Each year, a lottery application is posted on our website so that parents may apply for their child or children for the upcoming school year. The 2016-17 application is no longer available as the deadline to apply was April 1, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. The 2017-18 lottery application is now available. Please CLICK HERE if you wish to apply. The deadline to apply for the 2017-18 school year is on March 31, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
If more students apply for an upcoming school year than there are spaces available, a random, public lottery drawing will be used to create a waiting list. This has always been the case for TPS as we average between approximately 1,500 to 1,800 applications yearly.
Each April, the random, public lottery drawing is held and all applications received for the upcoming school year are pulled by grade level and category. As per Education Code 47605, enrollment priorities for TPS are as follows:
Category 1: Currently enrolled TPS students (Please note that currently enrolled TPS students do not need to submit a new lottery application from year to year. Category 1 students are automatically enrolled in the upcoming school year and are not pulled in the lottery.)
Category 2: Children of permanent staff and board members at TPS
Category 3: In-district* siblings of currently enrolled TPS students
Category 4: In-district* children of TPS graduates
Category 5: All other District* residents
Category 6: Out-of-district** siblings of currently enrolled TPS students
Category 7: Out-of-district** children of TPS graduates
Category 8: Other out-of-district** students
* "In-district and "District" refers to applicants who reside within the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) boundaries.
** "Out-of-district" refers to applicants who reside in any other school district outside of TVUSD.
(If you would like to check to see if your address is within TVUSD boundaries, please click on the following link to utilize TVUSD's "Locate Your Home School" feature.)
The two categories that make up the majority of the applications received are Category 5 and Category 8. The other categories make up a very small percentage of the applications received. For lottery purposes, the first group to be pulled will be from Category 2, then Category 3, and so on.
Once the waiting lists have been established (through the random lottery drawing), enrollment is offered based on availability. Spots become available when a student leaves TPS at the end of the school year or during the school year. If that occurs, the first person on the waiting list for the grade level where the vacancy has occurred will be offered the spot. If that applicant declines the spot or does not respond to the offer, the next person on the waiting list is contacted. This process continues until the spot is filled. Deadlines to reply and accept an offer are given with each offer of enrollment.