Kindergarten Enrollment FAQ's
For a full understanding of the entire Enrollment Process please also reveiw the Enrollment Procedures page.
Q: How does the lottery and waitlist work?
A: If the number of students who wish to attend exceeds the available capacity, a random public lottery will be held and a waiting list will be generated. The Lottery for the 2014-15 school year will be held Thursday, February 13th, 2014. According to our Charter, the following receive preference for admission:
- existing students
- siblings of existing students
- children of Blue Oak staff
- children and grandchildren of Charter Council Board members
- students enrolled in McManus Elementary school or reside in its attendance area
- students who reside in the Chico Unified School District
Q: How old does my child need to be to be admitted into Kindergarten?
A: For the current 2013-14 school year, California State law requires the student must be 5 years old on or before October 1st 2013 to be admitted into Kindergarten. For the 2014-15 school year the law will require the student to be 5 years old on or before September 1st 2014.
Q: Why am I hearing about my child doing 2 years of Kindergarten?
A: Waldorf pedagogy is developmentally based. It is important that your child is developmentally ready for the curriculum that is presented at each grade level. Also, older students in a class are typically more successful than younger students. We strongly urge parents to allow their child 2 years of Kindergarten whenever possible, and to heed recommendation of our experienced Kindergarten teachers. Depending on where your child’s birthday falls they may be eligible for 1 year of Kindergarten, but their birth date is not the only factor considered. Those Kindergartners that fall into the younger group (birthdays between June 1 – Oct.1) are typically recommended for an additional year of Kindergarten. Each year teachers will make their recommendations to parents at the end of the year. If you have concerns about this you should schedule an appointment to sit down and discuss it with our school Principal.