Brookhaven Innovation Academy is accepting online applications through Feb. 29 to be considered in the new charter school’s lottery.

Applications filled out after Feb. 29 will not be included in the lottery and those students will either be placed in a class or added to a wait list on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to a press release on BIA’s website.

Visit to fill out the application that is available in English and Spanish.

“BIA has a state-wide attendance zone, meaning that any child with residency in the State of Georgia is eligible to apply to BIA. There is no priority given to city of Brookhaven residents. We haven’t set the dates for the lottery process, but the ‘intent to enroll’ will be imported into the lottery applications when we open the enrollment,” the BIA release states.

BIA was approved as a public charter school last year and is slated to open in the 2016-17 school year. BIA will begin with 420 students in grades K-6 and, under its charter, will eventually expand to 540 K-8 students.

A BIA informational meet and greet will be held this Sunday, Feb. 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Valenza, 1441 Dresden Drive.

School location site to be announced soon?

No site for the school has been announced. The BIA board will be meeting in executive session on Feb. 18 to discuss potential locations for the school.

“We’ve performed an extensive search for our school location, both in and around Brookhaven. Our location will likely be a temporary location for our first year,” BIA Executive Director Bates Mattison said in a Feb. 18 email update to parents and supporters.

“Finding a permanent home, and designing our school building to meet our desired quality, standards and requirements, are best handled when we have our teachers an parents ‘on-board.’ Until the board makes a final decision on the school location to open this fall, we want to assure you that we’re doing our best to identify a location which will work best for our school children and parents,” he stated.

“I know many of you are anxious about where the school will be located, but I believe an announcement is coming soon,” Mattison added.

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.