Admissions and Lottery
Founded in 1999 and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Pacific Collegiate School is a college preparatory, public charter school for grades 7-12. Our target population is middle and high school-age students who seek an exemplary, standards-based college preparatory and fine arts education. We attract highly motivated students who flourish in a supportive and academically challenging environment.
PCS has an open admissions policy: admissions in all grades is non-selective and is determined through public implementation of a once-a-year lottery. Current enrollment is 550 in grades 7-12; there are 88 seniors in the Class of 2021. 41 full and part-time professionals make up the teaching faculty, 73% with advanced degrees. The average student/teacher ratio is 20:1.
Enrollment parameters for 2021-22:
•Target Enrollment is 564.
•Maximum Grade Size (for lottery purposes) for all grades is 94 students.
•If projected enrollment for a particular grade is at maximum on Lottery date, lottery entrants for that grade will be wait-listed in the order drawn.
Per the school’s charter, admission to PCS is determined by lottery, after certain admissions preferences are exercised.
1. Thirty percent (30%) of seats in the 7th Grade are reserved for applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations, further prioritized in the following order1:
- Siblings of current PCS students who are both first-generation college-bound applicant2 and free/reduced-price meal eligible3.
- Non-siblings who are both first-generation college-bound applicants and free/reduced-price meal eligible.
- Siblings of current PCS students who are either first-generation college-bound applicants or free/reduced-price meal eligible.
- Non-siblings who are either first-generation college-bound applicants or free/reduced-price meal eligible.
2. Children of current faculty or staff of PCS.
3. Siblings of current pupils of PCS, or surviving siblings of any student deceased while enrolled at PCS.
4. Children of current or past members of the PCS Board of Directors.
5. Residents of the Santa Cruz City Secondary Schools District 4 .
How the lottery works:
● All lottery entrants will receive a lottery number once they fill out the lottery application (and supporting documents) and create an account online at pcslotteryapp.com. This number is the number entered into the lottery on 3/2/2021.
● All lottery entrants will be asked to review and confirm the content of their application.
● On the night of the lottery, the numbers are submitted for each grade via our lottery software through Smart Choice Technologies and placed on a list in the order generated.
● Excluding 7th grade, which has a predetermined number of spots open, seats are filled from the list created by the lottery as they open up. In other words, from a wait list.
● For the fall semester, seats may be filled up until the 3rd week of school. In January, some students may be admitted to fill vacant seats. Their admission will be based on an appropriate class schedule being available for that student.
● Applications must be submitted online no later than 3:00 PM on 2/16/2021.
● Submissions of the application guarantees entry into the lottery which will be held at 5:00 PM on 3/2/2021.
● You may view the results of the lottery by logging into your application and seeing if you were offered a seat or what your number is on the waitlist. Applicants offered a seat will receive a notification and a link with an Enrollment Form via email.
● Forms submitted after the lottery will place a student on the waiting list is the order that they are received.
In order to accept an offered seat, an applicant must fully complete and submit an Enrollment Form utilizing the link sent by PCS within 24 hours of enrollment offer. Thank you for your interest in Pacific Collegiate School. For more information on PCS, please visit our school website at pacificcollegiate.com.
1 An eligible applicant for this preference who is not selected OR who does not provide or show the documentation of the preference as described herein, may then receive preference in the lottery in accordance with other preferences listed, here.
2 A “first-generation college-bound applicant” is defined as one whose parents’ or chief guardians’ highest level of education is less than a bachelor’s degree. All applicants seeking to avail themselves of the “first-generation college-bound applicant” preference must submit an affidavit by each known and living parent or chief guardian no later than 3:00 PM on 2/16/21. Affidavits must be provided via email to the PCS Registrar at email@example.com.
3 As established by http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/rs/scales2021.asp as of date of the application. All applicants seeking to avail themselves of the “free/reduced price meal eligible” preference shall show documentation of free/reduced prime meal eligibility to the PCS Registrar no later than 3:00 PM on 2/16/21. Acceptable documentation shall be any documentation allowed by the California Department of Education as “Acceptable Verification Documentation” and published on http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sn/verification .asp. The PCS Registrar shall certify that she has been shown acceptable verification documentation for each applicant seeking to avail themselves of the free/reduced
price meal eligible preference. To set an appointment to show verification documentation with the PCS Registrar, contact the PCS Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 Residents of the Santa Cruz City Secondary Schools District are awarded a weighted advantage in the lottery process such that their chances of being selected are greater than those of out-of-district applicants.