Online Application


The Online Application Process

Q. How long does it take to complete the online application process? Typically, the process should take roughly 10 minutes.

Q. What if I do not have access to a computer? Please contact the school for assistance.

Q. Is there another way of submitting an application other than online? Yes, a paper application is available from our web site. The online application system is our preferred method and provides parents with up-to-date information.

Q. Once I've submitted the application electronically, how will I know that the submission is successful? Once the application is completed online, you will receive a generated message based on the email address you provided when you created an account.

Q. Should I allow anyone else to use my account? It is the user's responsibility to protect the integrity of any information entered in the system. This includes but is not limited to passwords or personal information about you or your child. You must also agree not to share your login information or password with anyone except a parent or legal guardian.

Q. My account has been disabled because I've attempted to login too many times. Should I set up another account? No. You must call the Office for an administrator to assist you.

Selection Process
Q. Are students selected based on a first-come, first-serve process? All eligible applications submitted by the application deadline will be entered into the lottery. Students are selected based on pre-defined, Board-approved criteria (if applicable) such as: sibling and staff priorities.

Q. How is the lottery conducted? The public lottery is conducted in accordance with State guidelines. The online system generates the list of applicants that are to be awarded seats and an ordered wait list.

Q. When will parents be notified if they are selected to participate in a program? Parents will receive notification by email if their child has been selected once the lottery has been completed.

Q. What if my child is not selected for the initial lottery process? Once the initial emails have been sent to those students who are accepted, parents must accept the seat and/or participate in a screening process. Once vacancies become available, students in the waiting pool will be offered seats using the selection process.


Registration Process (New Students)

Q. What is the purpose of the Registration process? During registration, we collect the information that is needed to be able to move your student(s) records in PowerSchool to RTHS and other important contact and demographic information.

Q. How will the information provided be used? The information will be used exclusively for school related business. No information will be shared outside of RTHS. Email contact info will be provided to the PTSO so that they can communicate with RTHS families as well as the school itself.


Re-enrollment Process (Current Students) 

Q. Will my student lose his/her seat if we don't complete the Re-enrollment process?  No. You will not lose your seat unless you notify the office that you are not returning to RTHS for the coming school year. 

Q. Why is the Re-enrollment process important? We would typically conduct a re-enrollment survey prior to the Lottery to help us with Lottery planning. However, this is our first year using the new system. The Re-enrollment process also allows us to collect additional needed information and gives you the opportunity to review the information currently in our records and provide updates where appropriate.

Q. Am I required to provide my student's cell phone number? No. However, it would be helpful to have that contact info for students. We have the ability to generate voice, text and email messages to students and families. Adding the Student Cell Phone allows us to complete our contact records. If you prefer not to provide this information, simply input all zeros (eg 000-000-0000).

Q. How do I locate my student's Research Triangle High School Student ID?  Login to either the parent or the student PowerSchool portal and the ID number is next to the student's name. 

Q. How do I request updates / changes to the information currently on file? Please email those requests to
Keys to Student Success

Our goal is to graduate young people prepared for college-level studies, and able to demonstrate the 21st century skills that Research Triangle Park (RTP) companies seek. We have chosen the “flipped” method of instruction specifically to enable all who attend RTHS to achieve those goals.