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NEW PROSPECTIVE PARENT INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS
Interested in CPCS?
Join us for Prospective Student Information Nights:
There will be one virtual and two in-person Q&A sessions this year to be held on the following dates. Helpful Hint - Watch the CPCS Informational video tour located below first!
RSVP HERE To Save Your Spot for any of the following sessions! A zoom link will be emailed to registered virtual participants on the day of the event.
- IN-PERSON -- Thursday, 12/2, 5:30-6:30 pm
- VIRTUAL -- Tuesday, 12/7, 6:30-7:30 pm
- IN-PERSON -- Tuesday, 12/14, 6:30-7:30 pm
CPCS INFORMATIONAL VIDEO TOURS
1st-5th Grade Families - Watch the recorded virtual Q&A Session - HERE
Middle School Families - Watch the recorded virtual Q&A Session - HERE
CHECK IT OUT! Welcome Staff Videos 2021-2022
APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR NEW STUDENTS
2022-2023 Lottery is now CLOSED
Lottery applicants have received email notifications. To be added to the general waitlist please use the link below:
At the completion of the lottery, such applications will be placed on the General Waiting List in the order in which they were received. Only one application per child will be accepted.
- Families need to enter a valid email address and create a password to create a free account. The application also features a mobile friendly platform. This account will need to be monitored for information regarding submission status, acceptance/wait list notifications.
- All applications must be completed online. The order in which the application is submitted does not impact the selection process. It does not matter whether a family submits an application on the first day or the last day since the lottery is a random, computer-based drawing. The application is available in multiple languages.
- The official lottery will be run at the end of January 2022.
- Kindergarten families will be notified by email upon completion of the lottery of their acceptance or wait list status. All other families of students in grades 1-8 will receive an email of their waitlist status and will be offered seats as they become open through the summer months.
Chesapeake Public Charter School Lottery Procedure
Chesapeake Public Charter School enrolls students in accordance with federal and state guidelines. As a public charter school, enrollment is based on a lottery, since demand consistently exceeds available spaces. The lottery is typically conducted in December prior to the start of the next school year; please consult our website for the exact timeline and Admissions procedure. Students must provide proof of residency in St. Mary’s County in order to enroll.
In order to participate in the enrollment lottery for the upcoming school year, applications must be received by the deadline. All new applicants, including students who did not previously receive invitation into the school, must submit an application. Currently enrolled students do not need to reapply, the Declaration of Intent should be filled out. *Important Information for Current Families* In addition to the Declaration of Intent, a lottery application should also be submitted for any siblings currently on the sibling wait list, and/or incoming kindergarten sibling of the current CPCS students.
Chesapeake Public Charter School conducts a lottery to determine the order in which available spaces are offered to applicants. The lottery is a random, computer-based drawing resulting in a ranked wait-list in random order for available seats in each grade. As spaces become available, they will be offered to families in the following order:
- Children of founder
- Children of staff
- Economically Disadvantaged* students (up to 35% of eligible spaces per charter law)
- All other applicants
The official lottery will be run at the end of January.
Kindergarten families will be notified by email upon completion of the lottery of their acceptance or wait list status. All other families of students in grades 1-8 will receive an email of their wait list status and will be offered seats as they become open through the summer months.
Typically only Kindergarten seats are offered immediately after the lottery, as it is conducted so far in advance of the following school year and we are not always aware of the number of openings. Kindergarten level is our main point of entry. The number of available spaces varies from year to year and is typically approximately 18-20 for Kindergarten, and between 0 and 5 for all other grades.
We continue to offer seats as they become available, throughout the spring and summer, but generally no later than September 30th. In order to secure their space, families offered the opportunity to enroll must reply by the date specified in their offer and provide all required documentation by the established deadlines.
Applications received after the lottery deadline are added to our waiting list in the order they are received.
Chesapeake Public Charter School is committed to diversity and equality. We want to ensure that our demographics mirror those of St. Mary’s County Public Schools as a whole, and are constantly monitoring those trends. CPCS will increase recruitment and outreach efforts through a presence at the Department of Social Services, Title 1 schools, Pre-K/Head Start wellness fairs, St. Mary’s County Public Libraries and Kindergarten Round up events. CPCS staff and Alliance members will collaborate with Title 1 staff including parent liaisons, the family engagement supervisor, and the family service providers from Head Start. We will continue to provide assistance to families who need help through the application process. Additionally, applications will be available to the community through the SMCPS Pre-K schools adjacent to CPCS.
Accordingly, the school admits students and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practices without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, or any other legally protected classification.
**The General Waiting list will be cleared for each new enrollment period.**