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At this time, Gabriella Charter School is at capacity for enrollment in Kindergarten through 8th grade. If you wish to have your student(s) added to the wait list for the 2013-2014 school year, please contact the GCS office at (213) 413-5741 to obtain the necessary documents.
How to Enroll for the 2014-2015 School Year
Our public lottery for the 2014-2015 school year will take place on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium. To be included in the public lottery, interested families must submit an original, completed lottery form, including proof of residency (e.g., phone or utility bill) by Thursday, March 6, 2014, no later than 5:00 p.m. Please note that faxed lottery forms will not be accepted. Applicants are welcome to attend the lottery if they choose to do so, but their presence is not required to secure a spot at GCS.
New applications will be required each year for wait-listed students, regardless of a student’s status on the waiting list for the previous year. In other words, all students who are on the current 2013-2014 wait list will need to re-enter the next year's lottery.
Gabriella Charter School is open to all students residing in California who wish to attend the school. If the number of students applying for enrollment exceeds the openings available, entrance is determined by a random public drawing. GCS does not discriminate against any student on the basis of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code.
GCS gives preference to existing students of the school, children who have siblings already enrolled in the school, pupils who reside within the LAUSD attendance area, and the children of GCS employees and board members, not to exceed 10% of the School’s total enrollment. If a child gains admission, any siblings who are also applying will automatically be given the next enrollment slot, if available for their grade, or they will move to the waitlist for their grade. Once a grade level is drawn to capacity, applications will continue to be drawn for position on a wait list.
Enrollment and Wait List Procedures
Within two weeks of the lottery, GCS notifies families in writing of their enrollment status (i.e., offered enrollment or placement on waiting list). Each student offered a space in the following year is required to submit a complete enrollment packet within two weeks of receiving the written notification. Families are encouraged to attend an enrollment intake session after the lottery and before the Confirmation Deadline to assist families in filling out forms.
If a space opens during the course of the year, GCS will contact the family of the student on the top of the waiting list to offer their student admission to the school. Up until two weeks prior to the start of the upcoming school year, the family has ten (10) business days to confirm enrollment and return a completed enrollment packet in person. If a student is notified during the current school year, they will have 72 hours to confirm intent to enroll (via phone or email) and to submit a complete enrollment packet in person. Should the family decline the position, the next family on the list will be contacted until the open position is filled.
Students who are not granted enrollment for the next school year will remain on the waiting list until the end of the school year unless otherwise requested by the parent to be taken off. Students must reapply for the following year if placed on a wait list.
What is the Minimum Age for Admittance to Kindergarten in California?
California Education Code states: "To be admitted to kindergarten, a child must reach the age of five on or before October 1, 2013 for the 2013-14 school year” (California Department of Education, 2013).
Charter schools are public schools that are an enrollment option for all students, including students with disabilities. If you have questions or concerns regarding the enrollment or admissions practices at this or any charter school, please call LAUSD’s Charter Schools Division at (213) 241-0399.
2013-2014 Tour Schedule
GCS is happy to provide parents of prospective students an opportunity to visit our campus. Tours are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, October through February, at 8:30am. To sign up for a tour, please contact the Operations Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org. An important note: please sign up only if you are interested in enrolling your child in the 2014-2015 school year, as space is limited.
If you have further questions regarding enrollment, please email GCS at email@example.com.