Admissions and Lottery

  • Burris student using a smart screen in a classroom

    Burris Laboratory School’s admissions procedures are intended to create a diverse student population to support its role in teacher preparation in the state of Indiana.

    Timeline of 2022-2023 Academic Year Lottery

    September 2021 — Applications available for the lottery for students in grades K-11 for 2021-2022 school year.

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021— Letters are mailed to parents asking them to indicate whether they will be re-enrolling their student(s).

    Wednesday, December 15, 2021 — Re-enrollment forms due in the office to confirm current student’s spot for 2021-2022 school year.

    Friday, January 21, 2022 — All lottery applications are due by 4:00PM.

    February 2022 — All high ability testing will take place during February.

    March 2022 — Parents will be notified if their children qualified for high ability.

    Thursday, March 17, 2022 — All lotteries will take place starting at 1:00 p.m. (sibling, general, high ability)

    Monday, April 4, 2022 — Student interviews will begin.

    Monday, April 18, 2022 — Parents/students will be notified of acceptance.

    Who Can Apply?

    Any family in Indiana can apply to have a student admitted to Burris, but space is limited.

    Because Burris is a family school, the admissions process gives priority to applicants who have a sibling already attending Burris. When a general lottery position is available, siblings have first priority.

    Burris Laboratory School also offers a limited number of openings for students with high ability. Doing so upholds a long-term commitment to serve students with high ability and to facilitate research on the education of high ability students. Students applying for high-ability admission fill out a separate application and undergo on-site testing.

    Burris accepts new students each year for kindergarten.

    Transfer students in grades 1-11 are accepted as space becomes available. As with kindergarten, priority is granted to students with siblings already in Burris.

    The Lottery System

    The admissions process combines prioritized registration for siblings and high-ability students with a lottery system.

    The lottery system is necessary because demand for admission exceeds available space.

    There are three types of lotteries.

    • general lottery – This applies to applicants without priority status.
    • sibling lottery – This happens when the number of Burris siblings attempting to register is more than the available openings.
    • high-ability lottery – This happens when the number of high-ability students attempting to register is more than the available openings.

    Lottery Process

    The principal (or a designee) conducts the lottery. Applicant’s names are drawn randomly from a pool and publicly announced. Attendance at the lottery drawings is not required.

    The lottery also generates a wait list to fill openings that might occur after the lottery.

    There is no Burris Admissions Committee.

    The school will admit students only at the beginning of the academic year, unless an unusual situation arises.


    Burris does not provide transportation. Parents are responsible for getting their kids to school and picking them up on time.

    After-school care for families who need it is available from 3 to 6 p.m. at Burris through the AppleTree YMCA.