2019-2020 Lottery Update
** Please click HERE for the Admissions Application **
The PCHS lottery will be held in the Library on March 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm. All of the initial available seats have already been filled by applicants from the first four preference categories from our Charter (see below). Therefore, the lottery will determine the order of our waitlist. Should any seats become available, we will begin calling students in order from our waitlist.
Each student entered in our waitlist lottery will be assigned a unique serial number the night of the lottery. We will then run the lottery and the serial numbers will be rapidly displayed on the screen as they are drawn. Immediately following the results being displayed we will upload the results on our website for families to check their place on the waitlist. Our lottery is run by the third-party company with no direct affiliation to PCHS. Although, this lottery is open to the public, families are not required to attend the event. Results will be posted on our website www.palihigh.org
minutes after we hold the lottery and attending has no
bearing on lottery outcomes.
Although, this lottery is open to the public, families are not required to attend the event. Results will be posted on our website soon after we hold the lottery.
ADMISSIONS POLICY FAQs
Q: When can we apply for the 2019-2020 School Year?
A: The PCHS 2019-2020 Admissions Application is now open, please click here to apply! Once you apply please print or take a screenshot (screengrab) of your confirmation number/page.
Q: When is the deadline for the application?
A: The deadline is Feb. 28, 2019.
Q: How can I send my child to Palisades Charter High School?
A: In order to be admitted, you MUST apply. Only one application submission will be accepted per student. Our application and enrollment process does NOT follow a "first come,first served" process. The applications are collected then sorted by preference order.
Q: Who gets admitted to Palisades High?
Based on our charter and a policy adopted by the Palisades Charter High School Board of Trustees, admission is granted to students in the following preference order:
1. Residents, those who reside in Pacific Palisades, Topanga and parts of Brentwood -- download our residency map (pdf) to see our boundaries or type in your address in School Finder
2. Brothers and sisters of current and continuing students
3. Students graduating from Revere Charter Middle School and Paul Revere Magnet
4. Family members of PCHS staff
*5. Students who reside within LAUSD boundaries
*6. All Other Applicants in the state of California
*Will be placed in the lottery See Below*
Q: How many openings will be available in 2019-2020?
A: Based on previous experience, we will have 750 openings in the 9th grade, 50 in the 10th, 50 in the 11th and 50 in the 12th grades. These are only estimates at this time. The numbers vary each year.
Q: What happens if PCHS has more applications than openings?
A: Historically, Palisades has received considerably more applications than there are openings. After all applications have been received, the process of acceptance proceeds according to the preference categories listed above. If we do not have enough slots for a particular *preference category*, all of those students and those in the remaining preference categories will be placed in a lottery to assign the limited number of remaining seats. Once those seats are filled, the remaining students selected at the lottery will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which their name was drawn.
Q: When will we hear if we’re accepted?
A: The first acceptance letters will be sent out in mid March 2019. Families will have 7 days to respond or lose their seat. By mid-March, lottery invitations will be sent to families who were not admitted at this time. Once the 7-day response time has lapsed, we will know how many seats will be filled through the lottery.
Q: When will the lottery be held?
A: The lottery will be held on March 13, 2019* at 6:00 PM in Gilbert Hall at Palisades Charter High School. Those students enrolled through the lottery will then have until mid-April to accept their seat.
*The date was updated February 11, 2019, due to schedule conflicts.
Q: What happens after the lottery?
A: After we have received acceptances from the lottery selections, parents will be contacted via email and/or phone call in late April 2019. The process will continue until all seats are filled for September 2019. The number you are drawn in the lottery determines your wait list order. You can check the progress we are making on our wait list on this site under Admissions, Wait List Update.
Q: Is there transportation available to Pali once a student is accepted?
A: Transportation is not provided to the school. However, parent funded transportation is organized through ATS Transportation. There is a monthly fee that parents pay for their students to ride the bus.