Affiliated Charter Schools are semi-autonomous District public schools that converted to affiliated charter status via a charter petition process. The schools are authorized by the L.A. Unified Board of Education. Affiliated Charter Schools are governed by the Board of Education and operate in accordance with District policy, Board Rules, state and federal law, collective bargaining agreements, and Human Resources/Personnel Commission guidelines. Affiliated Charter Schools receive direct oversight by a Local District Office and the L.A. Unified Charter Schools Division. The schools are given flexibility in the utilization of the charter school categorical block grant; areas of curriculum and professional development; some aspects of local school governance; and some aspects of employee selection.
What are the goals of the instructional program?
Each Affiliated Charter School has specific goals for the instructional program outlined in the school’s charter petition and in the school’s annually revised Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
Who is eligible?
All students that reside in the State of California are eligible to apply to attend an Affiliated Charter School. However, the school must first serve students that reside within the Affiliated Charter School’s former attendance boundary. Parents who live in the Affiliated Charter School’s resident attendance boundary do not need to apply and directly contact the school for enrollment.
Parents who live outside of the Affiliated Charter School’s attendance boundary apply through the Unified Enrollment application. The school, in coordination with the District, determines if additional space is available. If there is more interest in enrollment from non-resident families than there is space available, the school must hold a random public lottery for the remaining spaces. In the lottery, the remaining spaces are offered to students that live within L.A. Unified’s attendance boundary before other students. It is not necessary to use the District’s permit process to apply or be selected for admission to an Affiliated Charter School.
How are students selected?
Parents must apply during the on-time application window online at http://goto.lausd.net or by submitting a paper application.
To apply to multiple Affiliated Charter Schools, you must apply online.
When applying to multiple Affiliated Charter Schools, there is no order of preference, on-time applicants will be entered into the lottery at each school they applied to.
The school will publish the date and time of the lottery on their website and in the main office.
Attendance at the lottery is preferred but is not required.
All lotteries will be conducted in the month of February, annually.
At the lottery, all applications will be grouped in priority order and randomly pulled to fill the remaining available spaces and to generate a waiting list. Students will remain on the waiting list for one school year only.
In addition to District-wide priorities, each affiliated charter school may have additional lottery priorities included in their individual charter petition.
If the space available exceeds the number of interested families (i.e. 30 spaces available and 10 families apply), a lottery is not needed. Those families will be contacted to complete the enrollment process within the appropriate timeline.
Is there transportation?
TRANSPORTATION IS NOT PROVIDED FOR AFFILIATED CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Students with disabilities enrolling in an Affiliated Charter School will have access to transportation if the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) requires transportation.
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), foster youth in out-of-home care, as defined, and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to receive transportation to and from their school of origin. Please contact Student Support Programs at (213) 241- 3840 for more information and/or assistance.
Who can I contact for more information?
Please contact the specific Affiliated Charter School about the instructional program, goals, and public random lottery process. Please contact the Charter Schools Division for other inquiries at (213) 241-0399.
Do NOT use the Unified Enrollment application for Independent Charter Schools. Questions about independent charter schools (a public school independent of, but authorized by, L.A. Unified) which are not part of the Unified Enrollment application, may be directed to the Charter Schools Division office.
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