PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The tension was thick in the cafeteria of the Independence Charter School at 16th and Locust in Center City.

Nearly one hundred parents and students gathered, anxiously hoping to hear their name called. The school received 450 applications for their kindergarten class, but only 33 students were lucky enough to get in. They received another 500 applications for grades one through eight. The lucky ones were put on a waiting list.

Michael Pollack applied for Independence Charter, as well as another school. His four-year-old daughter did not make the cut.

“The preferred charters seem to be hard to get into, luck wasn’t on our side,” Pollack lamented.

Pollack, like many others, will enter the lottery again next year.

Reported by Cherri Gregg Mincey, KYW Newsradio

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