Application and Lottery

All students residing in the state of California are eligible for admission to Sebastopol Independent Charter, A Public Waldorf School. As requests for students to enroll in our school exceed the number of available seats, our kindergartens and grades are filled through lottery registration.

The Main Lottery for School Year 2024-25 is now closed. Our 2024-25 Late Lottery is open and will remain open through February 2025.

Our Main Lottery for School Year 2025-26 will open on December 2, 2024 and close @ 2:00 pm on February 28, 2025

Lottery selection is based on the following priority criteria:

  1. Faculty/Staff Children
  2. Twin sibling of enrolled student
  3. Sibling(s) of enrolled student
  4. Children in foster care or in homeless shelters
  5. Residents of Sebastopol Union School District
  6. All other CA residents

You will be notified by March 7, 2025 if your child(ren) was(were) selected for the 2025-26 School Year. All others will remain on the lottery waitlist.

If we go through our main lottery waitlist for a grade, we will then run a Late Lottery for that grade. You would be notified at that time by email and text after a Late Lottery takes place for any one of our grades. Please remember to update your e-mail address in LotterEase if it changes.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in joining a waitlist for this current year, follow these same steps but you will choose “a Late Lottery for your child’s grade”. If a spot should open up in one of our grades between now and February 2025, we turn to our Wait Lists to fill them. If not selected, you must re-enter the lottery each year. Entries do not roll-over to the following school year.

Step One:

You will need to register on the Lotterease platform to enter your child into the lottery system. On this registration, be sure to use your information and not your child’s. You will be asked in a later step to enter your child’s information. You should include a cell phone number, as notifications from the Lottery, use both email and texts. Sometimes emails can go to your spam, so being able to receive a text assures you don’t miss an important notification or deadline.

Step Two:

You now need to enter your child’s information to add them to your account. Once you have created your account, navigate to the “Add Child” link on the left menu. Below is an image that shows where you will find this link.

Image of Lotterease adding child

Step Three:

Now that you have added your child to your LotterEase account, you will enroll them in a lottery. Select your child’s name from the left menu as outlined in the photo below and you will be prompted to select a school. Select Sebastopol Charter School and Click submit.

You will now be prompted to select the lottery name/Grade from the Drop Down menu. 

Note: The grade level that you are applying to for the 2025/26 school year has been automatically determined by your child’s birthdate. If you cannot find the grade option you want, this is the reason. For the 2025-26 School Year, we are accepting children who turn 4 by September 1, 2025 into our TK program. We cannot accept children younger than this. 

*Children in our 2025-26 TK (2 yr. KG) must turn 4 by September 1, 2025. Children in our 2025-26 KG (1 yr. KG) must turn 5 by September 1, 2025.

If you believe your child should be assigned to a higher or lower 1st-8th grade, you will need to submit an email request to the Enrollment Director, Lori Grey [email protected] and it must be approved by the Executive Director in order for us to make a change. We require 5 business days for this process.

If you have more than one child that you wish to enroll in to Sebastopol Charter School, select “Add Sibling” and repeat Step 3. Once this step is complete, a page displaying what lotteries your child has entered will pop up. You can view each individual child by selecting their name from the menu on the left.

Step Four:

You will be shown 5 Preference Groups. Please read them ALL carefully and choose all that apply. Then click on SUBMIT. 

Be sure to enter [email protected] to your mail program contacts to ensure that e-mails from LotterEase are not marked as spam. This is essential if you have gmail.

Congratulations! You have entered your child in to the lottery at Sebastopol Charter School. Now you can login to your account and check the status of your application. Click the button below to login to your Lotterease account. An applicant stays on the appropriate waiting list for the year you applied, after which time you need to submit another application. We do not carry our waiting lists forward to the next year.

If you are offered a spot through the Lottery please pay careful attention to all deadlines. Once you confirm acceptance, you will receive an Online New Student Registration packet from our school via email within seven days. Enrollment is not finalized until you return your signed and completed enrollment papers and we approve them. PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO ALL THE DEADLINES LISTED in the email for the New Student Enrollment, failure to meet the deadlines can result in the offer being withdrawn and the spot offered to the next person on the waitlist.

Note : If you are entering your child(ren) in the lottery AFTER February 28, 2025 for 2025-26 school year — you will be joining our LATE LOTTERY.
If we go through our main lottery waitlist for a grade, we will then run a Late Lottery for that grade. You would be notified at that time by email and text after a Late Lottery takes place for any one of our grades. Please remember to update your e-mail address in LotterEase if it changes.

Sebastopol Charter shall be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations, shall not charge tuition, and shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, race, gender, disability, or any other characteristic designated in SB777 and as set forth in Section 47605(d) of the Education Code.

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