Admission Process

Thank you for your interest in Queen City STEM School! We still have a limited number of places available for Fall 2021. Hurry Up and apply today!

We are a tuition-free public charter school focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in Charlotte, North Carolina. We currently serve more than 800 students from kindergarten through 10th grade on our two campuses. We are adding a grade level each year until we serve all K-12.

We do not discriminate against students on the basis of sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, academic, artistic, athletic ability. We are an open enrollment school and admit any child who qualifies to attend a public school in North Carolina regardless of the school district the child resides in.


New families are required to submit an initial application due to the limited spots available in our schools.

Apply to Queen City STEM for the 2021-2022 school year.

Parents who register by 7/30/21 will have the $40 registration fee waived.

Please note that the initial application is for new students only. Current students at QCSS do not have to go through the initial enrollment proceedings. Current families wishing to re-enroll are given the “Intent to Return Form” to complete and return to the school every year in the stated time frame.

We accept applications year-round. However, due to the high demand for our school, we recommend new families to apply to the school between December and mid-February for the upcoming school year. In order to be entered in the 2021-2022 school year lottery, you must apply by 12:00 PM (noon) on February 14, 2021.


We are looking forward to welcoming you and your student to our information nights. Visiting our schools is a great way to get a true sense of the culture, curriculum, and student life at Queen City STEM School. Our passionate faculty and dedicated administration team help you explore QCSS firsthand before you make your final decision.

Watch QCSS Virtual Open House 2021-2022 for K-5
QCSS Virtual Open House 2021-2022 Presentation for Grades 6-11


We receive hundreds of applications every year beyond the number of seats available at any grade level. We conduct a lottery in February to fill the seats in a fair and equitable way. Our lottery is publicly undertaken and may be attended by any member of the public.

We randomly select names or numbers through PowerSchool registration software. Once all available seats are filled, a waitlist will be established by listing the students in the order drawn. Multiple birth siblings will enter the lottery as one name or number, parents only need to submit one application. If that name or number is selected, then all of the multiple birth siblings shall be admitted. Late applications after the scheduled lottery will be placed on the bottom of the waitlist.

Queen City STEM School gives enrollment priority to qualified applicants to fill the available seats ahead of applicants without priority status. The eligible applicants, in the order listed, are:

1) children of employees and governing board members (by law, these students cannot amount to more than 15% of the school’s total enrollment) and,
2) siblings of enrolled students (by law, siblings include half-siblings, step-siblings, and children residing in a family foster home).

The lottery results are emailed to the winning applicants.


Applicants who receive a seat at Queen City STEM School will need to complete the necessary forms to enroll within the given period. If the applicant does not notify the school of its acceptance of admission on time, the applicant will be deemed to have declined admission, and the first child on the waitlist will be offered admission.

The following items are needed in order to complete the enrollment process. If you do not have some of these documents available immediately, such as EOG test results or Kindergarten physical exam, you MUST communicate with the enrollment office to submit them at a later time.

  • Government-issued photo ID for parent/guardian,
  • Copy of student birth certificate,
  • NC proof of residency through the utility bill, mortgage/lease document, etc.
  • Immunization records,
  • Guardianship/custody papers, if applicable,
  • The most recent report card or transcript,
  • Standardized test scores such as EOG,
  • NC Health Assessment Form from the child’s physician (for all students new to the NC Public School System),
  • Documentation for homeschoolers, if applicable,
  • Any IEP, ESL, or 504 plans, if applicable.


    If you have any further questions regarding our admissions process, please call (980)-299-6633 for K-5 and (980) 321-7744 for 6-11. You may also send an email to

    We look forward to welcoming you to Queen City STEM School!