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What is Pacific Collegiate School?
 
  • Pacific Collegiate School – www.pacificcollegiate.com – is an independent public charter school open to any student in 7th through 12th grade seeking a rigorous college preparatory education. PCS has earned high honors for its outstanding program and has consistently ranked among the top public schools in California and the nation.
  • PCS’s program underscores critical thinking, verbal communication skills, and literacy in STEAM. Small class sizes give students greater access to teachers and the opportunity to more deeply engage with fellow students. All students have access to the same advanced classes and a wide variety of Advanced Placement (AP) classes.

 

What is a charter school?
  • Charter schools are public schools that operate independently within the public school system, giving administrators, faculty and parents greater autonomy in designing a program that meets the needs of their students.
 
What are the goals of PCS?
  •  PCS’s exemplary, standards-based college preparatory and visual and performing arts education program emphasizes international, cross-cultural, and technological education to prepare graduates for the 21st century. Students are introduced to the rich variety of world cultures and become proficient in at least one foreign language. 
 
How are admissions determined? 
  •  Admission to PCS is through a public, random lottery, as required by California law. There are only two requirements to enter PCS’s lottery: 1. Fill out an application and 2. Attend a pre-lottery information session.  There are no student admission tests, tuition, fees of any kind, or any other requirements except the two listed above.
 
  • PCS runs a first-to-college admissions lottery that allocates 12% of 7th grade seats for students who will be the first in their family to attend college. This lottery occurs prior to the main lottery; anyone not chosen in the first-to-college lottery is then entered in the main lottery as well.
 
What is the enrollment timeline?
  •  Applications are due by 3:30 PM on 3/13/17. No paper applications are accepted.
 
How does the lottery work? What if my name isn’t drawn? How do you admit students off the wait list?
  • Prior to the lottery, all submitted forms are listed alphabetically, by grade, and each one is given a number. The night of the lottery the numbers are pulled for each grade and placed on a list in the order pulled. Twins are considered one number. Excluding 7th grade, which has a predetermined number of spots open after siblings are accounted for, spots are filled in each grade from the list created by the lottery as they open up. Students are accepted up until the end of the first quarter in October. In January some students may be admitted if spots have become available.
 
  • The lottery will take place on 3/23/17 at 5:00 PM. Applicants do not need to be present at time of lottery.
 
Are there any admission requirements for PCS?
 
  • Admission to PCS is through a public, random lottery, as required by California law. There are only two requirements to enter PCS’s lottery: 1. Fill out an application and 2. Attend a pre-lottery information session.  There are no student admission tests, tuition, fees of any kind, or any other requirements except the two listed above.
 
  • PCS runs a first-to-college admissions lottery that allocates 12% of 7th grade seats for students who will be the first in their family to attend college. This lottery occurs prior to the main lottery; anyone not chosen in the first-to-college lottery is then entered in the main lottery as well.

 
What is the average class size?
  • Core class size is capped at 24 students, with many classes ranging from 3 to 16 students. The overall student teacher ratio is under 17:1.
 
How many PCS students go on to college?
  • Upon graduation from PCS, 97% of graduates enroll in colleges or universities and 3% take a gap year ahead of college enrollment. PCS students have been accepted at Ivy Leagues, leading public research institutions, state schools and junior colleges.  For a recent college matriculation list, please click here .
 
  • PCS’s full-time college counselor is dedicated to helping students and their families strategize the college application process, expertly navigate the ever-changing and challenging college admissions process, and to find the best college fit for all PCS graduates.
 

 How is PCS funded?

  • Annual Fund Drive contributions literally close the funding gap between what PCS receives from the State and what it costs to run PCS's acclaimed program. Each year our families contribute - through voluntary, tax-deductible donations - 15 to 20% of our budget expenses via the Annual Fund Drive (AFD). We ask families to make a donation of $3,500 or more per student each year to the AFD. While we know that a gift of this size is not possible for all families, we trust that each family will participate to the fullest extent possible. We very much appreciate gifts of all sizes, and particularly value participation in the AFD by all PCS families.