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Thank you for your interest in Valley Charter School.  Apply today: visit our application platform on Schoolmint.
If you do not already have a Schoolmint account, you will need to create one by selecting “Create an Account" and follow the (very simple) steps provided.  Please remember to select the correct school year.
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The application window for the 2023-24 school year closed on February 16, 2023.  We are now accepting post-lottery applications.
We are still accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year. 
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If you have questions regarding the enrollment process at Valley Charter School, please call the school office or email [email protected].
Lottery Information
Charter schools are not allowed to discourage a pupil from enrolling or seeking to enroll in a charter school because the pupil exhibits any characteristics such as students with disabilities, academically low-achieving, English learners, neglected or delinquent, homeless, socially economically disadvantaged, foster youth, or based on nationality, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Charter schools are not allowed to request a pupil's records before enrollment or encourage a child who is enrolled in a charter school to disenroll or transfer to another school. A parent, guardian, or pupil (18 years or older) may file a Charter School Complaint Form to the authorizing entity if they suspect the charter school is in violation of Education Code (EC)Section 47605(d)(4). If you wish to fill out a complaint form, please download a form from the "about us" section of this website, or visit the school office. 
Elementary School 
Enrollment is determined by a random public drawing (lottery), which is open to all residents of California. Students must be age 5 on or before September 1st, 2022 to be admitted for the 2022-2023 school year. This means that for Kindergarten, a child must have been born on or before September 1, 2017, in order to be enrolled in September 2022.
Elementary School Priority Enrollment
In the event of a public random drawing, admissions exemptions and preferences will be as follows: 
  1. Existing students (exempt) 
  2. Siblings of existing students (exempt) 
  3. Children of faculty (preference)* 
  4. Students who qualify for federal school assistance programs under Title I (preference), not to exceed 25% of total enrollment 
  5. Students who attend Gledhill Elementary School, or who live in the Gledhill Street School attendance area (preference) 
  6. Residents of the District (preference) 
Middle School
VCMS offers priority enrollment for certain groups of applicants. No person shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic group identification, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or disability. 
Middle School Priority Enrollment 
  1. In the event of a public random drawing, admissions exemptions and preferences will be as follows: 
  2. Existing students (exempt) 
  3. Siblings of existing students (exempt) 
  4. Children of faculty (preference)* 
  5. Students who reside in the attendance area of Andres & Maria Cardenas Elementary School. (preference) 
  6. Residents of the District (preference) 
*Children of faculty will not constitute more than 10% of the school’s enrollment. 
Supporting Documentation 
If you are extended an offer for priority enrollment, you will need to provide supporting documentation in the enrollment packet to accept the enrollment offer. Verification of your priority will be done prior to finalizing your child’s enrollment. If your child is offered priority enrollment and VCMS deems that the child does not qualify, your child will remain on the waitlist. Once enrollment is reached, the remaining names will continue to be assigned numbers and will be placed on a “waitlist” in order. If vacancies occur during the school year, the vacancies will be filled according to the order of the waitlist. Every family in the random public drawing will be notified of their waitlist number by email or telephone. As spaces become available, parents will be notified by U.S. mail, phone call, or email. Families will be given a deadline by which to accept the spot and request an enrollment packet. 
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