We currently have openings in 9th grade for the 2022-23 school year. Click HERE to start the enrollment process.
Our Lottery Application period for the 2022-23 school year is now closed. Lottery applications were due on January 31st 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. For up-to-date 2022-23 lottery results, including movement on the waitlist, please login to your Lotterease account.
Our Lottery Application period for the 2023-24 school year will open on December 1st, 2022. This page will be updated with additional information including the 2023-24 lottery date in the coming months. Please email any questions to [email protected]
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 9th 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.
A: To apply, no information is required other than a completed application. For the Free and Reduced Lunch preference, verification of the 2021 W2 must happen prior to the lottery. Birth certificates, immunizations, and other documents are not needed at this time.
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 25th.
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 are invited to tour our Kindergarten-8th grade campus, located at 2680 Mabry Drive, 95835, on January 19th at 6pm. Prospective parents are invited to tour our High School campus, located at 4400 East Commerce Way, 95834, on January 20th at 6pm.
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, 2022.
Q: When is the lottery?
A: The lottery is scheduled for 5:00 pm on March 7, 2022. 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 7, 2022. 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 8, 2022.
Q: How many openings will you have in the lottery?
A: The only known openings will be 105 in kindergarten, 2 in 4th grade, and 38 in 9th grade. For all other grades, we will draw numbers randomly during the Public Random Drawing for positions on the 2022-2023 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 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 7, 2022 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 8, 2022 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, 2021 – Enrollment period begins
January 31, 2022 – Enrollment period closes at 4:00 PM
March 7, 2022 – Public Random Lottery at 5:00 PM
April 8, 2022 – Enrollment packets are due by 4:00 PM.
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