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How will I know if my student has been selected for placement in a school or program through the RSCO lottery?
RSCO will contact you directly when the initial round of the lottery is conducted. After the initial round, RSCO will contact you if your child receives an offer of placement.

If my student is offered a placement through the RSCO lottery, what do I then need to do?
If your student is offered a placement, you must either accept or decline the placement offer online with RSCO by the date specified.

What happens if I do not respond to RSCO by the specified deadline date?
If RSCO does not receive your response by the specified deadline, RSCO will assume that you do not want the placement opportunity and RSCO will give that seat to another student.

Is it possible for my student to receive placement in more than one magnet school?
No, your student can only be placed in one of the magnet schools that you selected on your application. Once a placement is offered, your student will be removed from all other magnet school and Open Choice waitlists.

If my student is placed in a magnet school other than her/his first choice, can s/he be placed on the waitlist for that first choice?
No, once a magnet school placement is offered, your student will be removed from all other waitlists.

When an applicant applies to both Open Choice and magnet school(s), what happens when the applicant receives a placement offer?
If a student applied to Open Choice and a magnet school(s) and receives a placement offer in either program, s/he will be removed from all other magnet school and Open Choice waitlists and will not receive another placement offer during that lottery cycle.

If my student is on a waitlist, should s/he be registered in her/his local public school district?
Yes, students should register and attend their district school until they receive a placement letter/offer. In some cases, students may be placed in a RSCO magnet school or Open Choice after the school year begins.

What happens if my student is not selected for placement through the RSCO lottery?
If your student is not selected for placement through the RSCO lottery, then she/he will be placed on a waitlist for each school or program choice. In order to confirm your student’s waitlist position, you must respond online with RSCO by the specified deadline.

RSCO waitlist positions do not carry over from previous lotteries.  Those who wish to participate in subsequent lotteries must submit a new application for each child.

Why is it important for me to confirm my student's waitlist position(s)? By doing so, you preserve the opportunity to have your student placed in a school or program that you selected, if a seat becomes available and your student is next on the waitlist.

Waitlist information also guides RSCO’s future planning and program expansion to increase school choice opportunities.

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