application process

ISA Brochure

Since its inception in 1994, ISA has accepted its freshman students through an open lottery. In order to be eligible for the ISA Freshman Lottery, a potential student needs to fully complete the Freshman Application and submit it by the annual deadline.

Prospective freshmen are encouraged to participate in ISA's Shadowing Program that is designed to allow students to "try-on" the ISA experience before applying.

Please reference the timeline below for important dates and deadlines regarding the 2014 lottery. You many also learn more about the lottery process at Lottery Frequently Asked Questions.

ISA does accept a limited number of 10th, 11th, and 12th grade transfer students each year. For more information, please visit the 10th-12th Grade Application page.

Please note:  All students must complete applications according to deadlines.

Important Dates for Incoming Freshmen:


During the 2013-2014 school year, in preparation for the 2014-2015 school year

9th Grade Informational Meeting 

Attendance is optional but encouraged.

Monday, February 3, 6PM

9th Grade Application Due 

Wednesday, February 5, 5PM

9th Grade Notification of Acceptance


Friday, February 7 (if name is drawn)

9th Grade Acceptance Cards Due (if name is drawn)

This card will be mailed to you if your child has been admitted.

Friday, February 14 (if name is drawn)

9th Grade Choice Slips Meeting

Thursday, February 27, 6PM

9th Grade Waiting List Cards Due

Students whose names are not drawn in the lottery may be placed on the waiting list by returning a card.

Friday, February 21

Waiting List Inquiries Open

Families may call the ISA office to find out their student’s current number on the waiting list. If freshman seats become available, we will call applicants in the order of the In-District or Out-of-District waiting lists.

Monday, March 3


Important Dates for potential 10th - 12th graders during the 2014-2015 year:



Application Deadline 
for new students in grades 10-12

*Please note that due to a high volume of applications for a limited number of open seats, not all applicants will be interviewed.


Thursday, June 19