Applying to Burris

  • Burris is no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see below for the timeline for the 2020-2021 lottery.


    Timeline of 2020-2021 Lottery Process

    Monday September 2, 2019 — Applications available for the lottery for students in grades K-11 for 2020-2021 school year.

    Tuesday December 3, 2019 — Letters are mailed to parents asking them to indicate whether they will be re-enrolling their student(s).

    Friday December 13, 2019 — Re-enrollment forms due in the office to confirm current student’s spot for 2020-2021 school year.

    Thursday January 23, 2020 — All lottery applications are due in the office.

    February 2020 — All high ability testing will take place during February.

    March 2020 — Parents will be notified if their children qualified for high ability.

    Thursday March 12, 2020 — All lotteries will take place starting at 1:00 p.m. (sibling, general, high ability)

    Monday April 6, 2020 — Student interviews will begin.

    Monday April 20, 2020 — Parents/students will be notified of acceptance.


    Kindergarten Information

    Kindergarten at Burris Laboratory School is full-day.

    The annual Burris lotteries for siblings, high-ability and general-education students will fill openings for the next school year.

    Students entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of that year. Parents must provide the school with a copy of the student’s birth certificate upon application to attend.

    Transfer Information for Grades 1-11

    At the beginning of each year, all current Burris students indicate their intent to enroll for the next school year. From this information, administrators generate an estimate for the number of grade-level openings for the next school year.

    Burris families with siblings at another school that are eligible for admission have the opportunity to register for grade-level openings in the sibling lottery. Siblings have priority for available general lottery openings. The high-ability lottery fills vacancies left by departing high-ability students.

    Parents must provide a copy of the student’s birth certificate and an official transcript from the previously attended school to verify grade placement.

    A student’s eligibility to transfer is based on Burris’s Transfer Policy.

    Read the policy (PDF).


    Burris has an Admissions Appeal Committee and a policy in place for appealing admission decisions under very limited circumstances.

    See the appeals process.