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Apply for Lottery

Step 1: Complete a Lottery Application

TCCA is now accepting applications via SchoolMint. Florida law requires a random lottery when there are more student applicants than seats available in a particular grade. The lottery application process is quick & easy. 

Before or after creating your account, CLICK HERE to print a PDF of this page or take a screenshot of the steps below:

CLICK HERE to complete the lottery application on SchoolMint.

After creating your account, perform the next few steps:

  1. Add parent contact information and student information
  2. Click “Home”
  3. Click “Add New Student Application"
  4. Select the school year
  5. Select the student
  6. Select "Yes" or "No" to the question "Is <your child's name> currently enrolled at a school in The Optima Foundation?"
  7. Enter the school currently enrolled
  8. Enter the "Current Grade"
  9. Enter the "Grade Applying to"
  10. Select “Next"
  11. Select the school you are applying to attend

NOTE: You will be notified of lottery results via the email and phone number provided during the application process within 24 to 48 hours. Be sure to check spam or promotions email boxes if you do not see the email. 

Step 2: Receive an Offer to Register or Waitlist Status

The number of student seats available in each grade will determine how many are sent offers to register. If your student is selected for a seat, you will receive an offer to register. If your student is placed on a waitlist due to more applicants than seats available, you will be notified of waitlist status.

If you receive an offer you have three days to accept. 

QUESTIONS: Please contact the registrar at if you have any issues or questions about the TCCA enrollment process.

Lottery Application Periods and Lottery Dates

Application Periods Beginning Date Ending Date Lottery
Initial Period 12/1/2022 1/2/2023 1/3/2023
Second Period 1/3/2023 1/30/2023 1/31/2023
Third Period 1/31/2023 3/6/2023 3/7/2023
Fourth Period 3/7/2023 3/20/2023 3/21/2023
Fifth Period 3/21/2023 3/27/2023 3/28/2023
Sixth Period 3/28/2023 4/03/2023 4/4/2023

After the 4th of April, we will run the lottery daily if necessary.

Registration will occur over the following period

Registration Period Beginning Date Ending Date
2023–2024 Registration Period 1/3/2023 1/30/2024