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ORLA Middle School Academy (MSA) Program 


2023-2024 Enrollment Process

Thank you for your interest in the Middle School Academy. Enrollment is now closed for the 2023-24 school year.


Step 1: Attendance at one MSA Information Meeting is mandatory. Currently, the following information meetings are available - please attend the one that works best for your family’s schedule: 


MSA Information Meeting Zoom Link Google Form


Step 2: Parents/Guardians complete the MSA application.  The link for the application will be provided during attendance at an MSA Information Meeting.  Attendance at an MSA Information Meeting is mandatory to pursue enrollment in the program.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: CLOSED for the 2023-24 school year. 


Step 3: Parents were notified of the results of the lottery Friday, March 24, 2023.


Students who qualify for special education services will be included in the lottery process, with enrollment contingent upon the determination that ORLA is an appropriate placement based on the student’s individual needs and if applicable, inter-district transfer approval.


Step 4: If selected for the MSA program, the acceptance form will be emailed and must be completed no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 31, 2023.


Selection rules and procedures for the lottery and continuation in the program:

  1. Students must be entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the fall of 2023.  
  2. In-district applicants have priority over out-of-district applicants.  
  3. All applicants who apply before March 3, 2023 will be given a number and submitted into a random lottery. 
  4. Families of students who will be offered a seat in MSA based on the lottery results will be notified by email within one week of the lottery and invited to formally enroll in the program.  
  5. Families of students who are not offered a seat in MSA based on the lottery results will be placed on a waiting list in the order that their lottery number was drawn, and will be notified by email.
  6. Families need to accept or decline the invitation to enroll in the program by 4:00 p.m. March 31. Those families who decline placement for the 2023-2024 school year will have their names removed from the lottery list but may reapply the following year to enter the lottery again.  
  7. As spots open up, families on the waiting list will be notified and will be given 7 days from the date of notification to accept or decline the invitation to enroll in the program.  
  8. For following school years, returning students who have successfully completed the current year and have submitted a re-enrollment form will continue in the program. 
  9. If spots open during the school year, they will be offered to the person based on the remaining waiting list. Late applicants will be added to the waiting list based on the order that they are received.
  10. Each year, a new lottery will be held for the incoming sixth-grade class and openings in the seventh and eighth-grade program. A new waiting list will be established each year.

Where should I go for more information? 

You are welcome to reach out to our Dean of Students, Laura Herman, for more information: [email protected].


We are looking forward to meeting you and thank you for your interest in the ORLA MSA program!