All enrollment to Temecula Preparatory School is filled through a lottery application and lottery pull process, per our charter. The first step to possible enrollment is to submit a lottery application.
- Each year in June, a new lottery application is posted on our website so that parents may apply to the lottery for their child for the next school year. The application remains open until March 31st, unless March 31st falls on a weekend, in which case the deadline is April 1st. After the deadline has passed, we are no longer able to accept applications for the posted application.
- The deadline to apply for the 2023-24 school year has passed, so we are no longer accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year. The deadline was clearly posted on this page, our “Apply” page, and our application.
- 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.
- Always read the application procedures carefully before submitting the application.
- Applications do not roll over from one year to the next.
- Applications are not kept on file. If your child is not school age, outlined below, you should not apply. Your application will be removed.
- There is additional information on what happens after you apply, as well as general application information and lottery pull information on the Application Page in the “Lottery Application and Lottery Pull Q&A section.
SCHOOL ENTRY AGE REQUIREMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- Transitional Kindergarten: A parent can apply for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) if their child is 4 years of age and will turn 5 years of age between September 2 and April 2 (for the 2023-24 school year); and September 2 and June 2 (for the 2024-25 school year). For the 2025-26 school year, a parent can apply for any child who will have their 4th birthday by September 1st.
- Kindergarten: All kindergarten students must be age 5 on or before September 1 of the school year in which the parent/guardian seeks enrollment.
- First Grade: All students must be at least age 6 by September 1 of the school year in which the parent/guardian seeks enrollment in first grade, not to exceed the age of 19, unless the student was continuously enrolled in public school prior to age 19 and the student is being served under the term of an Individualized Education Program, and/or the school or program qualifies for an exemption from the general prohibition on serving students over age 19 and in accordance with the California Education Code §§ 48010, 48011, 48210 and 47612.
District Expulsion: Students who have been expelled from the Charter School’s authorizing district (Temecula Valley Unified School District), where the expulsion order states they must attend a specific school, are not eligible to be admitted to the Charter School.
LOTTERY PULL: 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 1,300 to 1,500 applications yearly. Each April (typically the last week), 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. 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. If you would like to check to see if your address is within TVUSD boundaries, please click here to go to TVUSD’s “Locate Your Home School” feature.
Category 5: All other applicants.
ABOUT THE CATEGORIES: 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, Category 3, Category 4, and Category 5.
ABOUT THE GRADE-LEVELS:
TPS is a TK through 12th grade program. We currently have one TK class, three K through 6th grade classes, and approximately 90 students per grade-level in grades 7-12.
AFTER THE LOTTERY PULL: Once the waiting lists (through the random lottery drawing) have been established, consisting of ALL applicants who submitted an application by the deadline, enrollment is offered based on availability. This process typically begins in early May. 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.
NOTE: 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.
APPLY FOR THE TEMECULA PREPARATORY SCHOOL LOTTERY
The 2023-24 lottery application is now closed as of the deadline, March 31, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. (The 2024-25 will be available in June 2023.)
All students are ensured an equal opportunity for admission in and access to the educational and co-curricular programs. Temecula Preparatory School policies, procedures, and practices ensure that there is no discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender (including sexual harassment), physical or mental disabilities. This is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier for admission and participation in any program. All students have equal education facilities and evaluation procedures, and there shall be equal allocations of vocational education funds. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, all the Vocational Education Programs and activities.
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.