to complete enrollment.  Should you choose to decline the spot, your name will be removed and the next person on the waitlist will be offered the seat.

How to create an account with Lotterease:

Please visit the Lotterease website to create your account:

https://app.lotterease.com/cgi-bin/sl_V2_1.pl?session_id=&user_id=&account_id=&nav=Parents

Please click on the link and follow the directions on how to create an account.

Link to: Lotterease Account SetUp.pdf

What is the Lotterease Seal of Transparency and Fairness?

When you see the Seal on a school website, you can be confident that your application will be included in the school lottery in a fair and transparent way. 

That is because Lotterease is an independent automated lottery system that the school uses to manage their lottery and waitlist.  Since Lotterease is an independent system, the school staff do not have the ability to manipulate or adjust the lottery outcome.  They must work within the requirements of the system.

In addition, all activity that takes place with your application is tracked in a history log that you can view at any time by logging into the parent portal.