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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 we will use was 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 students, for student recruitment and enrollment management. SchoolMint randomly draws the applicants and generates a list of accepted and waitlisted students based on the admissions preferences. 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 my student automatically accepted in the lottery?
No, students 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.

Can I apply to multiple Alliance schools?
You may apply to as many Alliance schools as you choose. To apply to multiple schools, you must submit separate paper applications to each school or select multiple schools on our online application.

Can I submit an application after the deadline?
After the application deadline, all schools will continue to accept applications until the school is fully enrolled. If the school is fully enrolled, students will be added to a waitlist.

How are students selected to attend Alliance?
Alliance is a public school open to all students. If by the application deadline, there are more applications received than seats available, a public random lottery is held. In the lottery, students are either offered a seat or added to the waitlist. If no lottery is necessary, students are automatically offered a seat.

Are there preferences given to certain students?
Yes, Alliance gives enrollment preference to applicants with siblings currently attending the Alliance school they are applying to, and to applicants that live within the Los Angeles Unified School District Boundaries.

Do twins or siblings automatically get accepted together?
In most cases yes. If one sibling gets in, the other will receive preference 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 tuition to attend Alliance?
No, Alliance is a free public school.

How will I know if my child was offered a seat?
The school will use the contact information provided on your application to communicate to 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.

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?
No. 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 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 students that want to enroll.  Alliance College-Ready Public Schools does not discriminate against any student 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 students enrolled, just like traditional public schools.  Once fully enrolled, Alliance schools function solely on public, per-pupil funding.  Our fundraising focuses on opening new schools. 
What is the advantage of attending an Alliance school?
Alliance schools offer a small, safe learning environment, and a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum that prepares students for success in college.  Furthermore, Alliance schools provide every student with access to technology and the latest educational software. 95% of our students graduate from high school and nearly 100% of our graduates are accepted into college.
How many Alliance schools are in the Los Angeles area?
Currently we have a total of 25 schools.  
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 students 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.  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 students.
Does my child need to wear a uniform?
 Yes. Alliance students 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.
Do Alliance schools provide transportation?
School bus transportation is not provided for charter schools.  However, students can receive discounts on public transportation.
Are parents required to volunteer?
We are committed to working with parents as partners in providing a high-quality learning experience for all students. Parents sign a Parent/Student 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 students with special needs?
Yes.  Alliance schools encourage all students 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 students during advisory classes, after school, and on weekends.
What types of classes are offered at Alliance schools?
Alliance schools offer a rigorous, standards-based, college-preparatory curriculum.  100% of Alliance graduates pass the A-G 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 extra-curricular courses are available. 
Do Alliance students participate in state tests?
Yes.  Alliance students take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which measures student performance based on Common Core State Standards. 
How do I enroll my child at an Alliance charter school?
Visit our enrollment page to 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.