BROOKLYN - Nearly 4,000 families waited at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts to find out if they got into one of the nine charter schools open in Brooklyn.

The principal of Achievement First Charter School says students want to attend charter schools due to their good track record, undivided attention from teachers and their ability to prepare students for college.

After the announcements were made less than 600 of those 3,800 students were accepted into the schools.

The school says preferences in the lottery go to applicants who have siblings already in the schools and those who live in the district they applied to.