Enrollment Guidelines

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All students who reside in the state of California are eligible for admission to the Novato Charter School.

Application Procedure

Parents of prospective students shall complete and submit an online application by the established deadline.  A paper application will be provided if online access is prohibitive.  Complete online application here.

Parents of prospective students are strongly encouraged to attend a school tour prior to the lottery date, and to carefully consider the School and Family Partnership Agreement before applying.

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If there are more applications than spaces available in any grade level, NCS will hold a lottery at the completion of the open enrollment period.

All applications shall be separated by grade level and enrollment priority as follows:

1.      Existing students of NCS

2.      Children of full-time NCS employees

3.      Siblings of currently enrolled NCS students.

4.      New applicants residing in the NUSD.

5.      New applicants residing outside of the NUSD.

When an opening occurs applicants will be notified via telephone in order of wait-list rank, to determine their interest, and complete the enrollment process. After direct contact has been made, applicants will be given one (1) business day to respond. Should they fail to accept or fail to respond, NCS will offer the opening to the next in rank.

Completing the enrollment procedure includes a family conference (all grades), and an orientation (kindergarten only).

NCS has the right to refuse admission to any child whose birth date falls outside of the age requirements in each grade level.

All steps in the application process must be completed every year for admission consideration.

Any information that is misrepresented on the Application for Admission could invalidate eligibility for enrollment in the Novato Charter School.


NCS follows a developmental approach and therefore has different requirements for minimum age in each grade level. Grades are determined by the ages and dates listed below.

Kindergarten A/Transitional Kindergarten: 5 years old between June 2nd and December 2nd of the school year for which the applicant is seeking enrollment
Kindergarten B: 5 years or older by June 1st, prior to the school year for which the applicant is seeking enrollment
First Grade: 6 years or older by June 1 prior
Second Grade: 7 years or older by June 1 prior
Third Grade: 8 years or older by June 1 prior
Fourth Grade: 9 years or older by June 1 prior
Fifth Grade: 10 years or older by June 1 prior
Sixth Grade: 11 years or older by June 1 prior
Seventh Grade: 12 years or older by June 1 prior
Eighth Grade: 13 years or older by June 1 prior

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Students with Special Needs

NCS complies with all applicable state and federal laws in serving students with disabilities including but not limited to Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act. The Charter School intends to function as a “public school of the local education agency (LEA) that granted the charter” for purposes of providing special education and related services pursuant to Education Code Section 47641 (b)

NCS complies with all applicable federal law in regard to services and the education of English Language Learner (ELL) students. NCS develops, implements, and maintains policies and procedures for the provision of services to ELL students in accordance with state and federal mandates.

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