Admissions

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in Our World Neighborhood Charter Schools. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about OWNCS. You will discover information outlining the admissions process, educational philosophy, and community values. We encourage you to attend an open house to see our vision brought to life.

OWNCS is a non-sectarian, tuition-free, public charter school. OWNCS does not discriminate against any student in the admissions process or the provision of educational programs on any unlawful basis, including on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

Students are selected for admission randomly by lottery.

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Priority for available seats is based on the following:

  • Current sibling at the OWNCS school to which you are applying
  • Parent/guardian employed by OWNCS
  • Resident of School District 30 (if applying to OWN-Astoria)
  • Resident of School District 27 (if applying to OWN 2-Howard Beach)
  • Resident of School District 24 (if applying to OWN 3-Corona)

Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2022.

After all available seats have been filled in each grade, a waiting list is created for the remaining applicants. The waiting list expires on December 31st of the year applied for.

For additional information, please contact:

How To Apply

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2022-23

  • Submit an Application

OWNCS uses a lottery application called Lotterease to ensure a fair and transparent admissions process. In Lotterease, you create one parent account and add all children you would like to enter into the OWNCS lottery. Click on a link below to submit an application for school year 2022-23.

Click on the link below to view the Lotterease Parent Handbook.

If you would like to submit an application for OWN 2 Howard Beach for the current school year, contact Lucille Ranchor, Admissions Coordinator, at admissions@owncs.org.

  • Attend an Admissions Open House (see below for dates)

Lottery

The admissions lottery for the next school year (2022-23) will be held Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 6:30 PM.

Join us via livestream or at OWN 1 Elementary School (Astoria).

View the livestream

Notification

Lotterease will notify you of the lottery results by email. If your child has been selected, you have 3 days to accept or decline the seat. If you do not reply within 3 days, the seat will be given to the next child on the waiting list and your child will be moved to the bottom of the waiting list.

Acceptance & Enrollment

Students who are protected under the McKinney-Vento Act are entitled to immediate enrollment in school even if they don't have the documents normally needed, such as proof of residency, school records, immunization records, or birth certificate. Students who are protected under the McKinney-Vento Act may also be entitled to free transportation and other services.

Parents/Guardians who accept an offer of admission for their child receive an email from Lotterease with a link to Enrollease (the Enrollment Package). The Enrollment Package must be submitted within 5 days. If OWNCS does not receive the Enrollment Package by the deadline, the offer of admission may be forfeited and passed to a child on the waiting list.

The following documents must be submitted prior to enrollment:

  • Copy of child’s official proof of age
  • Copy of proof of address

  • Lease agreement, Deed, or Mortgage Statement for the residence
  • NYC Housing Rent Receipt (dated within the last 60 days)
  • Cable/Satellite Bill (dated within the last 60 days)
  • Electric Bill/Con Edison (dated within the last 60 days)
  • Water Bill (dated within the last 90 days)

If the parent/legal guardian does not have a bill in his/her name, a notarized letter must be submitted stating that the parent/legal guardian and applicant live at the address stated on one proof of address listed above. Only applications with notarized letters will be accepted.

Example: If a guardian and child reside at the grandparents’ home, then the grandparents must submit a notarized letter stating that the guardian and child live with them. In addition to the letter, one proof of address (listed above) must be submitted with the application.

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that OWNCS receives the Enrollment Package by the due date.

Waiting List

If a seat becomes available, OWNCS will accept the next student on the waiting list. The waiting list expires on December 31st of the year applied for. Lotterease notifies families when there is a change in applicant status.

Admissions Open House Dates

OWN 1 Elementary School (Astoria)

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  • Feb. 19, 2022 - 11:30 AM
  • Feb. 22, 2022 - 10:00 AM
  • Mar. 22, 2022 - 1:00 PM

OWN 1 Middle School (Astoria)

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  • Feb. 19, 2022 - 9:30 AM
  • Feb. 22, 2022 - 1:00 PM
  • Mar. 22, 2022 - 9:00 AM

OWN 2 Elementary School (Howard Beach)

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  • Feb. 24, 2022 - 10:00 AM
  • Feb. 24, 2022 - 1:00 PM
  • Mar. 5, 2022 - 10:00 AM
  • Mar. 5, 2022 - 1:00 PM
  • Mar. 24, 2022 - 9:00 AM

*see below for more Open House information

OWN 3 Elementary School (Corona)

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  • Feb. 15, 2022 - 10:00 AM
  • Feb. 15 2022 - 1:00 PM
  • Feb. 15, 2022 - 3:00 PM
  • Feb. 23, 2022 - 10:00 AM
  • Feb. 23, 2022 - 1:00 PM
  • Mar. 19, 2022 - 10:00 AM
  • Mar. 19, 2022 - 12:00 PM
  • Mar. 28, 2022 - 10:00 AM
  • Mar. 28, 2022 - 1:00 PM
  • Mar. 28, 2022 - 3:00 PM

2022 OWN 2 ES (Howard Beach) Admissions Open House

Friday, March 4, 2022 (3 - 6 PM)

Location: Launch Trampoline Park

Address: 163-50 Cross Bay Blvd, Queens NY 11414

*Registration is required.

For more details please call: 718-902-6436

There will an hour of jump for kids. Refreshments will be served.

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REQUIRED: PLEASE FILL OUT LIABILITY WAIVER

All children under the age of 18 must have their waiver completed by their parent or legal guardian

Admissions FAQ

What grades does your school include?

OWN 1 (Astoria): Kindergarten through 8th grade

OWN 2 (Howard Beach): Kindergarten through 5th grade

OWN 3 (Corona): Kindergarten through 1st grade

What age does the child need to be to apply for Kindergarten?

Children are eligible to apply to kindergarten in the calendar year they turn five.

Where do I get an application?

APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2022-23 ARE NOW OPEN

Click on a link below to submit an application for school year 2022-23

OWN 1 Astoria (link is external)

OWN 2 Howard Beach (link is external)

OWN 3 Corona (link is external)

If you would like to submit an application for OWN 2 Howard Beach for the current school year, contact Lucille Ranchor (link sends e-mail), Admissions Coordinator, admissions@owncs.org (link sends e-mail) 

Can I apply online?

Click on a link below to submit an application for school year 2022-23

OWN 1 Astoria (link is external)

OWN 2 Howard Beach (link is external)

OWN 3 Corona (link is external)

If you would like to submit an application for OWN 2 Howard Beach for the current school year, contact Lucille Ranchor (link sends e-mail), Admissions Coordinator, admissions@owncs.org (link sends e-mail) 

Can I visit the school at any time during the year for a tour?

Click here for information about Open House Dates and Registration.

How will I find out if my child is accepted?

After the admissions lottery, you will be notified of the lottery results by email. If your child has been selected, you have 3 days to accept or decline the seat. If you do not reply within 3 days, the seat will be given to the next child on the waiting list and your child will be moved to the bottom of the waiting list.

When is the lottery and where is it held?

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2022

6 PM

How can I learn about the curriculum of the school?

  • Information about curriculum is provided at our Open House events.
  • Explore our website to learn more about various aspects of the school.

Are parents welcome in your school?

We have very involved Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO). There are many opportunities to volunteer at OWNCS.

What if my child does not get into the school at the lottery?

Once the lottery is completed, and all available seats have been filled a waiting list is generated and kept until December 31, 2022. If a seat becomes available, OWNCS will accept students from the waiting list. Notifications are sent to families of applicants by Lotterease whenever there is a status change.

If my child does not get in the first time, what should I do?

If you are still interested in sending your child to OWNCS, you must continue to apply each year. Every year we hold a new lottery.

What if I have other questions?

If you have any questions please contact 
Lucille Ranchor (link sends e-mail), Admissions Coordinator
(646) 415-2775 (Cell)

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OWNCS 1 (Astoria)

  • Elementary School (Grades K-5)
  • 36-12 35th Avenue

  • Astoria, NY 11106
  • Phone: (718) 392-3405
  • FAX: (718) 392-2840

OWNCS 1 (Astoria)

  • Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • 31-20 37th Street
  • Astoria, NY 11103
  • Phone: (718) 274-2902
  • FAX: (718) 274-7146

OWNCS 2 (Howard Beach)

  • Elementary School (Grades K-5)
  • 135-25 79th Street
  • Howard Beach, NY 11414
  • Phone: (347) 390-3290

OWNCS 3 (Corona)

  • Elementary School (Grades K-5)
  • 108-68 Roosevelt Ave
  • Corona, NY 11368
  • Phone: (718) 392-3405