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 Feb. 15, 2021 and close March 31, 2021. 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.

    photo of boy holding a book Two 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 Feb. 15, a link to the application will become available on the district immersion program website. All students who have submitted applications by the March 31 deadline will be entered in the lottery. Applying early is not an advantage. Applications submitted after the March 31 deadline will be added to the bottom of the wait list.

    Families will be notified the first week of April 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 contact District Coordinator for ELL and World Languages Michael Flenthrope via email to mgflenthrope@olatheschools.org.