Lottery Application Information

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    Highland's Class of 2025

     

    To attend Highland students must be chosen through a random lottery that occurs each year in the spring. Being chosen during the lottery places the student on a conditional acceptance and wait list. The student must meet the criteria for their 8th grade year for final acceptance to attend Highland.  

    To apply to Highland please use the Gaston County School Choice Application and select Highland. 

     

    Lottery Dates:
    • Application materials will be available through the GCS School Choice Webpage starting January 19.
    • Applications are due February 28. All applications must be submitted online by this date. 
    • Lottery is scheduled for April 1, 2021.

     

    Lottery Application Materials - All applications must be submitted online by February 28 through the Gaston County School Choice Application system.
      

     

    All students in the class of 2025 must meet the following criteria to be included in the lottery process:

     
    Requirements to Apply
    Students  must  meet  these  criteria  to be  include  in the  initial  phase  of the  lottery  process  at the Highland School of Technology:
    • Student and parent/legal guardian must reside in Gaston County. 
    • 6th grade Reading EOG scores at Level III/IV/V.
    • 6th grade Math EOG scores at Level III/IV/V.  
    • 7th grade overall “C” or 70 minimum average based upon 1st semester performance only.
    • Good standing in conduct for grade seven. 
    • Good Standing in Attendance for Grade Seven (medical exceptions are considered). 
    • 7th grade AND 8th grade iReady Diagnostic Assessments (Beginning of-Year AND Middle-of-Year Tests) in Reading and Math at a “Early Grade Level” or higher score.
    • Application (submitted) online by February 28, 2020. 
    • **Non-Gaston County Schools applicants must submit the following:
      • 7th grade final report card and 7th grade standardized test scores administered at the applicant’s school. 
      • 8th grade first semester report card and attendance records.  
      • For acceptance into the lottery, applicants must also complete an 8th grade iReady Diagnostic Assessment (Middle-of-Year Tests) in Reading and Math and be proficient at a “Early Grade Level” or higher score (this assessment will be given at the Gaston County Schools Office of Student Assignment)
    • Complete and return the Discipline Information Request to Highland School of Technology prior to February 28, 2020.
     
    Requirements for Admission
    Students must meet these criteria to receive final acceptance or to remain on the waiting list:
    • Student and parent/legal guardian must maintain residency in Gaston County. 
    • 8th grade Math EOG at Level III/IV/V or 8th grade Math I EOC at Level III/IV/V. 
    • 8th grade Reading EOG at Level III/IV/V. 
    • 8th grade overall “C” or 70 minimum average based upon 1st semester performance only.
    • Good standing in conduct for grade eight. 
    • Good Standing in Attendance for Grade Eight (medical exceptions are considered). 
    • **Non-Gaston County Schools applicants must submit the 8th grade final report card and 8th grade standardized test scores administered at the applicant’s school. 
      • Applicants should provide proof of nationally standardized achievement tests administered annually to assess grammar, reading, spelling, and mathematics.
        • If such standardized achievement test results are unavailable, applicants must make arrangements with the desired choice school to take a released NC EOG for reading and math assessment at the 8th grade level designed to assess the applicant’s academic qualifications. 
      
    Requirements for Continued Enrollment
    Students must maintain these criteria to continue to be enrolled at Highland School of Technology: 
    • Student and parent/legal guardian must maintain residency in Gaston County. 
    • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
    • Maintain good conduct
    • Maintain at least 94% attendance (medical exceptions are considered). 
    • Students who withdraw from Highland will not be allowed to re-enroll at Highland unless they go through an administrative appeal process. 

     

    **Non-Gaston County School Applicants Only 
    Initially accepted and waitlisted students from any private, charter, home school, or from any school outside of Gaston County Schools must verify residency in Gaston County with the GCS Student Assignment Office (http://gaston.k12.nc.us/studentassignment) no later than May 3, 2021 to remain on the initially accepted list or waitlist.