PCS is a public school and therefore has an open admissions policy: admission in all grades is non-selective, and is determined through public implementation of a once-a-year lottery. For further information regarding our lottery procedures, click here. The only two requirements to enter the lottery are to 1. fill out the application online by the deadline, 3/5/2020 and 2. attend an information meeting if you have not done so in the last years. You may still apply for the lottery after the deadline, your application will be added to the wait list in order received.
Preference in the public random drawing for Grades 7-12 shall be given to the following students in the following order.
1. Applicants From Traditionally Underrepresented Populations. Thirty percent (30%) of seats in the 7th Grade are reserved for applicants to the 7th Grade from traditionally underrepresented populations, further prioritized as follows:
a. A first rank priority for this preference shall be established for applicants who are siblings of current pupils of Pacific Collegiate School and both an FRPM eligible applicant and a first-generation college-bound applicant.
b. A second rank priority (if space remains after the application of the first ranking preference) shall be established for non-sibling applicants to the 7th grade who are both an FRPM eligible applicant and a first-generation college-bound applicant.).
c. A third rank priority (if space remains after the application of the first two ranking preferences) shall be established for applicants who are siblings of current pupils of Pacific Collegiate School and either an FRPM eligible applicant or a first- generation college-bound applicant.
d. A fourth ranking priority (if space remains after the application of the first three ranking preferences) shall be established for non-sibling applicants who are either an FRPM eligible applicant or a first-generation college-bound applicant.
An “FRPM eligible applicant” is defined as an applicant eligible for free or reduced price meals for under the regulations and guidelines used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program. 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. An eligible applicant for this preference who is not selected may then receive preference in the lottery in accordance with other preferences listed below.
This preference for grade 7 shall only be applicable so long as PCS maintains less than (4) sections of sixth grade enrollment. If PCS maintains four (4) or more Sections of sixth grade enrollment, the preference for traditionally underrepresented applicants shall be applicable only to sixth grade enrollment pursuant to the sixth-grade preferences above and this section shall not apply.
2. Children of current faculty or staff of Pacific Collegiate School.
3. Siblings of current pupils of Pacific Collegiate School, or surviving siblings of any student deceased while enrolled at Pacific Collegiate School.
4. Children of current or past members of the PCS Board of Directors who served or committed to serve a full term on the Board of Directors, and who met other prerequisites as may be defined by the Board of Directors pursuant to adopted policy.
5. Residents of the Santa Cruz City Secondary Schools District. In-district applicants 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.
The lottery will take place at 5:00 PM on March 12, 2020. Attendance is not required at the lottery. You will be emailed if your student receives a spot. You can log on to your portal at pcslotteryapp.com and see where you are on the wait list after that date.
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