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.
The lottery application process and informational meetings are now over for the 2018-2019 enrollment year. You may still fill out an application at pcslotteryapp.com and you will be added to the wait list in order of application received. The application for the 2019-2020 school year will be available in October of 2018.
The lottery for the 2018-2019 school year 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 at any time to pcslotteryapp.com to see if your student received a seat or your position on the wait list after the lottery takes place.
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.