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Frequently Asked Questions

 
Lottery and Waitlist FAQs

How does the lottery work and when is it held?
Lotteries at Alliance schools are computerized. To ensure fairness and accuracy, the computer-automated lottery software that is used is set-up by an independent company called SchoolMint that has no affiliation to our school. SchoolMint is an online platform used by K through 12 charter networks, including more than 1,300 schools and a million scholars, for scholar recruitment and enrollment management. SchoolMint's software randomly draws the applicants and generates a list of offered and waitlisted scholars. While you are more than welcome to attend the lottery, your attendance is not required. Please contact your school for lottery dates and times.
 
Is lottery priority given to certain applicants?
Yes, Alliance gives lottery priority to:
  • applicants who have siblings currently attending the Alliance school they are applying to;
  • applicants who are applying to and whose guardian is a current employee of one of these five Alliance schools (whose charters were amended in 2018 to include employee preference): Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 4, Alliance Ouchi-O’Donovan 6-12 Complex, Alliance Gertz-Ressler/Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex, Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School, and Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science School;
  • applicants that live within the Los Angeles Unified School District Boundaries.
 
Is my scholar automatically accepted in the lottery?
No, scholars are either offered a seat or placed on the waitlist based on the order the lottery list is generated. If your child is offered a seat at the lottery or any point thereafter, you will need to ACCEPT or DECLINE that seat. Please contact your school office to ACCEPT or DECLINE your seat.
 
How many days do I have to accept or decline my seat?
Depending on the Alliance school you have applied to, you will have either 5 or 10 business days to respond to the offer. Please contact the school directly to be notified of the number of days that you have to respond. If you do not respond by the specified deadline, your offer may be canceled.

Can I apply to multiple Alliance schools?
Yes! We encourage interested families to apply to multiple Alliance schools! To apply to multiple schools, please submit separate paper applications to each school or select multiple schools on our online application.

Can I submit an application after the lottery deadline?
After the lottery deadline, all schools will continue to accept applications until the school is fully enrolled. If the school is fully enrolled, scholars will be added to a waitlist.
 
How are scholars selected to attend Alliance?
Alliance is a public school open to all scholars. If by the lottery deadline, there are more applications received than seats available, a public random lottery is held. In the lottery, scholars are either offered a seat or added to the waitlist. If no lottery is necessary, scholars are automatically offered a seat.
 
Do twins or siblings automatically get accepted together?
In most cases, yes. If one sibling gets in, the other will receive priority in the lottery. The only instance siblings would not get in together, would be if there are no open seats available for the second sibling. In that case, the second sibling would be placed at the top of the waitlist.

Is there any fee required to enroll or apply?
No, Alliance is a free public school.
 
How will I know if my child was offered a seat?
If you apply by the lottery date, you will hear back within 2 weeks of that date. The school will use the contact information provided on your application to communicate with you throughout the enrollment process. Please make sure your contact information is accurate and up to date. 

What happens if my child was offered a seat at multiple schools?
If your child is offered a seat at more than one Alliance school, you will be given the opportunity to choose among those specific schools. Please do not accept offers to more than one Alliance school. Once you have accepted an offer at an Alliance school, please notify the other school(s) of the withdrawal of your application/registration.

What happens if my child is placed on the waiting list?
Once available seats at each school have been filled, applicants will be placed on a waitlist for each school that they applied to in the order that they were drawn in the lottery. Any seats that become available will be offered to those on waiting lists, in sequential order. Applicants on the waitlist will be contacted using the information on their application if a seat becomes available.

If my child was not selected in the lottery this year, will s/he be automatically entered into the lottery for next year?
Unfortunately not. The applications and lottery results are valid for the school year you applied to only. If your child's application was not accepted this time, we strongly encourage you to apply again for the following school year!
 
When is registration?
After accepting your child’s seat, please contact the school office for registration dates and deadlines.
 
General Questions
What is a charter school? Charter schools are independent public schools opened by educators, parents, or civic leaders. Charters are tuition-free, public schools that have been granted autonomy from the governing school district. In exchange for that autonomy, charter schools are held accountable by their authorizing school district to perform at levels higher than neighboring schools. Charter schools are reviewed every five years by their authorizing district to evaluate their effectiveness and determine if their charter should be renewed or if the school should be closed.

Are charter schools private schools? No. Charter schools are free public schools. They are open to all scholars that want to enroll. Alliance College ­Ready Public Schools does not discriminate against any scholar on the basis of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code.

How are charter schools funded?
Charter schools are public schools and receive state and federal funding based on the number of scholars enrolled, just like traditional public schools. Once fully enrolled, Alliance schools function solely on public, per­ pupil funding. 

What is the advantage of attending an Alliance school?
Alliance schools offer a small, nurturing learning environment, and a rigorous, college­ preparatory curriculum that prepares scholars for success in college. Furthermore, Alliance schools provide every scholar with access to technology and the latest educational software. 95% of our scholars graduate from high school and nearly 100% of our graduates are accepted into college.

Does my child need to wear a uniform?
Yes. Alliance scholars wear polo shirts with their school logo and khaki pants or skirts. One uniform shirt is provided free upon enrollment. Additional uniform shirts can be purchased directly from your school.

How many Alliance schools are in the Los Angeles area?
Currently, we have a total of 25 schools. Our newest school opened in August 2016, a high school in Sun Valley.

How long is the Alliance school day?
The Alliance school day runs 45 minutes longer than that at a traditional LAUSD school. The Alliance school day begins at 7:45 AM and ends at 3:30 PM. One day a week, Alliance scholars are released at 1:30 PM to allow time for teacher development sessions.

Are Alliance schools year­ round?
No. Alliance schools offer a single-track calendar of 183 days. The Alliance school year begins in August and ends in June.

Does my child have to go to summer school?
Summer school is offered at every Alliance school as needed for scholars.

Do Alliance schools provide transportation?
Alliance does not provide bus transportation to general education scholars. If your scholar has special needs and requires transportation, Alliance will provide safe and secure transportation to and from school. Additionally, at some Alliance schools, scholars can be bussed if the campus is outside of the commuting distance for that scholar’s parent/guardian. Inquire with the school(s) you’re applying to learn if this is an option at the specific school.

Are parents required to volunteer?
We are committed to working with parents as partners in providing a high ­quality learning experience for all scholars. Parents sign a Parent/scholar Contract of Accountability and are encouraged to volunteer up to 40 hours per school year. Parents earn volunteer service credit by attending school events and conferences, parent education academies, school advisory council meetings, and providing additional support to their school.

Do Alliance schools serve scholars with special needs?
Yes. Alliance schools encourage all scholars to enroll, including those with special needs. To learn more about our special education programming, please contact the home office at (213) 943-­4930 and ask for the special education department.

If my child needs help, are tutoring services provided?
Yes! Tutoring services and credit recovery courses are available for those scholars during advisory classes, after school, and on weekends.

What types of classes are offered at Alliance schools?
Alliance schools offer a rigorous, college­ preparatory curriculum. 100% of Alliance graduates pass the A­G requirements necessary to apply to a University of California or Cal State University. Alliance schools also offer elective courses. Please contact your school directly to see what elective and extra­curricular courses are available!

Do Alliance scholars participate in state tests?
Yes. Alliance scholars take the California Assessment of scholar Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which measures scholar performance based on Common Core State Standards.

How do I enroll my child at an Alliance school?
Complete an online application or download a paper application. Paper applications can be returned to your selected school by mail or dropped off in person. If a school receives more applications than spaces available by their enrollment deadline, a random public lottery will be held.