Priority Lottery to Increase Equity & Diversity Approved…

NC Board of Education Approves Priority Lottery to Increase Equity and Diversity

The Exploris School (K-8) is one of the state’s original charter schools bringing

innovation and expeditionary project-based global education to North Carolina since 1997. The

Exploris Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the State Board of Education has

approved a request for a priority lottery to increase economic diversity among students at the

school. “Empowering Learners to Change the World is the quest of our school,” according to

Ellie Schollmeyer, Executive Director. “Making an Exploris education accessible to all families

and increasing the equity and diversity at Exploris is an integral part of our strategic plan.”

Families that qualify as economically disadvantaged according to the Federal guidelines

will be given priority for enrollment for the first time with this new lottery. A diverse student

body positively impacts all students, increasing their cognitive, social, and emotional skills while

preparing them to be engaged citizens in our increasingly diverse society.

Applications and tours will begin in November and continue through the application

deadline of February 1, 2019.

Exploris began analyzing our demographic data in 2014 and identified gaps in both

socioeconomic and racial diversity when compared to our Wake County community and

statewide data. The Exploris Board’s educational excellence committee has worked in

partnership with The Exploris School staff, parents, and community to intentionally increase its

equity and diversity. “While we have grown from 18.5 percent in 2015 to 25 percent of our

population defined as ethnically diverse and from 7 percent in 2015 to almost 10 percent of our

students qualifying for free and reduced lunch, we believe that more needs to be done to increase

access for all students,” Schollmeyer said. “Our goal is to increase economically disadvantaged

families from 10 to 25 percent by the 2023 -2024 school year.”

Exploris will expand total enrollment from 455 to 680 students when the school moves

into its new downtown facility in Raleigh. “We’re excited about increasing access for all

students and expanding our enrollment when the school moves into the first Energy-Positive,

Green Certified high rise in the Triangle area,” Schollmeyer concluded.

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