Important Info for Lottery Families

If you are a lottery family of a rising 5th grader coming to West End from Eakin or Sylvan Park or a current 8th grade family continuing on to Hillsboro, please remember that there is NO AUTOMATIC PATHWAY FOR LOTTERY FAMILIES. We want you to stay with us, so please read the below carefully!

To continue on, you must complete the optional schools application (apply online here or download) and put West End (middle school) or Hillsboro (high school) as your #1 choice to get priority status that moves you to the front of the line.

Historically all out-of-zone families wanting to attend the next pathway school do get in, but you have to complete the optional schools application and you must put West End or Hillsboro as your first choice. If you put West End or Hillsboro as your #2 choice or lower, you lose the priority and will go into the general pool of lottery students without priority. Both schools have a waiting list, and every year dozens of disappointed students do not get in.

The deadline to submit your application is Friday, February 12. Email Mr. Goodman at if you have questions or need more information.