Lottery Process

By law, admission at LCS is open to all students in California wishing to attend the school.  In the event that there are more students wishing to attend the school than there are seats available, admission will be determined via a public, random lottery, with priority given to:

To determine if your family is eligible for the National School Lunch Program, please visit the CA Dept. of Education website: National School Lunch Program

Verification of Preferences Indicated on Lottery Form

A verification of your priority will be done prior to finalizing your child's enrollment. If your child was offered enrollment via a priority area and Larchmont Charter School determines that your child does not actually qualify for that priority, your child will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list. Your child may still be admitted off the waitlist, as qualifying for a priority is not a condition for admission. If you need further clarification on any of these priorities, please email or contact Admissions at 323.380.7893, ext. 302. 

Continuous Enrollment Through 12th Grade

Once a student is enrolled, they remain enrolled through 12th grade unless a parent/guardian releases their seat and you do not have to complete a new lottery form every year. 

Lottery Application Availability & Lottery Drawing

Lottery forms will be available at the beginning of November and closes mid February and the lottery drawing is held on the last Saturday in February. 

How the Waitlist Works

All families of students who are not offered admission for the upcoming school year will remain on the waiting list until it is cleared at the end of the academic year for which it was drawn unless there is a written request by the parent to remove their child from the waiting list prior to that time.

Offers from the Waiting List

If a space should become available, families will be contacted in the order of the waiting list.

  • If this offer is extended prior to school beginning, then families will have 72 hours to respond whether the offer is being accepted or declined.
  • If this offer is extended once school has started, families will have 24 hours to respond whether the offer is being accepted or declined.

Minimum Age for Admittance to Kindergarten in California

California Ed Code states that to be admitted to kindergarten, a child must reach the age of five (5) on or before September 1st.  Larchmont Charter School provides transitional kindergarten to children turning five (5) between September 2nd and December 2nd only, as per the California Department of Education website.  IMPORTANT: Transitional Kindergarten is a two-year program and at Larchmont Charter School, it’s seamlessly integrated into our regular kindergarten classes.  Our developmental and highly differentiated model ensures children are continually progressing.

Homeless and Foster Youth

Larchmont Charter School adheres to the provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and ensures that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths.

If you have any questions regarding enrollment for homeless or foster youth, please contact Esmeralda Sandoval at 323.380-7893 ext 302 or at

Non-Discriminatory Practices

Larchmont Charter School pledges to use nondiscriminatory practices in the recruitment and enrollment of students and will not discriminate on any protected classification of students including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, and sexual orientation.  Larchmont Charter School will actively recruit a diverse student population reflective of the communities being served.

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