Our 2023-24 Lottery Application Period is now closed. Lottery applications were due on January 31st, 2022 at 4:00 PM.
Applications will now be accepted to be added to the bottom of the waitlist. Click HERE to be added to the waitlist. The lottery application period opens on December 1st each year.
Our Public Random Lottery was held at 5:00 PM on Monday, March 13, 2023. For up-to-date lottery results, including movement on the waitlist, please login to your Lotterease account.
Email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
Why enroll at Westlake Charter School
If you are new to Charter Schools, you may not know that Westlake Charter School is a public, tuition-free school just like the school down the street. Charter Schools have flexibility in being able to offer individualized programs, and Westlake Charter School, offers Art, Spanish and Physical Education – instructed by credentialed teachers – to all students, starting in Kindergarten and continuing through 10th grade. Westlake Charter has the smallest class sizes in Natomas, and has been recognized by the California Department of Education for our Project Based Learning instructional model. Charter Schools are held to the same accountability measures as traditional schools, meaning that we need to make sure we are providing challenging programs and increasing the academic excellence of all of our students.
Q: What information is required for the application?
A: To apply, no information is required other than a completed application. For the Free and Reduced Lunch preference, verification of a the most-current W2 must happen prior to the lottery. Birth certificates, immunizations, and other documents are not needed at this time.
Q: Can I add my student to the 2022/23 waitlist?
A: Our 2022/23 Lottery Application waitlist is now closed for all grades except for incoming 9th graders. If you are interested in enrolling your student in the 9th grade for the 2022-23 school year, please email [email protected].
Q: How are preferences verified?
A: Preferences are verified by office staff during the month of February. Once preferences are verified, all applicants will receive an email confirming their preferences. No reply is necessary to this email if all preferences are correct. You must email [email protected] or call 916-567-5760 no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, February 24th.
Q: Can I mail or fax my application in?
A: No. All applications will be submitted online. Email [email protected] or call 916-567-5760 for assistance with applications.
Q: Can I take a tour of the campus?
A: Prospective parents will be invited to tour our Kindergarten-8th grade campus, located at 2680 Mabry Drive, 95835, and our High School campus, located at 4400 East Commerce Way, 95834, in January, 2023.
Q: What is the age requirement for enrollment for kindergarten?
A: State law requires that incoming kindergarten students are 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2023. Families with children who don’t meet the age requirements may want to consider one of the many pre-kindergarten programs available in our area.
Q: When is the lottery?
A: The lottery is scheduled for 5:00 pm on March 13, 2023. We will announce if the event will be virtual or in person. The public is welcome to attend; your presence is not required.
Q: If we are not able to attend the lottery how do we find out if our number is chosen?
A: Lottery results will be available after the lottery takes place on March 13, 2023. They will be available on the Lotterease website, and all families will receive email notification for the status of their applications. Lottery results will be posted on our website and at our campus on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.
Q: How many openings will you have in the lottery?
A: The only known openings will be 105 in kindergarten, as well as a handful in 4th grade and at the High School. For all other grades, we will draw numbers randomly during the Public Random Drawing for positions on the 2023-2024 waitlist. Should an opening become available, we will contact families in order of the waitlist number. Each family is given 72 hours to accept enrollment before we move to the next family on the waitlist.
Q: Can I put my child on the waitlist?
A: Once our 2023/24 lottery is complete and waitlists are generated, we can add students to the waitlist in the order that the request(s) are received.
Q: Can I volunteer or make a financial donation to the school to increase my student’s chances in the lottery?
A: No. While you are always welcome to volunteer at Westlake Charter School (subject to the WCS Volunteer Policy) and to participate in any community or fundraising event, it is illegal for us to accept volunteer time or financial contributions in exchange for lottery preference.
Q: If my student is selected through the lottery, how do we enroll?
A: Enrollment packets will be available immediately following the Public Random Drawing on Monday, March 13, 2023 for students drawn in the Public Random Drawing. The enrollment packet requests further information about the student and documentation of information provided in this application (i.e. birth certificate, immunizations, medical information). The Enrollment packet MUST be completed and returned to the WCS office with all required documentation by 4:00 PM on Friday, April 7, 2023 in order to secure the student’s enrollment in WCS. Enrollment will be forfeited if the completed packet is not received by the deadline. There will be no exceptions to this deadline.
December 1, 2022 – Enrollment period begins
January 31, 2023 – Enrollment period closes at 4:00 PM
March 13, 2023 – Public Random Lottery at 5:00 PM
April 7, 2023 – Enrollment packets are due by 4:00 PM.
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