Enrollment

Thank you for your interest in Sebastopol Charter School. Enrollment at our school is by lottery, in accordance with California Education Code as it applies to Charter Schools and per our school’s enrollment policy which appears below.

Each year we offer a number of opportunities to learn more about our school community and about education guided by the Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education. In February, we have our annual Open House and Curriculum Talk on February 3rd at 6:30pm, in addition to monthly enrollment tours (see below for details). Enrollment Lottery Applications are given out at these events, and are due by March 10, 2017, by 3pm, for the 2017-18 school year. The Lottery will be held on Monday, March 13th at 3pm in the school office conducted by our school board President and Executive Director.

In order to be considered for enrollment in Kindergarten, students must turn 5 years old before December 2nd of the year enrolling. Students who turn 5 before May 31st attend one year of Kindergarten. Students who turn 5 between June 1 and December 2, attend two years of Kindergarten.

Enrollment Process:

  • Attend our annual Open House and Curriculum Talk on Friday, February 3rd at 6:30pm, and in addition, if applying for kindergarten, one of our Kindergarten Orientation meetings on either February 8th or February 28th at 7pm held in the kindergarten. These meetings will provide you with an overview of our education and assist you in deciding whether it is the right school for your child. 
  • Obtain an Enrollment Lottery Application (PDF) and turn it in to the school office by 3pm on March 10, 2017 for the 2017-18 Lottery.
  • Contact the school office and sign up for a school tour at 707-824-9700, or email at enrollment@sebastopolcharter.org (see dates below). 

Enrollment Admissions Policy

The lottery is held as required by law and according to our school's charter, with preference given in the following order:

1. Presently enrolled students
2. Children of school staff members
3. Siblings of currently enrolled students
4. Children who live in the Sebastopol Union School District (to check your district, go here: District Look-up) * see below for partial policy
5. All other students residing in California

An applicant will stay on the appropriate waiting list for the year for which you applied, after which time you need to submit another application for the following year if you are still interested in having your child at our school. We do not carry our waiting lists forward. Our open enrollment period is August 15, 2016 through March 11, 2017.

For those seeking more information about education guided by the Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education, please visit our Charter Notes and News page where helpful videos and articles related to Waldorf Education are listed.

* In-District Residence Requirements Board Policy: The student's primary residence as of the date or their application AND as of the date of their submission of their completed enrollment packet lies within SUSD. The in-district residence has been the student's primary residence for at least one month prior to the admission lottery, or the family otherwise demonstrates an intention to continue long-term residency within SUSD. The student's family provides proof of residency by providing the school with two formal documents.

We also require families to be in compliance with SB277, a vaccination requirement for students (1) entering Kindergarten for the first time, (2) entering 7th grade, (3) transferring from out-of-state, or (4) who do not already have a PBE (personal belief exemption) on file with a California school as on December 31, 2015. Full details can be found at: www.shotsforschool.org.

Enrollment Events 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017 - Open House and Curriculum Talk beginning at 6:30 pm at the Main Campus (Parents Only), 200 South Main Street at Burnett – appropriate for parents of all age children.
Kindergarten Orientation Meetings - Please attend ONE of these parent-only meetings on our K-2 campus: February 8th at 7pm or February 28th at 7pm in the kindergarten.

Enrollment Tour Dates

Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 8, April 19.

All tours begin at 8:45 am in our Assembly Hall at our 3-8 Gr. campus (downtown), and end at our K-2 Gr. campus, generally around 11am. Please note, these tours are for adults only. If you are interested in attending one of these tours, please call the office to sign-up.

For more information or questions, please call the office and speak to our enrollment coordinator, Barbara Philipp, at 707-824-9700 ext 301, or email at enrollment@sebastopolcharter.org.