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Our enrollment window for the 2020-2021 school year is now closed.  Our application window for 2021-2022 begins on January 15, 2021. Please contact our Enrollment Coordinator for more information.


Enrollment Coordinator, Andrea Williford



Linscott Charter School Enrollment Policy and Procedures

Board Policy #3000


Linscott Charter School (“LCS”) is a K-8 public school with limited enrollment capacity. LCS has a strong focus on parent participation/education. If there are more applications than school capacity, enrollment, except for pupils currently enrolled LCS, shall be determined by public random drawing (or “lottery”), conducted in accordance with the procedures described below.



In addition to any other requirement imposed under law, LCS shall be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations, shall not charge tuition, and shall not discriminate against any pupil on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or any of the characteristics listed in Education Code Section 220. Admission to LCS is open to any resident of California that is of legal age to attend public school, and as limited by Education Code Section 51747.3, which restricts LCS enrollment to residents of Santa Cruz County and residents of counties immediately adjacent to Santa Cruz County.  LCS admits all pupils who wish to attend as outlined in Education Code Section 47605(d)(2). Every effort is made to enroll students who reflect the diversity of the community and whose families share the educational philosophy of the school as stated in the LCS mission statement. 


Open Application Period

Applications for new students will be accepted during a publicly advertised Open Application Period each year, January 15-March 15, for attendance in the school year to come. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of enrollment in LCS; the application is an entry into the LCS lottery. If an applicant does not submit a signed application by the printed deadline, the applicant will not be entered into the LCS lottery.


Application procedures for returning and prospective students are as follows:



All current students of LCS will be considered enrolled for the following school year, but must submit new enrollment paperwork each school year (e.g., updated contact information, emergency card, etc.). Current LCS parents must contact the Enrollment Coordinator to obtain necessary enrollment paperwork.



All prospective families must submit a completed application within the Open Application Period, January 15-March 15. Submitted applications will be date- and time-stamped by LCS school office personnel and applicant names will be added to an application log to track receipt of all applications in the chronological order received. The application deadline will be posted on the LCS application materials. Applications not received by the posted deadline will not be placed in the LCS lottery, but will be marked with the date and time of receipt and will be added to the waiting list in the chronological order received by LCS.


Parent Academy

All prospective families are required to have at least one family representative attend an orientation called the “Parent Academy” in order to be eligible for enrollment and/or be included in the LCS lottery, should one be needed. LCS will hold the orientation on multiple dates and at a time that is convenient for working families, and may offer additional accommodations to families who are interested in applying but who cannot attend the Parent Academy. 


LCS Lottery

If LCS receives more applications than slots available in the school as determined by the LCS Board of Directors, or Administrative Team, admission shall be determined by a public random drawing (“lottery”) in accordance with Education Code Section 47605(d)(2). Currently enrolled (returning) students of LCS shall be exempted from the lottery and are guaranteed admission in the following school year.


The LCS lottery shall be held by April 15 each year.  LCS will hold the lottery in the evening so that parents who work during the day are able to attend. Public notice of the lottery will be posted on the LCS website, the application form, and any information sheets sent by email regarding the date, time, and location of the lottery, encouraging people to attend.  The lottery shall be held at the LCS campus to ensure maximum parent participation in a public space large enough to safely accommodate all interested families.


Admission preference in the lottery will be given to students in the following order:

  1. Siblings of currently enrolled/returning LCS students*
  2. Children of regular payroll LCS staff members (This does not include special contract or grant- funded personnel.)
  3. Students residing in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District
  4. All other applicants

*Siblings are defined as natural, adopted, or foster bothers/sisters of currently enrolled students.  The sibling must share at least one natural, adoptive, or foster parent with the qualified enrolled student.


Membership in any of the above listed groups does not guarantee admission, but ensures admission preference in the LCS lottery as listed above.


If a student is extended an offer for enrollment through one of the above preferences, LCS shall require supporting documentation from the parent in the student’s enrollment package. LCS shall conduct verification of such documentation prior to finalizing the student’s enrollment. If the student was offered enrollment via a preference and LCS deems that the student does not qualify, the student will be placed on the waiting list. 



At the conclusion of the LCS lottery, all students who were not granted admission due to capacity shall be given the option to put their name on a waitlist according to their draw in the lottery, applying the same admission preferences as listed above. This waitlist will allow students the option of enrollment in the case of an opening, and shall carry over from year-to-year (a “perpetual” waitlist). The waitlist shall permit prospective students to retain their position on the waitlist for the class in which they wish to enroll, providing they adhere to the application procedures and timelines contained herein. Families on the waitlist do not need to submit a new application each year to remain on the waitlist.


Should openings occur throughout the summer, the waitlist will determine the order of enrollment. If an opening occurs, the Enrollment Coordinator will inform the first family on the waitlist and offer to begin the enrollment process. A family may decline an offer once after the beginning of the school year and still maintain their position on the waitlist. If space becomes available for the same child after the start of a different school year and the family again declines, they will be removed from the waitlist.


Admissions Offers and Acceptance of Offers/Registration and Enrollment

Families who were selected during the lottery will immediately be notified by email or phone call of enrollment eligibility and will be required to complete the enrollment/registration packet.  Families who do not submit the enrollment/registration packet by the posted due date will lose enrollment eligibility; the student’s space is no longer reserved and may be filled by the next student on the LCS waitlist.


Kinder Round Up/Orientation

Kinder Orientation will be held in the third week of May and will include all kindergarten students who have been offered enrollment for the following fall. Orientation includes a Practice Kindergarten Day with kinder ready assessments, parent orientation, school tour, etc.


Issues Not Covered Under this Policy

In the case that the procedures herein do not cover a situation that arises during the admissions and enrollment process, the Administrative Team will take any additional steps necessary to execute the admissions and enrollment process.