FAIRBANKS — The Discovery Peak Charter School opening in North Pole this fall will begin recruiting students starting Tuesday through Feb. 22, according to a school founder, Sandra Boyle. 

Students who apply will have their names put in a lottery and enrollees will be selected by chance. 

Orientation meetings to learn more about the school are being held at 5 p.m. Monday,  7 p.m. Jan. 31,  noon Feb. 9 and at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the North Pole Worship Center. 

Attendance at one orientation meeting is mandatory for a parent or guardian’s student to attend the school.  

Discovery Peak is North Pole’s first K-8 charter school and will be operated differently than other public schools with “afternoon explorations,” “school-wide brain breaks” and half days on Fridays, according to documents provided to the state Board of Education. 

Class sizes will be capped at 22 students. The school received approval from the state school board last month after years of planning.