Thank you for your interest in The City School!

The City School is a public charter middle school currently serving 350 students in 6th through 8th grades. Founded in 2012 by visionary educators and brought to life through the hard work of dedicated parents, admission is based on a lottery system. Our school is open to all residents of California.

2018-19 Enrollment

Our lottery for 2018-2019 took place on March 14th, 2018 at 5:00PM.  All lottery submissions must have been received by March 8th, 2018 to qualify for the first round of admissions. All applications received after March 8th will be automatically added to our waitlist. 

To check the status of your application in SchoolMint, please click here:

To apply for the waitlist, please click here. (Please note that all applications received after the lottery deadline of March 8th are automatically added to the waitlist.)

Important facts about Charter Schools

  • We are a tuition free, public school and enrollment is open to any resident of the state of California.
  • No person shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, or disability as set forth in Education Code Section §47605(d)(1).
  • School tours and information sessions are available now. Although not a requirement as part of the enrollment process, we highly recommend that prospective parents participate in one of these very informative events. To sign up for a tour, please click here.

How the Lottery Works

Parents who turned in enrollment forms prior to the lottery deadline (March 8, 2018) will be notified via email, text, and/or U.S. mail (if no other contact info provided) of the results of the lottery, which takes place on March 14,2018 for the 2018-19.

Per our Charter (and in accordance with state and federal laws), the following preferences shall be given in the lottery (public random drawing):

  • Students residing within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • Siblings of currently admitted or enrolled students. Siblings are defined as any two students who share a legal parent/guardian.
  • Children of current CLIC staff and board members, as well as children of Founding Parents of CLIC (not to exceed 10% of total enrollment).
  • Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch (for more information, visit  https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/rs/scales1718.asp).
  • Students who reside within the boundaries of Richland Elementary School attendance area (meaning Richland is their 'school of residence' which is defined by LAUSD and can be determined by entering address in resident school finder).

Please note that if you are extended an offer for enrollment through one of the preferences above, you will need to provide supporting documentation in the enrollment packet to accept the enrollment offer. A verification of this will be done prior to finalizing your child’s enrollment. If your child was offered enrollment via a preference and The City School deems that the child does not qualify, your child's offer will be revoked and they will be moved to the bottom of the waiting list.

Please note, if you have been waitlisted, numbers may fluctuate (decrease or increase) as we continue to honor preferences on the waitlist. Honoring these preferences within our lottery and subsequently within our waitlist allows us to ensure educational continuity for families, staff and Board members, to ensure socio-economic diversity that is crucial to our mission, and to prioritize serving students who reside within boundaries of LAUSD, our charter authorizer.

The City School utilizes a software system, SchoolMint, to run the lottery and determine admission according to the approved preferences. SchoolMint executes the lottery procedures to determine admission and establish the order of the waitlist for any grade for which there were more applicants than available capacity. 

The lottery procedure will be monitored by the Executive Director to ensure fair and accurate implementation. Lottery policy is available upon request.

Each year, The City School will conduct a lottery prior to March 31st, publicizing the date, time and location with reasonable notice of at least two weeks before the lottery date.

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