Technical glitch causes Drew Charter to postpone admissions lottery

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 7, 2015
The Charlie Yates Campus was constructed on the "back nine" of the Charlie Yates Golf Course in East Lake. It cost $55 million to construct. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Charlie Yates Campus was constructed on the “back nine” of the Charlie Yates Golf Course in East Lake. It cost $55 million to construct. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This story has been updated. 

Drew Charter School planned to hold its admissions lottery on May 6, but anxious parents who want to attend the popular public school have to wait a little longer.

About 45 minutes before the lottery was set to begin, the school pulled the plug on the lottery due to a glitch in the technology used to conduct it.

The statement says, “During final testing of the technology for the Charles R. Drew Charter School electronic admissions lottery, approximately 45 minutes before we went live, we noticed an inconsistency that required us to postpone the lottery. To ensure the integrity of the lottery, we made this tough decision and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Our technology vendor, InfoSnap, is working diligently to fix their glitch and will reissue the unique identifier numbers.”

Decaturish has reached out to Drew Charter seeking more information about the nature of the glitch that caused school officials to postpone the May 6 lottery. A spokesperson responded that there is no additional information to provide, but said school officials hope to update everyone soon.

Drew Charter School opened in East Lake in 2000, and has an enrollment of more than 1,200 students in pre-K through ninth grade. This past summer, the school opened its 205,800 square foot Charlie Yates Campus, a dedicated high school building that can accommodate 1,000 middle and high school students.

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  • King Tommen

    It’s reaching the point where real estate agents should stop touting “Drew Charter School!!” as an amenity for houses in Kirkwood and East Lake. They had several thousand lottery applicants for under 100 slots. The Drew pipline is now pretty much packed with siblings of current students and those coming from the pre-school, and the odds of getting in for those not already in the ecosystem are extremely slim.

    • Jennifer Juergensen McGee

      “Reaching the point”? We’ve far surpassed it. When we moved in, we were told we’d certainly get into Toomer but if not, Dr. Jones was making great strides at Toomer. Now Drew is impossible to get into and Jones is moving to Drew! Not at all happy with the educational choices here. My eldest is already going to private high school.

  • Rick Derris

    Agreed King Tommen. Something just smells off with all of this. If I’m correct the tiering system goes like:
    1) Kids from Villages of East Lake
    2) Siblings of Villages of East Lake and/or staff children
    3) Kirkwood/East Lake kids
    With an enrollment of 1200 students K-9, I find it hard to believe that the Villages are producing that many kids so that zero new enrollees are coming from Kirkwood or East Lake. There probably aren’t 3000 households in all of both neighborhoods and less than half probably have kids (guessing there). Just doesn’t add up to me.

    • Jennifer Juergensen McGee

      I think 2) also includes siblings of ALL registered Drew kids.

  • Jim

    The lion share of those lottery applicants are Tier III, which is all of Atlanta. East Lake and Kirkwood are in Tier II. Tier ‘A’ and Tier ‘I’ is Villages of East Lake, siblings of students and staff kids.

    • Jim

      lion’s share rather…

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