1307 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605
RCHS Admissions

Interested in applying for the 2021-2022 school year?

Applications can be completed online* from January 15 through February 26, 2021. Please read our Admissions FAQ before starting the application.

To submit an application, please visit: www.rchsapplication.com

*During the application period, families with limited or no internet access may visit the school office during business hours to complete an application.

The Admissions Lottery will be held on March 22, 2021 at 4:00 pm. Results will be emailed to each applicant immediately following the drawing.

To learn about Admissions at RCHS, please read the information below and review the Admissions FAQ.

Important 2021-2022 Admissions Dates:
  • January 15: Application window opens
  • January 26: Admissions Presentation and Q&A - Virtual
  • February 4: Admissions Presentation and Q&A - Virtual
  • February 26: Application window closes
  • March 22: Admissions Lottery
Click here for Admissions FAQ

Admissions Presentations and Q&A Sessions

Due to tremendous community interest in our school and our priority to maintain an environment conducive to learning, we cannot schedule tours and we do not allow visitors during the school day.

We will not hold in-person Open Houses for the 2021-2022 admissions period but will instead host two virtual presentations with Q&A sessions for prospective families at 7:00 pm on January 26 and February 4. Each Q&A session will begin with a showing of an informational video (slideshow recording linked below) followed by time for questions from attendees. Details and links to these virtual sessions will be posted on this page in January. You do not need to attend an Q&A session to apply to the school. The goal of the Q&A session is to help you determine if you would like to fill out an application for your student. There is no registration required to attend these virtual events.

Learn about RCHS:

  • We invite prospective students to watch this video featuring students from the classes of 2020 to 2023. Our students produced this video last spring to help welcome our newly admitted students to Raleigh Charter. We hope you will enjoy viewing it!

  • We encourage prospective parents to watch this recorded slideshow in which our principal and academic dean share information about our school and application process. The slides presented in the video recording are available here.

General Admissions Information

Raleigh Charter High School is an independent, public, college-preparatory school that serves students from North Carolina. Prospective students complete an application for admission. Admission to the school is by public lottery.

We accept applications over a period of several weeks during the first few months of the year, usually from late January to late February. Applications can be completed online during this time period. The dates of the application period are posted in December for the following year. A link to the application website will be posted on the first day of the application period. Families with limited or no internet access may visit the school office during business hours to complete an application during the application period. The Admissions Lottery is typically held 3 to 4 weeks after the application period ends. Lottery results are emailed to all applicants. We do not accept applications for admission at any other times during the year.

Learn more about Raleigh Charter High School: College Profile, Curriculum Guide, Brochure about RCHS

All applications for students accepted by NC charter schools must be from parents who are currently legal residents of North Carolina. The domicile must be in place at the time of the student application. In order to be included in the admissions lottery, an application to RCHS must list a North Carolina residence.

Prospective students complete an application for admission to Raleigh Charter High School. Applicants must be ready for Math 1/Algebra 1 or a higher mathematics course in the ninth grade. During high school, students must take at least four courses in math and at least two consecutive years of a foreign language in order to graduate from Raleigh Charter High School. We offer math courses from Math 1 to Calculus 3. Many courses are offered only at the honors (advanced) level.

Siblings of current RCHS students, siblings of RCHS graduates who finished all four years at RCHS (and graduated), and children of full-time employees are given priority. The current student must be enrolled for one year before sibling status is granted.

We hold Information Sessions to give prospective students and parents a chance to view the school campus, to visit staff members, to pick up an application and information packet, and to hear programs about our school.