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.

2021-22 Enrollment

Our lottery for 2021-2022 school year will take place on March 5th, 2021 at 6:00PM at The City School. All lottery submissions must be received by February 28, 2021 at 11:59pm to qualify for the first round of admissions. All applications received after February 28th will be automatically added to our waitlist. 

All lottery entrants will receive an email and/or text message (depending on preferences entered in lottery application) with their enrollment status immediately following the lottery, however the lottery is open to the public. For those families who do not provide a phone number or email address, a physical letter will be mailed within 2 weeks of the lottery informing them of their lottery results & status.

2020-21 Waitlist (Current Year)

The lottery for 2020-21 took place in March 2020. However, enrollment spaces often open up throughout the year, so we encourage you to put your student on the waitlist if you are interested in attending during the 2020-21 school year. When applying for the waitlist, please be sure to select the 2020-21 school year when prompted and you will be contacted if a space becomes available. 

Please note: You must apply separately for each school year, the waitlist does not carryover. If you are on the 2020-21 waitlist, you should ALSO apply for 2021-22 Enrollment.

Important facts about The City School

  • 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 (February 28, 2020) 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 6, 2020 for the 2020-21.

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 staff and children of City Charter Schools' Board Members
  • Children of Founding Parents of The City School (not to exceed 10% of total enrollment; were determined during "Founding Period" per LAUSD policy)
  • Students who reside within the boundaries of Baldwin Hills Elementary School attendance area (meaning Baldwin Hills is their 'school of residence' which is defined by LAUSD and can be determined by entering address in resident school finder).
  • Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch (for more information and to determine if you are eligible, visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/rs/scales1920.asp).

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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