1307 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605
RCHS Admissions

The Application period has closed and we are no longer accepting applications for 2021-22.

The admissions lottery was held on Monday, March 22 at 2:00 pm.

Individual results were emailed to parents of applicants. Parents can also view their child's lottery results and wait list status by logging into their Smart Choice/School Mint parent account at www.RCHSapplication.com. Students will be admitted off the wait list over the summer as spots open up.

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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.

Instead of holding in-person Open Houses for the 2021-2022 admissions period, we hosted two virtual presentations with Q&A sessions for prospective families. Each Q&A session began with a showing of an informational video (slideshow recording linked below) followed by time for questions from attendees.

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.

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.