ADMISSIONS POLICY FAQs
Q: When can we apply for the 2018-2019 School Year?
A: The Admissions application window opens October 2, 2017.
Q: When is the deadline for the application?
A: The deadline is Feb. 28, 2018.
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 2018-19?
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 you have 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. Up to 200 names will be drawn the night of the lottery.
Q: When will we hear if we’re accepted?
A: The first acceptance letters will be sent out in mid March 2018. 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 14, 2018 at 6:30 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.
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 2018. The process will continue until all seats are filled for September 2018. 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 Tumbleweed Transportation. There is a monthly fee that parents pay for their students to ride the bus.