The letter of intent and how the lottery system works.
The SAMS Academy is a magnet school for students who choose to enroll. The following procedures are necessary, as enrollment interest often exceeds the enrollment capacity of the school. Students are admitted through a lottery system. Parents wishing to enroll their student(s) must submit an electronic or written Letter of Intent. At the conclusion of the fall semester, all new letters of intent received will be placed into the lottery pool for the subsequent year. In May of the subsequent year, a lottery will be held to determine placement order on the waiting list for letters received after the conclusion of the fall semester.
All three Learning Centers’ enrollment policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, or need for special education services.
As per New Mexico State statute the lottery will be governed by the following guidelines:
- If a student is chosen in one of the school's lotteries and there is a sibling who is eligible to attend that same school, the sibling will be given preference for the following school year.
- Students selected to enroll in Southwest Primary, Southwest Intermediate orSouthwest Secondary Learning Center will be able to re-enroll for the following school year in the same school, provided the family has completed and returned by the deadline a "Letter of Intent to Return" and the student is in good standing at the school.
- Parents interested in moving their child to one of the other schools must complete a new written or electronic Letter of Intent, as students are not guaranteed a position in the new school and must go through the lottery process.