Dual-Language Program Enrollment Lottery

  • All families interested in the Olathe Public Schools Dual-Language Immersion Program must complete the online application. The online application will open March 1 and close on April 26. Applying online through the district immersion website is the only way to be entered into the lottery.

    A lottery system is used to determine student placement in the Spanish Dual-Language Immersion Program at each of the two immersion schools, Black Bob and Manchester Park elementary schools.

    students raise hand in second grade classroomTwo separate lottery lists are established for each immersion school. One lottery list is established for students within the attendance area of the immersion school and one lottery list for students living outside the attendance area. The number of students chosen from each lottery list will be based on classroom enrollment numbers at each site. On the online application, parents must choose one of the two schools to be entered in the corresponding lottery.

    Parents should complete the enrollment process and attend Kindergarten Roundup at their neighborhood school even if they plan to enter their child’s name in the lottery.

    When the lottery window opens on March 1, a link to the application will become available on the district immersion program website. All students who have submitted applications by the April 26 deadline will be entered in the lottery. Applying early is not an advantage. Applications submitted after the April 26 deadline will be added to the bottom of the wait list.

    In order to apply in the lottery, students must be eligible for enrollment in the Olathe Public Schools before the end of the lottery window.

    Families will be notified the week after the application window closes if their child has been drawn in the lottery or added to the wait list. Students who are not chosen from the lottery will be put on the wait list. If space becomes available before the start of the school year, the family of the next student on the wait list will be contacted.  

    Those with questions should see additional information on the tabs to the left, or email Director of Language Acquisition Michael Flenthrope.