The O'Farrell Charter School

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Admissions & Lottery Process

Admission and Lottery (Public Random Drawing) Process


The O’Farrell Charter School (OCS) is open to all students who meet the minimum age requirements and reside within the boundaries of San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) and other local districts.


The open enrollment period for the 2018-2019 academic year will begin December 1, 2017, and end December 31, 2017. An additional open enrollment period may be added from January 1, 2018, to February 28, 2018.


Parents/guardians interested in having their children attend OCS in 2018-2019 must submit a separate Lottery Form for each child via mail, fax, in person, or online.


If the number of new students who wish to attend OCS exceeds available spots, admission will be determined by a lottery (public random drawing) with preference given to children of OCS staff, siblings of currently enrolled OCS students, and children who reside within the boundaries of SDUSD. The lottery will occur within 30 calendar days of the last day of the open enrollment period. The lottery will take place at OCS at 6130 Skyline Drive, San Diego, California 92114.


A community member who is not employed by OCS and does not have children enrolled at OCS will be selected to conduct the lottery. OCS will announce the number of openings available at each grade level. A unique identification number may be assigned to each child's name so that the waiting list can be displayed. The lottery shall continue until all of the identification numbers are drawn. The identification numbers drawn after open spaces are filled will be placed on a waiting list in the order drawn.


As a space becomes available, the parent listed on the Lottery Form will be contacted in the order of the waiting list. The parent will be given seven calendar days to indicate an intention to enroll. If the parent fails to respond or is no longer interested, the parent of the next child on the waiting list will be contacted. The waiting list is terminated annually.


Parents are encouraged to volunteer at OCS. However, OCS does not require parental volunteer hours as a criterion for admission or continued enrollment.


Final offers of admission will be granted upon completion of an in-person registration meeting and submission of all necessary documents, including the child's immunization records