Application Packet & Lottery Information

  • Enrollment is closed for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are still interested in RTHS for your student, you will need to apply in January for the 2020-2021 school year. The waitlist does not carry over from year to year. We accept applications for rising 9th & 10th graders only.

  • The Lottery will be held at 5pm on Thursday, March 12th, 2020. 

Our preferred application method is for families to use the online application form here. In addition to filling out the information online, you will need to upload a scan or a perfectly clear phone-photo of one of the following that proves your residency in NC: 


What documents are accepted for the proof of address requirement?

  • Current, dated within the last 30 days, gas, water, or electric bill; OR 

  • Current, dated within the last 30 days, signed lease agreement; OR 

  • Signed residential closing statement or construction agreement with closing date within 45 days of application.



You may, if needed, download a copy of our Application packet below, or stop by our Front Office for a paper copy during these two months. All application packets must be postmarked on or before February 21st or dropped off to the front office by 4:00 pm on February 28. RTHS will hold a public lottery on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 5:00 pm and email families within the day.  Acceptances of admissions offers will be due within two weeks.  How you choose to apply - online or on paper - does not have any impact on your chances for admission, as long as the application is complete and received on time. 


Printable Download

(Once you click Download Application, hover over the lower right corner of your screen to save to your own computer, or to print)


To apply via paper, download the application packet, print all pages, fill it out completely, attach the proof of address and mail the completed application packet to:   RTHS, P.O. Box 13453, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 Please do not send certified mail to RTHS. We have no easy way to receive it at our P.O. Box. If you wish confirmation of receipt of your application, place a self-addressed stamped card in your envelope. We cannot personally answer all calls or emails.


We are happy to accept 10th grade applications but we don't anticipate having any openings for 2020-2021. We are not accepting applications for 11th or 12th grade.


Who can apply to RTHS?

To apply to Research Triangle High School your student must currently be in 8th grade and reside in North Carolina. RTHS will have extensive programming in place to support students who have the ability to complete Algebra I in the 9th grade but who have not been well prepared to do so, as well as an accelerated curriculum for those students who are prepared for more advanced studies. A July  “Meet RTHS NEST Camp” is strongly recommended for all students prior to fall enrollment, both as an introduction to our community and as a chance for students to experience our blend of digital materials and hands-on experiences.


At RTHS, any child who is qualified under the laws of the state for admission to a public school is qualified for admission to a charter school. In order to apply to a charter school, a parent or guardian must be physically living - "domiciled" - in the state of North Carolina at the time of application.  Non-domiciled families must wait until having moved to NC to apply to the school. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, RTHS may refuse admission to any student who has been expelled or suspended from a public school under G. S. 115C-391 until the period of suspension or expulsion has expired.

A detailed explanation of RTHS admissions and enrollment policies is available.


RTHS Board Policies – Updated February 2017


Lottery Preferences (all refer to G.S. 115C-218.45(f)):


RTHS will grant lottery preference to students who meet any of the following conditions.

  • Siblings of currently enrolled students who were admitted to the charter school in a previous year. For the purposes of this subsection, the term "siblings" includes any of the following who reside in the same household: half siblings, stepsiblings, and children residing in a family foster home.

  • Siblings of students who have completed the highest grade level offered by that school and who were enrolled in at least four grade levels offered by the charter school or, if less than four grades are offered, in the maximum number of grades offered by the charter school.

  • Limited to no more than fifteen percent (15%) of the school's total enrollment, unless granted a waiver by the State Board of Education, the following:

    • Children of the school's full-time employees. In the event that an employee is hired after the lottery for that year has been drawn, the student may still be enrolled. Children of employees may be eligible for enrollment if they are rising eleventh or rising twelfth graders.

    • Children of the charter school's Board of Directors.

  • A student who was enrolled in the charter school within the two previous school years but left the school (i) to participate in an academic study abroad program or a competitive admission residential program or (ii) because of the vocational opportunities of the student's parent.

  • RTHS will allow students who attend Global Scholars Academy or Maureen Joy Charter School to be granted enrollment priority under NC G.S. 115C-218.45(f)(b).


The RTHS Board of DIrectors further defines a rising student as someone who officially completed the previous academic year of study. For example, a rising ninth grader is a student who is currently enrolled in, and expected to complete, the eighth grade in the school year immediately prior to application to RTHS.


If you have any questions, please email Admissions.


* If the enrollment period has passed and you are newly interested in RTHS, you may complete an online application or download the application, print all pages, fill it out completely and mail the completed application packet to: RTHS, P.O. Box 13453, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. We will add your student to the waitlist. Please do not send certified mail to RTHS. We have no easy way to receive it at our P.O. Box.