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Application and Lottery Preferences

Application and Lottery Preference Information

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Performing and Fine Arts Academy is fully enrolled, with a waiting list, for the 17-18 School Year.  Applications for the 2017-18 school year will continue to be received through the end of the current school year.  However, only applications received on or before November 17, 2017 at 4pm will be given Priority 7 for the 2018-19 lottery cycle.


If you would like to apply for the 17-18 school year, please visit the mail office at 4600 Blackrock Drive to pick up an application.



Application Information for the 2018-2019 School Year


2018-19 School Year


The 2018-19 Application will be available on December 4, 2017


Thank you for your interest in Natomas Charter School’s Performing and Fine Arts Academy (PFAA). If accepted, your child will be part of a program that combines a rigorous academic education with world-class artistic training. PFAA consists of a middle school program (Grades 6-8) and a High School (Grades 9-12).  Students are introduced to all art forms throughout their training at PFAA and develop a high level of artistic mastery by graduation through a combination of projects, performances, classes, and training. We are excited that you are considering joining our family.


APPLICATION PERIOD Applications will be available online on December 4th, 2017.   Applications must be completed online and submitted through the online system on or before February 9, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.  All documents must be submitted in person by a parent or guardian in order for the application to be considered a qualified application for enrollment. At that time, information will be given about the required audition process. Applicants must attend and pass an audition in order to be placed into the 18-19 lottery. We appreciate your time in completing the application.


MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHTS - We will be hosting 2 evening sessions to bring you information on all of our Natomas Charter School middle school programs, including Leading Edge, PFAA, and PACT.  They will be held Wednesday, December 13th, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Star Academy (4004 Gloster) and Thursday, January 18th, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the NCS Main Campus (4600 Blackrock Drive). No RSVP required.


Family Preview Day - If you would like to get a first-hand look at our program, Family Preview Day is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30th, 8:45-10:30 a.m. Start your visit by watching some PFAA student performances and getting information about the program from Mathew DeMeritt, the Performing and Fine Arts Academy Coordinator, and some of our fantastic students and teachers. After you have had an opportunity to chat and ask questions you will be able to tour our campus, visit classrooms, view student displays and meet with teachers.  


LOTTERY - The lottery for the 2018-19 school year will be held in March (Date TBD). in the Media Center (Building B) on the Natomas Charter School main campus.  The public is welcome to attend; children under the age of 18 (including PFAA students and alumni) must remain outside during the lottery.



Application Preferences


The public random drawings shall be conducted in stages in accordance with the following preferences in the priority order listed below.  These preferences are authorized in accordance with applicable law.


Priority 1: Students currently attending the specific academy shall be automatically re-enrolled for the following year. 4

Priority 2: Children of NCS Full-Time Employees and/or current Board of Directors.

  1. Who reside in Natomas Unified School District (“District” or “NUSD”)  5,6
  2. Who reside outside the District.

Priority 3: Applicants for the Performing and Fine Arts Academy who score in the top 15% of the audition criteria. 7

Priority 4: Siblings of students who currently attend the same academy to which the applicant is applying.8

  1. Who reside in NUSD
  2. Who reside outside the District.

Priority 5: Siblings of students who currently attend an NCS academy other than the one to which the applicant is applying.

  1. Who reside in NUSD
  2. Who reside outside the District.

Priority 6: Students currently enrolled in NCS who have successfully completed the previous full school year in an NCS academy other than the academy for which the applicant applied.9

  1. Who reside in NUSD
  2. Who reside outside the District.

Priority 7: Students on the waitlist from the previous year for the same academy for which the applicant applied.

  1. Who reside in NUSD
  2. Who reside outside the District

Priority 8: All other applicants residing within the NUSD.

Priority 9: All other out-of-District applicants.


If an application has been intentionally misrepresented, the application shall be invalidated.  Upon notice, the applicants will, however, be granted an opportunity to respond within 5 school days.    


Lottery Drawing Within Preferences


If the number of applications within a preference priority exceeds that academy’s established capacity (and there are no other lower ranked priority status student applications), application acceptance shall be determined by a public random drawing of the students within the preference category.


Issues Not Covered Under this Policy


In the case that these procedures herein do not cover a situation that arises during the admissions process, the Executive Director will take any additional steps necessary to execute the admissions process consistent with the schools charter approved by the District’s Board of Trustees.



4 Any right to re-enrollment in the next grade level is subject to the expulsion and retention policies of NCS.

5 ”Children” are defined as a biological, adopted, or foster son or daughter or stepson or daughter through marriage, residing within the same household.

6 The NCS Board of Directors shall include all elected/appointed Board members and elected/appointed Advisors to the Board.

7 The established “top15%” may be modified by the school’s administration.  No more than 33% of a specific grade level, or openings for a specific grade level, will be comprised of students who have received an audition preference.

8 “Sibling” is defined as any brother or sister (either blood, step, adopted, or foster) residing within the same household as the student and/or alumni.   Twins shall not receive any preference other than the established “Sibling” preference.

9 “Full school year” is defined as having attended for the full school year or a combination of attendance and on the waitlist for a full year.

If an application has been intentionally misrepresented, the application shall be invalidated. Upon notice, the applicants will, however, be granted an opportunity to respond within 5 school days.