Reminder: Oxford Prep-Saddleback Valley’s Random Public Lottery is April 20th at 1PM

Lottery Information and Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time and location of the lottery?

Oxford Prep-Saddleback Valley’s Random Public Lottery will be held:

Friday, April 20, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.
Oxford Prep-Saddleback Valley Honour Hall
22882 Loumont Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Who is entered in the 2018-2019 public lottery?

The 2018-2019 Oxford Prep-Saddleback Valley public lottery will include all students who applied for placement during the 15-day Open Enrollment period and were not placed according to the Preferences for Enrollment outlined in our Charter.

There will be one lottery with two drawings conducted on Friday, April 20, 2018, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

How many openings exist for the 2018-2019 public lottery?

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)/Kindergarten openings:

Oxford Prep-Saddleback Valley has a total of 12 spots available in Transitional Kindergarten and/or Kindergarten at the time of the lottery.

First through Eighth-grade openings:

There are no openings for placement in grades one through eight at this time.

Why is a lottery held and how are students admitted?

When we receive more applications than we have openings, a random public lottery is conducted to establish placement, sibling priority, and wait lists for each grade level.

As indicated in the Charter Petition, Element 8, admission preferences in the case of a public random lottery will be given to the following students in the order below:

  • Currently enrolled students.
  • Children of OPA staff and children of Founding Members combined (will not exceed 10% of total enrollment).
  • Siblings of current students.

Per the requirements of the Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP), Oxford Prep-Saddleback Valley will hold two separate drawings at this year’s lottery as described below:

  1. All students enrolled during the Open Enrollment Period who reside within the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) will be included in the first random drawing at the lottery.
  2. All students enrolled during the Open Enrollment Period who reside outside of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) will be included in the second random drawing at the lottery. This is to comply with the Preferences for Enrollment and with federal guidelines of the Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) for grant funding.

What time will you be drawing my child’s name?

Oxford Prep-Saddleback Valley’s random public lottery will begin at 1:00 p.m. and continue until the names of all students enrolled during Oxford Prep’s Open Enrollment period are drawn.

Parents/Guardians are not required to be present for the drawing process, but are welcome to attend any portion of the event. Lottery cards for students within the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) will be drawn first; cards for students outside the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) will be drawn after within District students’ cards have been drawn.  

If I can’t stay all day, will the names be posted?

Yes, drawing results will be posted for viewing at the school site during the public lottery at 3:00 p.m., again at 5:00 p.m., and the end of the lottery. The lottery result lists will be posted at the Oxford Prep-Saddleback Valley campus during the week following the lottery. A postcard will be mailed to each students’ home to indicate placement status approximately two weeks following the lottery.

Is attendance at the lottery required for admission to Oxford Preparatory Academy?

Families are invited to attend the public lottery, however, it is not mandatory. As stated above, postcards will be mailed to families following the April 20, 2018 lottery to indicate their placement status or waitlist number.

The lottery will also be streamed live on our website at https://apply.oxfordpreparatoryacademy.com/lottery/

What are our chances for being admitted?

Following the lottery, you will receive a postcard indicating your child’s placement or waitlist number. There may be movement on the waitlist after the lottery, over the summer, and even into the school year. If an opening becomes available, you will be contacted for placement according to your waitlist number

Please stay informed and connected to Oxford Preparatory Academy-Saddleback Valley by visiting our website at https://saddleback.oxfordpreparatoryacademy.com.