New student enrollment for the 2020/2021 school year starts with submitting a Request for Admission Form to our school office. The 2020/2021 enrollment lottery for the TK-5 classroom-based program has already taken place and some of our grade levels have waitlists, while others still have space available. The enrollment lottery for the TK-8 Virtual Academy Program takes place on Monday, August 3. We know that spaces sometimes open up as families make their final enrollment decisions in August. To inquire about available space in your child's grade, please call the office at 530.885.7067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alta Vista Community Charter School welcomes Requests for Admission from all students, including immigrant students and students who are not U.S. citizens.
ENROLLMENT PROCESS, ADMISSION PREFERENCES & Public Random Drawing/LOTTERY
AVCCS’s “open application period” is the period in which students interested in attending AVCCS may submit a Request for Admission. The open application period occurs in February and shall be publicized. Requests for Admission will be accepted during the open enrollment period each year for enrollment in the following school year. AVCCS will host parent information meetings between December and February to allow parents to learn more about the school before they apply for their children's admission. Following the open enrollment period each year, Requests for Admission shall be counted to determine whether any grade level has received more applications than availability. In the event that this happens, the Charter School will hold a public random drawing (or “lottery”) to determine admission for the impacted grade level(s), with the exception of existing students, who are guaranteed admission in the following school year. The right to re-enrollment in the next grade level is subject to the expulsion and retention policies of AVCCS and AUSD.
Admission preferences in the case of a public random drawing shall be given to the following students in the following order:
Children of AVCCS employees (“Children” are defined as a biological or adopted or foster son or daughter or stepson or daughter through marriage, residing within the same household.)
Siblings of existing students currently attending AVCCS (“Sibling” is defined as any brother or sister (either blood, step, adopted, or foster) residing within the same household as the student and/or alumni. Twins shall not receive any preference other than the established “Sibling” preference.)
Students currently enrolled at AVCCS in the Homestudy Program who wish to shift to classroom-based instruction.
Students who reside within a three-mile radius of AVCCS
All other applicants
AVCCS and the District agree to adhere to the requirements related to admission preferences as set forth in Education Code Section 47605(e)(2)(B)(i)-(iv).
AVCCS will take all necessary efforts to ensure lottery procedures are fairly executed. Lottery spaces are pulled in order of grade level by the Principal (or designated lottery official). Separate lotteries shall be conducted for each grade in which there are fewer vacancies than pupils interested in attending. All lotteries shall take place on the same day in a single location. Lotteries will be conducted in ascending order beginning with the lowest applicable grade level. There is no weighted priority assigned to the preference categories; rather, within each grade level, students will be drawn from pools beginning with all applicants who qualify for the first preference category, and shall continue with that preference category until all vacancies within that grade level have been filled. If there are more students in a preference category than there are spaces available, a random drawing will be held from within that preference category until all available spaces are filled. If all students from the preference category have been selected and there are remaining spaces available in that grade level, students from the second preference category will be drawn in the lottery, and the drawing shall continue until all spaces are filled and preference categories are exhausted in the order provided above.
At the conclusion of the public random drawing, all students who were not granted admission due to capacity shall be placed on a waitlist according to their draw in the lottery. This waitlist will allow students the option of enrollment in the case of an opening during the current school year. In no circumstance will a waitlist carry over to the following school year.
Public random drawing rules, deadlines, dates, and times will be communicated in the Request for Admission form and on-line and at the Charter School website. Public notice for the date and time of the public random drawing will also be posted once the application deadline has passed. AVCCS will also inform all applicants and interested parties of the rules to be followed during the public random drawing process via email at least one week prior to the lottery date.
If the information provided in an application has been intentionally misrepresented, the application shall be invalidated. Upon notice, the applicants will, however, be granted an opportunity to respond within five (5) school days before invalidation occurs.
Virtual Academy (Homestudy) Program Enrollment
Students and families wishing to participate in Alta Vista's Virtual Academy program are encouraged to attend individual or group orientation meetings, giving staff the opportunity to explain the program and responsibilities of the staff and parents. Enrollment space in the Virtual Academy program is limited. In the event more Requests for Admissions are received than there is space available, a Public Random Drawing will take place, following the process set forth above.
Alta Vista students enrolled in the Virtual Academy program who wish to transfer to Alta Vista's classroom-based program must submit a Request for Admission form and may be subject to the Public Random Drawing process set forth above.
Alta Vista Community Charter School welcomes the public at its Enrollment Lottery event, although attendance is not required in order for a child to be entered.