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Enrollment and Lottery Information

To Apply

All potential students must complete an application to enroll at Palmetto Scholars Academy. 

Because there are always more applicants than spaces, a random-selection lottery system is used to determine seat placement and waitlists.  

Applications are currently available for both the current 2022-2023 and next 2023-2024 school years.

PSA’s application period for the 2024-2025 school year runs from December 1, 2023, through January 31, 2024.  All applications received during that time period will be entered into the lottery, which will take place February 15, 2024.  Applications received after January 31, 2024, will be added to a waitlist in the order in which they are received.  This waitlist will continue to be used to fill vacancies throughout the 2024-2025 school year.

Applications received for the 2023-2024 school year will be added to the waitlist in the order in which they are received.  This waitlist will continue to be used to fill vacancies throughout the 2023-2024 school year.

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PSA is open to all South Carolina students who are currently eligible for grades 6 – 12. Verification of South Carolina residency is a requirement for admission.
In accordance with Section 59-40-50 of the South Carolina Charter Schools Act, Palmetto Scholars Academy’s admission policy will be to admit all children eligible to attend public school in South Carolina, subject to space limitations. The school will recruit, register and admit students without regard to race, religion, gender, natural origin, disability, or need for special education services. Palmetto Scholars Academy will, however, maintain accelerated and rigorous curriculum standards geared toward challenging gifted and talented students.  It is not a good academic fit for all children.
If the number of applications received by the deadline exceeds the number of pupils permitted per grade, a lottery will be conducted for those grade level(s), in compliance with Section 59-40-50 of the SCCSA (1996). Parents or guardians of all affected applicants will be notified via email or US Mail of the date and time of the lottery. The lottery will be conducted as a public meeting and representatives of Palmetto Scholars Academy and a recruited SC Notary Public will be on hand to conduct and ensure lawful operation of the lottery.


For the upcoming school year, all applications are date-stamped and held, until the point at which more applications are received than there is space available. If more applications are received than there is space available, a closed lottery will be held to determine the waitlist position. Applicants who are added to the waitlist will be notified as their status on the waitlist changes.


For transfers during the current school year, applications are date-stamped when received by the school and added to the waitlist. Enrollment is offered on a space-available basis and in the order in which they are received.
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