Application, Lottery and General Information

General Lottery Application and Lottery Timeline: 

Application Submission Update:

The application deadline for the 23/24 school year was December 1, 2022. Anyone who submits an application after the deadline up to June 30, 2023, will be placed at the bottom of our current wait list.

Applications for the 24/25 school year will start to be accepted from September 1, 2023 through December 1, 2023 through our new lottery system, Lotterease. Please note this is a change from our original lottery application dates.

Information on Lotterease will be posted on our website in July 2023.

Admissions Policy - Click to View

Lottery Information: 

  • Families will need to reapply each year beyond their kindergarten grade application. 
  • The annual public lottery will take place on 4th Friday of January at 10:00am in our elementary school auditorium.
  • The families of students selected in the lottery will be notified by email immediately after and will be provided with the required documents and a deadline that they will need to submit in order secure registration. Documents required for enrollment are:
    • Proof of Age (for example, Birth Certificate)
    • Proof of Residency
    • Record of Required Immunizations
    • Act 26 Form, and
    • Home Language Survey
  • We encourage all families to submit all documents directly to the school in person, however if families choose to mail the required documentation to the school, you will assume the responsibility to ensure that the information arrives by the stated deadline.  School Office Hours are 8:00 am until 2:00 pm daily. 
  • Families will need to return all required enrollment documents by no later than the 3rd Friday in February, by no later than 2:00 pm. 
  • Failure to meet this deadline forfeits your spot at Franklin Towne and will result with the child’s name being placed at the bottom of the current Wait List.
  • Exceptions will be made only for families with language barriers, and only when those families have contacted prior to the deadlines listed above thus allowing the school the opportunity to arrangements for translation services to be provided. All requests should be submitted to the attention of our Attendance Clerk.


    Wait List:

  • Names not selected in the lottery will be placed on a numbered Wait List.
  • The Wait List will be published on the school’s website and will be continually maintained to reflect an accurate and up-to-date listing.
  • Families will receive an email providing them with a Unique Identifying Number (UIN).  Parents will be able to use the UIN to track their child’s position on the Wait List. 
  • Names placed on the wait list will remain there until the following year’s lottery is run and a new Wait List is generated.

General Information:

  • An application is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Only one application will be accepted per child.
  • If a child is not admitted within the school year, a parent/guardian must re-apply for the lottery for the next school year.
  • Franklin Towne will accept applications for all grades offered. Please note, however, that we anticipate most openings to be in grade K. Some spaces may be available in other grades, but this may not be assessed until later in the year, with families not contacted until then (if space even exists).
  • The application process only involves submitting the application form by the deadline. No interview, school tour, information session, or fee is required.
  • As required by PA charter school law, Franklin Towne Charter School uses a lottery system for admitting its students, with siblings of currently enrolled Franklin Towne students and current students-in-good standing at our Elementary School receiving preference in the lottery (i.e. provided there is space available for their admission in the grade applied for).
  • In order to be eligible for the sibling preference, the applicant must be related to a current Franklin Towne Elementary student in one of the following ways: 1.) has a shared legal guardian or there is shared legal custody of both students by a common individual or 2.) is a half sibling, step sibling, or biological sibling. Residing at the same address as a current student alone does not make an applicant eligible for the sibling preference. There will be no sibling preference to those students who apply after the application deadline. In order to be eligible, applicants must indicate the sibling preference on their application. Franklin Towne will not retroactively apply sibling preference for anyone who did not request the sibling preference at the time of application prior to the application deadline. Franklin Towne reserves the right to determine if a student is eligible for sibling preference. Siblings of currently enrolled students will be placed on a priority list before the lottery. No preference will be shown to siblings who apply after this deadline.
  • Please note that only applications containing Philadelphia addresses will be placed into the main lottery.
  • Any application containing a non-Philadelphia address will be placed on a separate non-resident waiting list, the order of which is determined by a separate lottery. Furthermore, proof of residency will be required if your student is selected in the lottery to continue in the enrollment process. Any applicant who cannot provide a Philadelphia address during the proof of residency check will be placed on this separate non-resident waiting list as well.
  • Franklin Towne values diversity and seeks students from varied backgrounds. Franklin Towne Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of age (to the extent applicable), race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, religion, marital status, ancestry, parental status, disability, achievement or aptitude, proficiency in the English language or any other basis that is unlawful in its admission policy.

McKinney/Vento Act

In accordance with federal and state guidelines under the McKinney/Vento Act, Franklin Towne Charter Schools are committed to removing barriers to education that face students experiencing homelessness.

  • Do the members of your household lack a permanent address?
  • Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement?
  • Have you moved in with another family (doubled up) due to a lack of housing?
  • Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis?
  • Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household?

If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions, please contact your child's counselor.

Please see the PDE website for more information on the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Act: 

Online Application
Franklin Towne Charter Elementary School
Enrollment Application
4259 Richmond Street * Philadelphia, PA 19137 * 215-289-3389 
Application for school year (ex 21/22):  Grade applying for: 
• If applying for Grade K must be 5 years old by September 1 of the school year you are applying for.
• If applying for Grade 1 student must be 6 years old by September 1 of the school year you are applying for.
• If applying for sibling preference, must provide copy of applying student’s birth certificate with application. 
Applications can be dropped off at the school office or mailed NO FAXES WILL BE ACCEPTED
Student Information:  
Last Name: 
First Name:
Date of Birth:   Sex:   
Is Student a Twin: 
Address:  Zip Code: 
Parent/Guardian Information:
Father’s Name: 
Work Phone Number:  Home/Cell Number: 
Email Address: 
Mother’s Name: 
Work Phone Number:  Home/Cell Number: 
Email Address: 
Current School Information:
School Currently Attending:  Current Grade (If in Summer, the grade the student will be entering): 
Sibling Information: (Sibling must be a current Franklin Towne Charter Elementary School student at time of lottery drawing.  A copy of the applying student’s birth certificate must be provided with application submission.)
Name of Current FTCES Student(s):  Current Grade (If in Summer, the grade the student will be entering): 
PARENT DIGITAL SIGNATURE                        DATE
Email address to receive confirmation: 

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