Speaking of charters, we are now fully ensconced in what I refer to as “Charter Season.” The time to tour and get your charter school applications in before their deadlines and lotteries.
While not exhaustive, here’s a select list of some of the upcoming elementary school charter application deadlines and lottery dates around town. Most applications can be downloaded online on the school’s website and either mailed in or physically handed in to their office.
Feel free to peruse my color-coded school finder MAPS for individual school contact info and a direct hyperlink onto their websites. All charters are marked in green on my maps.
Remember, independent charters open their lotteries to anyone from any district. Affiliated conversion charters, an LAUSD hybrid type charter, gives first priority to those residing within the school’s attendance area with any remaining seats going up for lottery to non-residents.
All charters give preference to siblings of existing students, and some charters offer other priorities in their lottery structure, such as to founding families, students residing within LAUSD, or students qualifying for Free/Reduced Meal Plan (ie. low socio-economic status.)
Each lottery is independently operated and instituted by each individual charter school. Applications are handled directly with each school site. There are no points involved, thankfully. If you applied and were waitlisted last year, you need to reapply this year.
Ok, here’s that list.
SELECT UPCOMING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHARTER DEADLINES:
(certainly not an exhaustive list and in no particular order)
Pacific Palisades Charter Complex* Schools — apps avail now in each office, deadline March 11th 12p, lottery March 22nd 8:30a *(schools include Canyon, Kenter Canyon, Palisades, Marquez and Topanga Charters)
WISH — apps avail online now, deadline March 6th 6p, lottery March 15th
Goethe — apps avail online now, deadline Feb 28th, lottery in March tbd
Ocean Charter School — apps avail online now, deadline Jan 25th, lottery Feb 27th 10a
Larchmont Hwd — apps avail now online, deadline Feb 20th 4p, lottery Feb 23rd 9a
Larchmont WeHo — apps avail now online, deadline Feb 8th 4p, lottery Feb 23rd 9a
Citizens of the World/Hwd — apps avail online now, deadline March 1st 4p, lottery March 21st 6p
Citizens of the World/Silver Lake — apps avail online now, deadline tbd, lottery April 4th
Citizens of the World/Mar Vista — – info Mtg 1/31 in MV, apps avail online now, deadline March 1st, lottery April 11th
Los Feliz Schl of the Arts — apps avail online, deadline Feb 28 (by mail) or March 5th 12p (in person), lottery March 5th
Valley Charter — apps avail online, deadline Feb 8th 4p, lottery Feb 22nd 5p
Chime — apps avail online now, deadline March 8th 3p, lottery March 15th
Ararat — call 818.994.2904
Our Community Charter — 818.920.5285
Again, please view my school finder maps for more info and links.
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