Admissions Process

Admissions Process

CSLA Admissions Process


Thank you for your interest in CSLA!  Currently all spots are filled for the 2018-19 school year.  You are welcome to submit an application at ANY time during the year (see applications to left) and your student's name will be placed on the wait list for their grade per the date the application was received.  Please read below for a more detailed explanation of our admissions process.

Children are admitted to Kindergarten at CSLA through a lottery process during the fall BEFORE they enter Kindergarten.  Applications for admission can only be obtained through the following procedures.
1.  Your child must be 5 years old by Aug. 15, 2019 to begin Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year.
2.  A parent or step-parent must attend an Orientation meeting at CSLA.  Dates will be announced soon, but they will be in September 2018.
3.  At the end of the Orientation meeting, you can choose to fill out an application if you wish.  Applications must be turned in that evening.  All applications from both Orientation nights will be put in the CSLA Kindergarten lottery (typically held in early October 2018).
4.  If your lottery application is drawn in the Top 50, you will need to attend a CSLA tour (late October 2018) and a CSLA Parent Seminar (November 2018).  If you miss either step, your student will be ineligible to attend CSLA for Kindergarten.
5.  Applications drawn #51 and below in the lottery will be placed on a wait list.  When we reach the point that we near your name on the wait list, you'll be asked to complete a tour and seminar.  This could be in 1st grade or not until 5th grade - we have no way of knowing how quickly we'll be able to offer admission to families on our wait lists.
6.  Letters will be sent in December 2018 offering families a Kindergarten seat for the 2019-2020 school year.  Seats are first given to siblings of current students and staff members.  Each year the lottery seats available varies.

**IMPORTANT** - If you are interested in attending Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences on E. 3rd St. downtown, you will need to complete a separate admissions process for that school.  Please visit the CSAS website at for more information.

If you are interested in applying for a grade beyond Kindergarten, please submit your application per student (see applications to your left) to the CSLA Admissions Office email at  Your student will be added to the wait list based on the date the application is received.

Currently there are lengthy wait lists for each grade at CSLA.  Our school building is full and unless a student exits CSLA, it is very difficult to have room for a new student.  Your application does not guarantee an offer of admission at any point.  You will receive an email in mid-January that offers you the choice to renew your application's status each year.  Simply click the sign-up link in your email from CSLA Admissions to confirm you want to keep your student active on the wait list.  Failure to do so by the stated deadline in the email will result in your application being removed from the wait list.

We are hopeful our future holds an expanded facility that will allow us to welcome many new families to our school!  If you have any questions about our admissions or our school, please feel free to email us at

Thank you for your interest in CSLA!



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