Charter schools must follow all non-discrimination laws in their admissions policies and preferences, including but not limited to requirements that “a charter school shall be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations, shall not charge tuition, and shall not discriminate against any pupil on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.“ (Education Code section 47607(d)(1).) Therefore, charter school admissions applications should not seek any information regarding whether an applicant has ever received special education services, has a disability, or is/was under an Individualized Education Plan; or EL Status or Race.
This information can only be requested once a student has secured a seat at the school (i.e. after the admissions lottery).
If you have any questions about the Guidelines for Admission Procedures and Preferences, please contact Leslie Jimenez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Charter school applications and admission packet materials can not contain any parent contribution or volunteer requirements that would violate the prohibition against tuition.
Volunteer hours or donations can only be encouraged and optional and cannot be required.