The school, originally planned to open in September, will open in January 2014 because of construction delays, officials said. The 368 students who are enrolled in the school will attend classes in a modular structure and then transfer to the new building.
Shedric, one of 97 children vying for 48 spots in the kindergarten class, was wait-listed after participating in the lottery.
"I thought he was in there, for real, because the school is right there," Kearney said, waving in the direction of the school, which is closer to her house than her son's current school. "We need a protest or something. How [do] you have a raffle for kids to get into a school that's up the street?"
Stephanie Ruffner, whose North Chester Street home is a block from the new school but was in the next-to-last priority level, was among several parents who took Hopkins' and EBDI's characterization of a "neighborhood school" literally.
She believed incorrectly that she could simply register her students in June.
Now she's preparing to make life changes so that her kids, who have been wait-listed, can get in.
"I want to know if I get a job in housekeeping at Hopkins, if then my kids can go there," she added. "I would do that. Because they deserve better than they're getting."
The students' chances came down to a map hand-drawn by a committee of Hopkins and EBDI representatives and a contract that has grown to include five priority enrollment categories, up from two.
Originally, the school planned to give "families living in or relocated from the EBDI redevelopment area" first priority and then open it to families citywide, according to the school's original contract.
In July 2011, the city school board approved the Hopkins-Morgan partnership, in which Morgan, which specializes in science, technology, engineering and math curricula, would bring its manpower and knowledge about educating children from urban communities to the school.
At the same time, the board also agreed to the operators' request to add more priority levels for admission, believing that it would ease overcrowding at other schools.
The students who currently attend the East Baltimore Community School and are from all over the city have first priority, along with the families who were displaced and those from a number of blocks called the "catchment area" that includes the EBDI redevelopment zone and blocks surrounding Hopkins institutions.
The East Baltimore Community School, which opened in 2009 in a trailer while the Henderson-Hopkins school is being built, was intended to serve children in the neighborhood. However, it was under-enrolled and opened its doors to students from across Baltimore.
Hopkins believed that students who had attended East Baltimore Community should be given the opportunity to attend the new school.
According to enrollment data provided by Hopkins in April, 65 of the 69 applications that were submitted in the first priority level were accepted.
Siblings of students who attend the school have second priority, a benefit a handful of charter schools extend to students. Nineteen of the 27 applications received in that category were accepted.
Children of people who work within the catchment area, which includes Johns Hopkins hospital and university and EBDI, are in the next priority level; 29 of the 65 applicants were accepted.
According to a memo from the school's operators, children of those who work within the "EBDI footprint" will make up 20 percent of the school's population.
The next set of spots was set aside for families whose children attend five neighborhood schools, like Ruffner's and Williams' children. Five of the 51 applications from those families were accepted.
Any remaining seats were to be open to students from across the city. None of the 120 applicants in that category was accepted this year because the school was full.
'We'll learn from it'
In addition to drawing boundary lines, an ad-hoc committee of Hopkins and EBDI representatives set the priority levels, according to Andy Frank, special adviser on economic development to Hopkins President Ronald Daniels.
Frank, who was part of that committee, said the school expanded the priority levels, in large part, to include more students from neighborhood schools, though very few ended up getting in.