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Application & Enrollment Information


Although the 24-25 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 2024-2025 Application



Applications for the 2024-2025 school year must be completed by October 31, 2024 in order to obtain the waitlist preference in the 2025-2026 lottery. A new application must be completed every year. If you are on the 24-25 waitlist, it will NOT automatically enter you in the 25-26 lottery.



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. 

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.

Starting in the the 2022-23 school year, all school districts in California, including NCS, are required by state law to expand their Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classrooms until all 4 year olds are eligible for TK by 2025-26.

2023-24 School Year

2024-25 School Year    

2025-26 School Year

TK eligibility:

Student turns 5 between 9/2/2023-4/2/2024

TK eligibility:

Student turns 5 between 9/2/2024-6/2/2025

TK eligibility:

Student turns 5 between 9/2/2025-9/1/2026

 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. Applicants may only apply to one grade level based on age eligibility.


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 Powerschool Enrollment 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.