Attending a Charter School

  • a young girl smiling for the camera Students who wish to attend a charter school must apply. The process depends on the student's grade level, but the first step is to identify the school or schools of interest.

    Please note that, except for incoming 6th- or 9th-grade students applying to attend charter schools that participate in the choice (rather than school-based) lottery, the deadline to apply to attend a charter school for the 2017-18 school year is February 10, 2017.

    If the number of applicants exceeds the number of students the school can serve, the school will conduct a random admissions lottery during the week of February 13 and inform families of the lottery outcome by March 3. If, however, the school receives fewer applications than it has available spaces, it may continue to accept students after the application deadline until such time as the school is filled.

    For pre-k

    Not all charter schools offer pre-k, but those that do have a two-step application process. Families should first apply to the charter school of choice by the charter school application deadline, and then complete the district pre-k registration process.

    For kindergarten and grades 1 to 5, 7, 8 and 10 to 12

    Charter schools accept applications directly for students entering these grades. Families should consider applying for all schools that interest them so that they have multiple opportunities to be selected in a lottery. Visit each school's website to obtain application information and forms.

    For grades 6 and 9

    For students entering 6th or 9th grade, City Schools offers school choice. Rising 6th- and 9th-grade students receive information about their options — including charter and other school types — and decide on the schools they would most like to attend. Depending on the charter schools of interest, the student may then apply through the choice process or directly to the schools themselves.