Welcome to Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter School

Dual Language & Montessori Learning For Your Student

Open Enrollment for 2023-24 has ended, but it is not too late to apply! Click here to apply to join our waitlist.

Thank you for your interest in enrolling your student at Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter School. Serving students in grades K-to-8, Casa Esperanza was founded in 2003. One of the oldest charter schools in North Carolina, Casa Esperanza is the only school in Wake County that offers dual language learning and a Montessori curriculum.

As of December 2022, Casa Esperanza has moved to our new state-of-the-art learning center at 10510 Star Road.

Learn More About Casa

Public Charter School, Kindergarten through 8th grade

Applications may be submitted online after our public lottery registration period in order to join the waitlist.

Click here to submit your Lotterease application.

Please read further to learn more about our enrollment process.


Children will be eligible for admission regardless of race, cultural background, intellectual ability, or physical impairment. To be eligible for kindergarten admission, students must be 5 years of age on or before August 31. See G.S. 115C-364. 

Admission to Casa Esperanza Charter School is determined by our annual lottery. In accordance with North Carolina charter admissions statutes preference is given to the following groups:

  • Only NC residents are eligible to apply. If your child is selected in the lottery, proof of residency will be requested.
  • Siblings of currently enrolled student who were admitted to the school in a previous charter year
  • Children of the school’s full-time employees.
  • Siblings of students who completed the highest grade offered by Casa Esperanza and were enrolled at least four years at the school.
  • Students who were enrolled in the charter school within the two previous school years but left the school (i) to participate in an academic study abroad program or a competitive admission residential program or (ii) because of the vocational opportunities of the student’s parent.

For additional information on our admission procedures please see the school’s Admissions Policy.

We use Lotterease for the application and lottery process

Casa’s Immersion program includes children who come from English-speaking and Spanish-speaking homes. Many children know little to no Spanish upon entering the Immersion program. Teachers speak both English and Spanish. They provide a transition period at the beginning of the year to help students adjust to the new language. Children are highly adaptable and take to learning a second language easily. However, you should not expect your child to come home speaking Spanish immediately. Language acquisition is a four to five year process. Children will often understand a new language before they are able to speak it. As a parent of a child in the Immersion program, the school will expect you to focus on exposing your child to as much English reading and writing as possible.