Chesapeake Public Charter School is a small school setting aimed at providing an alternative for parents seeking a smaller, more personalized learning environment for their child. CPCS is a tuition-free, 11-month public school that is part of the St. Mary’s County Public School system. Admission to CPCS is open to all students residing in St. Mary’s County in kindergarten through eighth grade.
For more details, contact the school’s main office at 301-863-9585.
CPCS INFORMATIONAL VIDEO TOURS
NEW PROSPECTIVE PARENT INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS
Interested in CPCS?
Join us for Prospective Student Information Nights:
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be three virtual Q&A sessions this year to be held on the following dates: Helpful Hint - Watch the CPCS Informational video tour located above first!
- Thursday 12/3 5-6 pm Interested Kindergarten Families
Prospective Parent Night Question & Answers for Kindergarten
- Monday 12/7 5-6 pm Interested Middle School Families
Watch the recorded virtual Q&A Session - HERE
- Thursday 12/10 5-6 pm Interested 1st-5th Grade Families
Watch the recorded virtual Q&A Session - HERE
CHECK IT OUT! 2020-2021 Welcome Staff Videos
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Admission to Chesapeake Public Charter School (CPCS) shall be open to all students residing in St. Mary’s County eligible to attend the grades provided by the CPCS. In the event that there are spaces available, students who are not residents of St. Mary’s County may be admitted pursuant to applicable St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) policies on tuition and admission of non-resident students.
Admission will not be denied to any student based on factors such as race, color, gender, socio-economic status, parental status, national origin, religion, limited English language proficiency, cognitive ability, or disability. CPCS shall actively recruit and encourage student applicants from a wide cross-section of the St. Mary’s County community with the aim of including, to the extent possible, a level of racial, ethnic, student ability, and socio-economic diversity that closely approximates that of the St. Mary’s County Public School system as a whole. To achieve this goal and to maximize the potential positive impact of CPCS on the enrollment conditions in county schools and, additionally, to have a beneficial financial effect on the schools whose enrollments are affected by CPCS, weighted lotteries, and active recruitment will occur when necessary. Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year economically disadvantaged students will be given preference.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR NEW STUDENTS
Parents/guardians must submit or postmark an Application for Enrollment between December 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019. preceding the school year for which they are applying. Each of that adult’s natural children, stepchildren, legally adopted children, or legal foster children actually residing in their household shall be eligible for admission. Cousins, nieces, nephews, and unrelated children sharing the same address with the applicant are not eligible; the parent/guardian of these children should submit separate applications. A separate Application for Enrollment must be submitted for each eligible child a parent wishes to have considered for enrollment into CPCS. It is strongly recommended that interested families attend a CPCS informational session and tour of the school. There will be two of these sessions during the month of December. Dates and times will be posted on the website.
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.
2021-2022 Lottery is now CLOSED.
Open Enrollment is now closed - To be added to the general waitlist use the link below:
LOTTERY APPLICATION - *Link for General Waitlist
Chesapeake Public Charter School Lottery Procedure
Lottery (CPCS Lottery is in accordance with State and Federal lottery laws.)
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 founders
Children of staff
Economically Disadvantaged* students (up to 35% of eligible spaces per charter law)
All other applicants
The lottery will be run TBD.
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 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.**
ACCEPTANCE AND ENROLLMENT OF NEW STUDENTS
Parents of newly accepted students will be notified in February. Parents/guardians must inform CPCS of final decision to attend CPCS by officially enrolling their child/ren at CPCS. To officially enroll, parents/guardians must submit a Declaration of Intent Form and all necessary SMCPS enrollment forms by the end of May of the year of the draw. There will be one evening of extended hours for accepting enrollment forms at CPCS. See Enrollment Packet for date and time. If the above-mentioned forms are not completed and submitted and the child/children are not officially enrolled by the end of the first full week of March, they will be relinquishing the slot for that school year. That slot will then be filled by the next eligible student on the Sibling Waiting List. If there are no students on the Sibling Waiting List, the spot will be filled by the next eligible student on the General Waiting List. If the family would like to attend CPCS in subsequent years, they must begin the admission process over again, starting with completing an application and going through the lottery for available spaces.
SIBLING WAITING LIST
Parents will be notified by telephone call of admission from the Sibling Waiting List as soon as a space is available. Parents will then have one week from the date of the offer to notify CPCS of the decision to enroll the sibling by submitting a Declaration of Intent Form and all necessary SMCPS forms (see Enrollment Packet) that are required to officially enroll their child. If the above-mentioned forms are not completed and submitted within one week, the parent/guardian will be relinquishing the slot for that school year and would have to go back to the General Lottery in subsequent years. If the grade level is full when the sibling is drawn at the subsequent lottery, the sibling will be placed on the Sibling Waiting List until space becomes available or until they age out.
GENERAL WAITING LIST
Parents will be notified by telephone call of admission from the General Waiting List as soon as a space is available. Parents will then have one week from the date of the offer to notify CPCS of the decision to enroll the student by submitting a Declaration of Intent Form and all necessary SMCPS forms (see Enrollment Packet) that are required to officially enroll their child. If the above mentioned forms are not completed and submitted within one week, the parent/guardian will be relinquishing the slot for that school year and would have to go back to the General Lottery in subsequent years.
**The General Waiting list will be cleared for each new enrollment period!**
Chesapeake Public Charter School is committed to diversity and equality. Therefore, CPCS admits students and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practices without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.