enrollment faq

BCS provides families with an innovative, empowering and results-oriented choice.

How does the enrollment process work?

California Education Code and our charter with the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) govern the enrollment procedures. Bullis Charter School (BCS) accepts applications for any student residing in California and there is no application fee.

If there are more applications than spots for a specific grade level, then enrollment is determined by a public random drawing, also known as “the lottery,” that is held following the close of the Open Enrollment period. SCCOE authorized enrollment preferences for this public lottery are applied based on the following hierarchy within each grade level:

1) Siblings of current BCS students who reside within the boundaries of the Los Altos School District.

2) Children who qualify for free or reduced priced meals and reside within the boundaries of the Los Altos School District, limited to 10% of the total openings at each grade level.

3) Children of BCS staff members who reside within the boundaries of the Los Altos School District.

4) Children who reside within the boundaries of the Los Altos School District.

5) Siblings of current BCS students who reside outside of the boundaries of the Los Altos School District.

6) Children of BCS staff members who reside outside of the boundaries of the Los Altos School District.

7) Children who qualify for free or reduced priced meals who reside outside the boundaries of the Los Altos School District but within California.

8) All other applicants who reside within California.

BCS offers equal access to applicants through our enrollment lottery regardless of their actual or perceived disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of a hate crime or association with an individual who has any of the aforementioned characteristics. Additionally, BCS offers a comprehensive education program that is committed to meeting the needs of all students regardless of ability level or learning needs including but not limited to: Special Education, Gifted and Talented, and English Language Learners.

When is the lottery and how does it work?

The public random lottery for the 2022-2023 school year will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 11:00am. While families who submitted enrollment packets are welcome to attend, it is not required in order for their child(ren) to be entered into the lottery. Lottery results are emailed to all families and will be posted online.

Is there tuition?

No. BCS is a free public school, open to all students in the state of California. Every child who attends BCS receives an innovative, rigorous, and well-rounded education at no cost to their family.

The Bullis-Purissima Elementary School Foundation (aka “BCS Foundation”), a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization independent from BCS, solicits voluntary donations from BCS families to provide critical financial support to BCS’s programs. No donation is required or expected for admission to BCS, nor for a student’s continued enrollment or participation.

What is the cutoff date for Kindergarten?

To be eligible for Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year, your child’s 5th birthday must be no later than September 1, 2022.

What is the age requirement for Transitional Kindergarten?

Your child must turn 5 between September 2, 2022 and February 2, 2023 to be eligible for our Transitional Kindergarten program for the 2022-23 school year.

How does the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program work at BCS?

If your child qualifies for TK at BCS, their application will be placed and drawn with the Kindergarten applications during the enrollment lottery. The TK students will be placed in Kindergarten classrooms as appropriate, but will follow a modified curriculum that is supported by their individual Focused Learning Goals.

When do I need to submit my child’s proof of immunizations?

Per California law, proof of immunizations are required to be submitted for your child prior to them attending school at BCS (or any other public school). Additionally, a physical exam must be done no earlier than 18 months before entering 1st grade (for example, if you have an incoming kindergarten student, you would schedule your exam for mid-February or later). A complete list of health requirements is included in the registration forms sent after an offer of enrollment has been accepted.

I want my child to finish his/her current school year without any distractions. Will my child’s name be kept confidential?

Yes. All information submitted through the enrollment process will be kept confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law. We will not release your child’s name without your consent unless he/she is accepted for admission and enrolled with BCS.

If I enroll my child at BCS, can I change my mind?

Yes. Filling out and returning an acceptance packet does not commit you to a decision. If for any reason your plans change and you no longer wish to enroll your child at BCS, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your child’s place to another interested student.

How do I get my other questions answered?

Our website contains a wealth of information about our programs including many other Frequently Asked Questions. We would be happy to answer any other questions you may have. The most efficient way to get your answers is to email info@bullischarterschool.com. You may also call the enrollment line at 650-947-4100 and press 1 to leave a message for our enrollment coordinator.

Please be sure to let us know what grade level you are inquiring about and the current school district you reside in so that we can give you complete information if you are not available when we return your call.

Bullis Charter School (BCS) is a free public charter school authorized by the Santa Clara County Board of Education (SCCBOE) and subject to the fiscal and programmatic oversight of the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE).