All enrollment to Temecula Preparatory School is filled via a lottery application and lottery pull process*, per our charter. Each year, a lottery application is posted on our website so that parents may apply to the lottery for their child for the next school year. Each year in June, a new lottery application for the upcoming school year is posted on our website for the next school year and it remains open until March 31st (unless March 31st falls on a weekend, in which case the deadline is April 1st). We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. The deadline to apply and the school year that we are accepting lottery applications for is clearly posted on our website and application.
*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 the charter school’s permanent staff
Category 3: Siblings of currently enrolled TPS students
Category 4: Temecula Valley Unified School District residents
Category 5: All other applicants
(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 4 and Category 5. 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. Applications do not roll over from one year to the next.
Students who become enrolled at TPS do not have to submit a lottery application for the upcoming school year. Currently enrolled students automatically roll into the next grade-level. Siblings of currently enrolled TPS students who are not yet enrolled, MUST have an application submitted in order to be pulled in the lottery and be placed on the waiting list in hopes for enrollment.
APPLYING FOR THE TEMECULA PREPARATORY SCHOOL LOTTERY:
The 2019-20 lottery application is no longer available. If you would like to apply for the 2020-21 school year, please check back in June 2019. Once the 2020-21 application is available, read the bulleted information below and then CLICK HERE to visit the “Apply” page.
- TPS applications must be received online. Paper applications are not accepted. We are happy to assist you in the TPS office if you need assistance submitting an application.
- Please read the application procedures carefully and submit before the required deadline.
- The deadline to apply for the 2019-20 school year was on April 1, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.
Temecula Preparatory School does not discriminate and acknowledges its obligation to offer eligible students a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) in the least restrictive environment (“LRE”) in compliance with state and federal laws. Before your child is enrolled in Temecula Preparatory School, you are not required to disclose to us whether your child has a disability or provide a copy of his/her IEP or Section 504 plan to our school. However, soon after your child is enrolled in our school, we will ask for this information to ensure your child is offered a FAPE in the LRE. So, we recommend that parents be ready to provide us with a copy of a student’s last agreed upon and implemented IEP as soon as they are notified their child has been enrolled in Temecula Preparatory School.