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Application & Enrollment Information



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 



Applications for the 2023-2024 school year must be completed by October 31, 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 23-24 waitlist, it will NOT automatically enter you in the 24-25 lottery.



Application Period

November 1, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - January 12, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.

After November 1, applicants may click on the link above to access the 24-25 application. A new application is required every year.


Applicants on the 23-24 waitlist are not automatically added to the 24-25 lottery and must submit a new application.


PFAA Applicants Only- Once application is submitted, applicant will receive a confirmation email that includes links to sign up for the optional PFAA audition. Students applying for grades 6-7 may participate in a group audition. Details about date, time and place are provided after sign up form is completed. Students applying for grades 8-12 may participate in individual auditions. Once sign up form is completed, applicant will receive an email from [email protected] with their scheduled time, date and audition information.


Lottery Priority Email

January 21, 2024 by 9:00 p.m.

An email will be sent out to verify applicant's lottery priority on Sunday, January 21, 2024 by 9:00 p.m. Check your spam folder if you do not see an email by this time. The subject of this email will be "24-25 NCS Lottery Priority Confirmation".


If the emailed lottery priority is correct, no follow up is needed. If any information is incorrect, the parent must contact the academy to correct the data no later than Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. No corrections to lottery priorities can be made after this time.

Lottery for All Academies

January 24, 2024 at 5:00 p.m at Star Academy (4004 Gloster Way) 

Although everyone is welcome, applicants are not required to attend the lottery. Results of the lottery will be available via email by 6:00 p.m on January 24, 2024. Check your spam folder if you do not see an email by this time.


No lottery results or waitlist placement information will be posted online or given over the phone due to student confidentiality. 

Initial Acceptance Period
January 24, 2024 - January 28, 2024
If applicant is offered a seat through the lottery, it must be "accepted" or "declined" in the PowerSchool Enrollment system no later than January 28, 2024. If applicant is offered a seat at more than one academy, they must only accept one seat. 
Any seat offers not "accepted" by January 28, 2024 may be declined and given to the next applicant on the waitlist.
Waitlist Information
All students not offered a seat in the lottery will be automatically placed on the waitlist, in priority order.
To check applicant's most up-to-date waitlist number, please click on the link provided in the original "results" email that is sent after the lottery is completed. This is a live link and will update as the waitlist changes.
NCS experiences significant changes in the waitlist the first few weeks after the lottery. Please do not be discouraged if your student does not initially receive a seat offer. NCS continuously accepts students throughout the summer and the school year as seats open up.



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


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.