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. 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 2020-2021 school year begins February 24, 2020 and ends at 12:00 noon on March 27, 2020.

Do I need 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 preference in the lottery. 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 preference in the lottery.

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. All verified eligible online applications submitted during the Open Enrollment period will be entered into the lottery. Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will be from February 24, 2020 through 12:00 noon March 27, 2020.

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 2020-2021 school year will take place on May 8, 2020.)
- 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 current 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 online application will reopen after the lottery is complete for Post Lottery applicants. The waiting lists will expire at the end of each school year.

Can I attend a Parent Information Meeting or Campus Tour?

Each school site hosted Parent Information Meetings in early 2020 at which families found out more about OPA and the open enrollment process. You can view the informational video that was presented at these meetings HERE. There are no additional meetings or tours scheduled for this school year.
Is Kindergarten full day?

Yes, Oxford Preparatory Academy has full day kindergarten. Kindergarten starts at 8:30am every day and ends at 2:30pm Monday through Thursday and at 12:30 on Fridays.

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 : Saddleback Valley Campus and South Orange County Campus.
Mission Statement

We believe that all students are unique and gifted individuals.

We are committed to working collaboratively to develop life-long learners in a safe and caring educational environment where students are challenged, scholarship is expected, and differences are valued.