Hutchison High School changes its student admission lottery system

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A local high school is changing the way it runs its student admission lottery system.
Hutchison High School will no longer give extra weight to students with good grades and good attendance. Students will also not be required to submit a letter of recommendation with their application.
Acceptance into Hutchison High School will now depend on a randomized drawing.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School district is in the process of re-evaluating its career and technical programs - and as a result of a parent and student survey, administrators decided to make the change.
Hutchison Principal, Robyn Taylor, said the goal is to make the process as transparent as possible.
"It's going to be an open transparent process so that any student in the Fairbanks District or moving into the community that is interested in Hutchison for our career clusters, has the same opportunity as everybody else,” she said.
The new system will be put into place immediately.
The lottery for the 2019-2020 school year will open January 10th and close February 22nd. Results will be known February 27th, and families will be notified of the status of their student on March 1st.
Families not accepted will be placed on a waitlist. Those who are accepted will have 72 hours to confirm their spot or the opportunity will be passed on to another on the waiting list.
When students are applying for the lottery, they select two career clusters of interest.
Currently the amount of students allowed to attend the high school full time is 400. If students are not accepted but still wish to take advantage of resources at the high school, they can speak with their counselors to see if there’s space to attend part time.