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Admission and Withdrawal Process

2018-2019 Enrollment Packet

RCS Admission Process

The Charter School will be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, and all other operations, and will not charge tuition nor discriminate against any student based upon any of the characteristics listed in Education Code Section 220.

The Charter School shall admit all pupils who wish to attend the Charter School. No test or assessment shall be administered to students prior to acceptance and enrollment into the Charter School. The Charter School will comply with all laws establishing minimum and maximum age for public school attendance in charter schools. Admission, except in the case of a public random drawing, shall not be determined by the place of residence of the pupil or his or her parent or legal guardian within the state.

The Charter School shall require students who wish to attend the Charter School to complete an application form. After admission, students will be required to submit an enrollment packet, which shall include the following:

1. Completed student enrollment form

2. Proof of Immunization

3. Home Language Survey

4. Completed Emergency Medical Information Form

5. Proof of minimum age requirements, e.g. birth certificate

6. Release of records

Preference in Admission

Ridgecrest Charter School, CDS 15756301530500, gives preference in admission to students who are currently enrolled in the local elementary school in which Ridgecrest Charter School is located and to students who reside in the elementary school attendance area where Ridgecrest Charter School is located .

Public Random Drawing

Applications will be accepted during a publicly advertised open enrollment period each year for enrollment in the following school year. Following the open enrollment period each year, applications shall be counted to determine whether any grade level has received more applications than availability. In the event that this happens, the Charter School will hold a public random drawing to determine admission for the impacted grade level, with the exception of existing students, who are guaranteed admission in the following school year.

Preference shall be extended to pupils who reside in the district except as provided for in Section 47614.5.

At the conclusion of the public random drawing, all students who were not granted admission due to capacity shall be given the option to put their name on a wait list according to their draw in the lottery. This wait list will allow students the option of enrollment in the case of an opening during the current school year. In no circumstance will a wait list carry over to the following school year.

Public random drawing rules, deadlines, dates and times will be communicated in the application form and on the Charter School’s website. Public notice for the date and time of the public random drawing will also be posted once the application deadline has passed. The Charter School will also inform parents of all applicants and all interested parties of the rules to be followed during the public random drawing process via mail or email at least two weeks prior to the lottery date.

The Charter School will conduct the lottery in the spring for enrollment in fall of that year.

RCS Withdrawal Process

If you are wishing to withdrawal your student from RCS during the current school year, please come into the office and sign a withdrawal form. If you have any question please email Gayle Pietrangelo