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2022-2023 Application Information (CURRENT School Year)

We are no longer accepting applications for the current school year.

2023-2024 Application Information (Next School Year)

Although the 23-24 lottery has passed, we are still accepting applications. Any submitted applications will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist in the order they are received.

Click here for the 2023-2024 Application (Next School Year)

Waitlist Preference in the 2024-2025 Lottery

Applications for the 2024-2025 school year must be completed by November 30, 2023 in order to obtain the waitlist preference in the 2024-2025 lottery. A new application must be completed every year. If you are on the waitlist, it will NOT automatically enter you in the 24-25 lottery.

NCS Interest Form

If you would like a member of our team to contact you regarding applications or any available spots in the current school year, please complete our online Interest Form and a member of the team will contact you.

23-24 Application and Lottery Dates

  Application Period:

December 5, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. - Feb 17, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.*

*NCS will be closed for President's Weekend Feb 17-21. The online application system will stay open through 2/17 at 4:00 p.m*

Lottery Priority Email:

Email sent out Friday, March 3, 2023 by 9:00 p.m. Must respond by Tuesday, March 7, 2023 by 4:00 pm. No response is needed if information is correct

  Lottery for all Academies:

March 8, 2023 at 5:00 p.m at Star Academy (4004 Gloster Way) 

No lottery results are posted online or provided over the phone due to student confidentiality. Must check your Infosnap account to obtain results.

  Acceptance Period:    March 8, 2023 - March 19, 2023
  Campus Visits:    Information on visiting our campuses

Common application questions

1. Which academy is right for my child?

This is a question many parents often have when coming to Natomas Charter School. While each academy serves different grade spans, there can be some overlap between the programs. Before beginning the application, please take a moment to decide which academy is right for your student. On the Academy Overview page you will find a quick overview of each academy, along more detailed information on each academy’s website. Additionally, we have flyers for each each academy linked below.

Please Note: If you wish to apply for multiple academies (ex: Leading Edge and PFAA), you must fill out a separate application for each academy.

2. How competitive are Natomas Charter School students when it comes to college admissions?

Natomas Charter School graduates from both of our high school programs (PFAA and ECA) transfer to some of the most selective colleges across the country, earning our school some of the strongest college admissions for any high school in the Sacramento region. This is due to our school's small size, rigorous curriculum, and support for individual students. Our students have an opportunity to stand out in the college application process by having a diverse high school experience with a focus on academics, arts, and personal growth. We also provide each student with the opportunity to take college classes before graduating from high school and our college and career counselors support students through the application process. More information regarding our college admissions success can be found at

3. Should I apply for kindergarten or transitional kindergarten (TK)?

This decision is largely based on your child's birthdate and whether you feel a two-year kindergarten experience would benefit their child.

For the 2023-2024 school year state law requires that incoming Kindergarten students are 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2023. Students turning 5 between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024 may apply for our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program.

Transitional Kindergarten offers a developmentally appropriate, hands-on approach as part of a two-year Kindergarten program. Many of your TK and Kindergarten questions may be answered by visiting the California Department of Education's Transitional Kindergarten FAQ page.

Students who are age-eligible for Kindergarten can also apply for TK if the family feels a two-year kindergarten program would benefit their child. We do not accept Kindergarten or TK applications for students who do not meet the age requirements.

If you are interested in applying for both Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten, you will need to complete two applications - one for each grade level.

4. How can I check my lottery results after the lottery?

Immediately following the lottery, seated and waitlist information will be sent via email. You must click the link provided in the "results" email in order to see your lottery results. This link is personalized to each student and is live- it will always provide you the most up to date status.

Need help with the online application?

If you need assistance with the online application please contact via phone the academy to which you are applying. There are staff on site who would be happy to walk you through the online application over the phone. We also regularly meet with parents and have technology available on campus for any families who would like assistance in person.

  • Star Academy: (916) 928-5316
  • PACT Academy: (916) 419-3788
  • Leading Edge & Performing and Fine Arts Academy: (916) 928-5353
  • Early College Academy: (916) 928-5343

If you have a child currently on the waitlist and want to access the most up-to-date information regarding your student’s lottery results or waitlist placement is to log-in to your Infosnap account.  If you are having trouble logging in please use the “Forgot Password” link. Please note: We do not have access to your login or password information.

If you have any additional questions please contact the academy to which you applied.

Waitlist Process

For the first few weeks after the lottery, there will likely be significant movement on the waitlist as families accept or decline spots. Whenever you would like updated waitlist information you can refer back to the original waitlist email that was sent to you after the lottery and click the link provided in the email. This is a live link and will always provide up-to-date results. As soon as a spot becomes available to you, the system will email you a seat offer email.

Waitlist information will not be posted on our website or shared over the phone due to student confidentiality.