All applicants who submitted enrollment applications before the open enrollment deadline become members of the applicant pool and are eligible to participate in the lottery system. Grade level vacancies are filled in priority order. Siblings of returning students will be given priority in the lottery process. District restrictions may apply. When there are more applicants than there is capacity to enroll, then a lottery shall be held to determine the order of enrollment.

In the lottery, applicants will be admitted in the order their names are drawn at random from the collection of applicants. Once capacity has been reached for a grade, the names are placed on a waiting list in the order in which they were drawn. After the lottery period ends, applications will be filed by date received. We create waiting lists for all the grade levels and will notify the next in line on the list if there are any vacancies.


All qualified applicants from the priority enrollment period become members of the applicant pool. Should the number of students who wish to attend San Diego Cooperative Charter School exceed the school’s capacity, then a lottery shall be held to determine the order of enrollment from each applicant pool.  Grade level vacancies are filled in priority order. After continuing students, priority for enrollment shall be as follows:

  1. Children of current full-time staff members (not to exceed 10% of total enrollment)
  2. Siblings of students admitted to or attending the Charter School
  3. Children of military families, as defined in Education Code Section 49701
  4. Students who are currently enrolled at Linda Vista Elementary School, and children who reside in the Linda Vista Elementary School attendance area (for purposes of the SB 740 Charter School Facility Grant Program)
  5. Students within the boundaries of San Diego Unified School District
  6. All other out-of-district students
  7. All other students as permitted by law

SDCCS and the District agree to adhere to the requirements related to admission preferences as set forth in Education Code Section 47605(d)(2)(B)(i)-(iv).

Applications submitted by the priority deadline are placed in lottery pools based on the priorities for enrollment as described in the charter. Each applicant is only eligible for a single lottery pool based on their highest eligibility qualification. Applications are sorted first by grade, then by lottery pool. With SchoolMint Enroll, we are now able to manage each phase of the enrollment process from the initial application to the registration forms followed by an enrollment offer once the lottery is run. SchoolMint is designed to follow the priority order of our school and applications are assigned a number, starting from one. Once each application is assigned a number, open enrollment spaces are offered to applicants until the spaces are filled and the remainder of the applicants are placed on a waiting list in the order in which they were drawn. The Principal, a member of the Board of Directors and two students will  witness the lottery and will certify that it was random, public and conducted as described above.

All applicants who are accepted will receive notification through SchoolMint by email and/or text.  Families will be given 7 business days to respond on SchoolMint of their intention to accept or decline the offer for enrollment. If there is no response after 7 business days then the vacancy will be considered declined. The application will be withdrawn and will be offered to the next student on the waiting list.

Vacancies that become available during the school year will be filled in order from the numbered applicants in the applicant pool. In the event there are no applicants in the pool, new students may apply to enter the school only after visiting the prospective classroom for one full instructional day and a school orientation meeting with the principal or another designated staff member.


The 2024-2025 school year application will be live on SchoolMint on October 1st, 2023 at 8am. Families that apply from October 1st, 2023 – February 29th, 2024 will be a part of the initial lottery on March 7th, 2024. Applications submitted after the prior deadline will automatically be waitlisted.

All applicants will receive notice on the status of their application within 7 business days by email and/or text from SchoolMint.