2019/20 Enrollment Application Information
Westlake Charter School’s Lottery Application Period is now open! Lottery applications are due on or before January 31st at 4:00 PM.
Lottery applications are submitted online. You do not need to submit applications in person. Computers are available in the front office of our campus (located at 2680 Mabry Drive, Sacramento, CA 95835) for those who would like assistance.
1. Register yourself as a user in Lotterease. Make note of your username and password.
2. You will be prompted to add a child. Add their first, middle, and last name as well as their date of birth.
3. Select School “Westlake Charter School”.
4. Select the Lottery Name – this is the grade level your student will be in for the 2019-2020 school year.
5. Select all preferences that apply.
6. Submit the application. You will receive email confirmation with your lottery number.
7. If you have additional students, repeat steps 2-6 by clicking “Add a sibling”. Please note that each child needs to have one application on file by the due date and time. Multiple births (e.g. twins) must each have their own application and each will be handled separately like any other sibling.
Note – all preferences will be validated prior to the Public Random Lottery. In order to receive the “Title One” or “Free or Reduced Lunch” preference, income will be verified prior to the Public Random Lottery.
Q: When does the enrollment period begin?
A: Our enrollment period begins on December 3, 2018 with the release of our application. Completed applications are due on or before January 31, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Applications will be available on this site or at joinwestlake.com. Applications will be completed digitally. Families can complete the application from home, or can come into the office during business hours to receive application assistance.
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 the 2018 W2 must happen prior to the lottery. Birth certificates, immunizations, and other documents are not needed at this time.
Q: Can I mail or fax my application in?
A: No. All applications will be submitted online.
Q: Can I take a tour of the campus?
A: We will have an open campus observation day on January 17th, 2019. There are 2 tour times: 9:00am and 1:00pm. Each guided tour takes approximately 1 hour. No appointment is necessary. Please make arrangements for childcare for your children as this is a parent only observation. We will also have an information night where application assistance will be available on January 17th at 6:00 PM.
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, 2019. We will not be able to process any applications for students who don’t meet the state requirement.
Q: When is the lottery?
A: The lottery is scheduled for 5:00 pm on March 4, 2019. The lottery will be held at 2680 Mabry Drive, Sacramento, CA 95835. The lottery is open to the public, however children are not allowed. You do not need to be present.
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 4. 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 5.
Q: How many openings will you have in the lottery?
A: The only known openings will be 105 in kindergarten. For all other grades, we will draw numbers randomly during the Public Random Drawing for positions on the 2019-2020 waitlist. Should an opening become available, we will contact families in order of the waitlist number. Each family is given 24 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 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 4, 2019 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 12, 2019 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 3, 2018 – Enrollment period begins
January 17, 2019 – Campus tours and information night. There are 2 tour times: 9:00am and 1:00pm. Each guided tour takes approximately 1 hour. No appointment is necessary. Please make arrangements for childcare for your children as this is a parent only observation. We will also have an information night where application assistance will be available on January 17th at 6:00 PM.
January 31, 2019 – Enrollment period closes at 4:00 PM
March 4, 2019 – Public Random Lottery at 5:00 PM
April 12, 2019 – Enrollment packets are due by 4:00 PM.
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 8th 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.
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