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Admission Lottery

What is the lottery?

The lottery is the admissions process required by New York State that is held when there are more student applications to a charter school than seats available. Students are randomly selected from all applicants for admission by lottery. Students who are not selected from the lottery will be placed on a waiting list.

Why does UASCS use a lottery system for acceptance to the school?

NYS law states that if more applications than seats available, UASCS is required to choose their students through a random admissions lottery.

Is anyone given preference in the lottery?

Preference is given to returning students, siblings of students, and students who reside in the Utica School District.

When is the lottery?

The lottery drawing for Utica Academy of Science Charter School (UASCS) is on Thursday, April 7, 2022, starting at 11:00 am at UAS ES Cafeteria. (Postponed to Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 11:00 am)

Does my child have to be present for the lottery?

No, applicants do not have to be present to be selected. The lottery is open to the public, and subject to state regulations to ensure they are transparent and equitable.

If my child is accepted, will he/she have to participate in the lottery every year?

No, students who are accepted into UASCS will be able to remain in the school until graduation, provided they adhere to the school’s guidelines and policies.

Is there a waitlist process for UASCS?

Yes, students who are placed on the waiting list are ranked. Students are chosen for openings by a lottery. If the chosen student’s parents decline the opening another lottery will be held until the space is filled.


Utica Academy of Science Charter School is part of Science Academies of New York.

UAS Elementary School

160 School Lane,
Frankfort, NY 13340
Phone: 315-574-3000
Fax: 315-574-3008

UAS J/S High School

160 School Lane,
Frankfort, NY 13340
Phone: 315-266-1072
Fax: 315-266-1073


1409 W Genesee St,
Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 315-671-5470
Fax: 315-671-5475


For transportation related questions, please call transportation department in the district you live.
UCSD Transportation: 315-797-4933