Lottery Applications are accepted for the following academic year enrollment September 1 - September 30, annually. *Applications submitted after September 30th, will be placed at the end of the waitlist, in order of receipt.

Date of Lottery Drawing: Early Fall.

Lottery Procedures

The Oceanside mission is to serve high school students in a safe, small setting who seek the opportunity and challenge of a rigorous curriculum, high academic standards, and outstanding athletics while earning up to two years of college credit while in high school, Oceanside will admit all children eligible to attend public school in South Carolina, subject to space limitations.  The school will register and admit students without regard to race, religion, gender, natural origin, disability, or need for special education services.

2021-2022 Lottery Applications accepted September 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

2022-2023 Lottery Applications accepted September 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021.

2023-2024 Lottery Applications accepted September 1, 2022 - September 30. 2022.

The lottery drawing takes place early Fall each year. Attendance is not required but the lottery is open to the public.


Lottery Process

  • Student names (including the name of a sibling and other priority categories when appropriate) will be recorded on a card for inclusion in the lottery process. 

  • Cards will be the same size, thickness, color, and material. 

  • Cards will be placed in a lottery box and pulled at random by a designated member of the community. 

  • Each name will be read aloud and recorded in order. 

  • All names exceeding the enrollment capacity will be recorded in order on a waiting list.

  • Applicant names drawn in the lottery will be notified by EMAIL of their enrollment offer, as provided on their lottery application. Applicants will be given 10 calendar days to complete and return the letter of acceptance and pay the required instructional and laptop insurance fees. 

  • Any applicant that has not returned the letter of intent & fees by the stated deadline, will lose their seat and the first applicant on the waiting list will be offered the open seat.  

  • Once the acceptance letter and non-refundable fees have been received, the Oceanside Registrar will email the student enrollment packet. 

Lottery Priority

  • Per Section 59-40-50(8), Oceanside will allow for the following exceptions for enrollment: siblings of a student currently enrolled or who graduated within the last six years; Children of Oceanside employees; Children of the Oceanside Charter Planning Committee will also be a lottery exception provided the total enrollment does not constitute more than twenty (20) percent of the school’s total enrollment.

Due to the collegiate model, Oceanside does not designate a particular number of grade level applications per year (9th grade, etc.). The first names drawn for available seats will receive offer letters.


Student Enrollment Packet

The Student Enrollment Packet will include a request for:

  • student records

  • immunizations

  • proof of residency

  • existing IEPs or 504 plans

  • a home language survey and any other required information.


Failure to complete and return the required Student Enrollment Forms in a timely manner may result in loss of the enrollment seat, which would then be offered to the next student on the waiting list.  All reasonable attempts will be made to assist the family in completion of the required materials and documentation, and all efforts will be officially documented before the seat is offered to the next student on the list. 


Appeal to Lottery

There is no appeal process when an applicant is denied admission because of lottery results. Acceptance to the school may not be deferred to another school year.


In the event that OCA denies admission for a reason other than the outcome of the lottery process, the student may appeal the denial to the sponsor’s board. The appeal must be in writing and state the grounds on which the appeal is based. The decision made by the sponsor will be binding on the student and the charter school per Section 59-40-50.



Returning Students

Current Oceanside students are not required to re-apply or be subject to the public lottery, but each year must be in good academic standing and will be required to confirm their intent to return.  If the intent to return requirements are received after the specified date, continued placement cannot be guaranteed.


Dual Enrollment Program

Enrollment at the higher education institution for the dual enrollment program will be subject to its admission criteria. (See Commission on Higher Education Policy, II. Student Eligibility). If a student does not qualify for dual enrollment, the student will continue in 11th or 12th grade college preparatory courses until enrollment eligibility is established.


Non Discrimination Policy

The Oceanside admission policy is to admit all children eligible to attend public school in the State of South Carolina, subject to number of applications, capacity of the program, space or building limitations. OCA recruits, registers, and admits students without regard to ability, race, creed, religion, ancestry, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, gender, income level, need for special education services, or proficiency in the English language.