Frequently Asked Enrollment Questions
How do I enroll my child at Oxford Preparatory Academy?
Please visit our application page (www.applyOPA.com) during Open Enrollment to access our online application. To successfully apply, you will need to fill out the online application as well as provide verification documents. Enrollment will be offered based on available openings for each grade when spaces come available. Waiting lists will be formed for grades with more applicants than openings. The waiting lists will expire at the end of each school year.
When is Open Enrollment?
Oxford Preparatory Academy Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year begins February 25, 2019 and ends at 12:00 noon on March 25, 2019.
Do I have to live within the school's district to apply?
You can apply to Oxford Preparatory Academy from anywhere; but in order to enroll, you need to be a resident of Orange County or an adjacent county. Those students who are applying to the South Orange County campus in Mission Viejo who reside within the Capistrano Unified School District will be given a "weighted" preference in the lottery at a 5:1 ratio. Those students who are applying to the Saddleback Valley Campus in Lake Forest who reside within the Saddleback Valley Unified School District will be given a "weighted" preference in the lottery at a 3:1 ratio.
Do I need to fill out separate applications for each campus?
No, you do not. On our application site, you will have the option to select to apply to one of our campuses or to both of our campuses. Applying at both sites will not have any effect on your chance for placement at either location.
Does my child have a better opportunity to be chosen for enrollment the earlier we apply during the Open Enrollment period?
No. Entry into Oxford's on-campus program is not on a first-come, first-served basis. Families have 30 days to complete the online application form during Open Enrollment. Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year will be from February 25, 2019 through 12:00 noon March 25, 2019. All verified eligible online applications submitted during the Open Enrollment period will be entered into the lottery.
How does the Lottery work?
Following the Open Enrollment period each year, applications will be counted to determine whether any grade level has received more applications than availability. In the event that this happens, the school will hold a random public lottery to determine enrollment for the impacted grade levels.
- The lottery will take place on a given published date. (If needed, the lottery for the 2019-2020 school year will take place on April 25, 2019.)
- OPA will comply with all applicable state and federal laws and with the Chartering Authority policy as it relates to the oversight of charter schools.
- The lottery shall draw names from a general pool of ballots.
- Siblings of students placed during the random public lottery will also be placed depending upon space available at the given grade level during the lottery process.
- The drawing shall continue until all names are drawn. Those individuals whose names are drawn after all spaces have been filled will be placed on the waiting list in the order drawn, except if the preferences described above require otherwise.
What is Sibling Preference?
Siblings of students placed during the random public lottery will also be placed depending upon space available at the given grade level during the lottery process. If space is not available in the sibling's grade level, that sibling will be placed on the Sibling Priority Wait List. The remaining names will be placed on a waiting list based on the order drawn from the random public lottery (at each grade level).
How will I find out the results of the lottery?
After the lottery, you will receive an email with your waitlist number. You may also log in to our application page at any time to see your child's waitlist number. Lottery results will also be posted on campus for a week following the lottery.
How will I find out if my child's waitlist number has changed?
After the lottery, you may log in to our application page at any time to see your child's current waitlist number.
Can my child join the waiting list if we missed Open Enrollment?
Yes! Families who have missed the Open Enrollment window can request to be added to our Post Lottery Wait List after the lottery has taken place. The waiting lists will expire at the end of each school year.
Can I attend a Parent Information Meeting of Campus Tour?
OPA-SOC: We invited prospective parents to our Open House on Wednesday, January 23 and for an additional Informational Meeting on Friday, January 25, 2019. Because these meetings have passed, we have posted a video on the website that details our programs on campus with the same information presented at these meetings. You can access that video HERE. No additional meetings or tours will be held on the SOC campus this school year.
OPA-SV has additional PIMs and tours scheduled:
- Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 2:45 p.m.
- Thursday, Februaru 28, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 2:45 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m.
These PIMs will take place in Honour Hall at the Saddleback Valley campus. Please arrive promptly. School tours will immediately follow the meetings. There will be no additional PIMs or tours on the SV campus after these.
Will Kindergarten be full day for the 2019-2020 school year?
Yes, Kindergarten will be full day at Oxford Preparatory Academy for the 2019-2020 school year. The hours will be slightly different from those of the other grades, but it will be a full day class.
Does Oxford Preparatory Academy charge tuition?
No. Oxford Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public charter school.
Does Oxford Preparatory Academy provide bus transportation?
At this time, Oxford Preparatory Academy does not provide bus transportation.
Do Oxford Preparatory Academy students wear school uniforms?
Yes, students at Oxford Preparatory Academy wear uniforms to school. Our uniform policy and guidelines can be found HERE.