Pacific Collegiate School (PCS) is a public charter school open to any student in 7th through 12th grade seeking a rigorous college preparatory education. 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
by the deadline March 12, 2018 at 3:30 PM.
and 2. Attend a pre-lottery information session if you have not done so in the last two years. Students are strongly encouraged to attend with a parent.
Due to seating capacity an RSVP is required. Please see dates below to RSVP to a meeting.
General Lottery Meetings
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:00-8:00 PM, Click here to RSVP ( Location: PCS)
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Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 6:00-7:00 PM, (bilingual) Click Here to RSVP (Location: Resource Center for Non Violence)
Saturday, February 10th, 2018, 9:00-11:00 AM< Click here to RSVP (Location: PCS)
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Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 6:00-7:30 PM, Click here to RSVP (Location: Martinelli's Company Store, Watsonville)
Saturday, February 24th, 2018, 9:00-11:00 AM, Click Here to RSVP (Location: PCS)
Monday, February 26th, 2018, 6:00-8:00 PM, (bilingual) Click Here to RSVP (Location: Simpkins Swim Center)
Saturday, March 10th, 2018, 9:00-11:00 AM, Click Here to RSVP (Location: PCS)
There are no student admission tests, tuition, fees of any kind, or any other requirements except the two listed above. PCS, like many other public charter schools, conducts an annual lottery because there are more requests to enroll than there are seats available.
In addition to the main lottery, PCS also runs a first-to-college admissions lottery that allocates 14% 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.
The lottery will take place at 5:00 PM on March 22, 2018. Attendance is not required. You will be emailed if your student receives a spot. You can log in and see where you are on the wait list after that date.